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Cat Declaw (Partial Digital Amputation) Standard of Practice

The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia is banning the practice of declawing cats unless it is necessary as an appropriate medical therapy. The new mandatory standard of practice is being implemented after researching other jurisdictions and consultation with BC veterinarians. Although Nova Scotia is the only other Canadian province to ban cat declawing, it is also banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Brazil, the United Kingdom, parts of Europe and some cities in California.

Under the Veterinarians Act, the CVBC has the power to investigate and impose disciplinary action on veterinarians who ignore the new standard of practice. The Act allows disciplinary enforcement of non-compliance with bylaws and mandatory standards of practice, without distinction (ss. 52 and 61). 
CVBC Council passed a motion on May 4, 2018 making the mandatory standard effective as soon as registrants receive notification. Please follow the link below to read the standard.

Professional Practice Standard: Feline Partial Digit Amputation / Declawing


Equine Dental Services Alert

We have received information that a non-veterinarian is offering non-sedation equine dental services in the Pemberton area in late April. We are in the process of contacting that individual to ascertain whether the services will be offered under the supervision of a veterinarian. 

The CVBC’s position on anyone other than a registrant offering to float horse’s teeth and offering “dental services” is found
herePlease refer to additional materials on this website under Public Protection/Unauthorized Practice/InjunctionsIf you have any questions, please contact the office.


Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease
On March 2, 2018, it was initially reported that Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) had been identified in the feral rabbit population in the Nanaimo area. To date, all cases have been in feral European rabbits; no cases have been identified in domestic or native rabbits.

RHD is highly contagious and spreads easily via various contaminated substances and surfaces (clothing, shoes, etc.). It is also very resistant in the environment and within the carcasses of dead rabbits. Strict biosecurity is key for the prevention of spread to other rabbits. We encourage you to follow these links to a very thorough Fact Sheet on RHD and a document on Rabbit Biosecurity Protocols. RHD is an "immediately notifiable disease", defined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as "exotic to Canada for which there are no control or eradication programs." Please familiarize yourself with the full explanation on their website.

For further information on how the investigation is proceeding, inquiries on sample submissions or to be put in touch with other veterinarians who are trying to coordinate a group vaccine order, please contact the Wildlife Veterinarian with the FLNRO, Dr. Helen Schwantje at

***MARCH 27, 2018 UPDATE***
The College has received notice from the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of BC (Dr. Jane Pritchard) that the Canadian Centre of Veterinary Biologics (CCVB) has agreed to allow importation of an unlicensed vaccine to BC, but that it must be organized through a single importer for further distribution to Canadian veterinarians. The CCVB is making an exception and allowing the CVO to take the lead role in importing the vaccine for distribution to individual veterinarians. The order will be received and distributed by the Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford, BC. 

Any veterinarians wanting to order vaccine doses must submit a request to the CVO indicating the names and addresses of each veterinarian (and practice) placing an order, as well as the number of vials being ordered via e-mail to

Costs of Vaccines (does not include shipping and packaging):
1. Blister pack of 10 individual dose vials = 120 Euros = $191.59 or $20/dose. The single dose vaccine batch will have an expiry date of April 8, 2019. 
2. Cardbox of one 50-dose multi-dose vial = 65 Euros = $103.78 or $2.10/dose. The 50-dose vial will expire September 28, 2018 or 2 hours after reconstitution.

For every dose administered by the veterinarian, the CVO will require a signed vaccination certificate (a template for the certificate will be provided by the CVO) that is signed by both the veterinarian administering the vaccine and the client (acknowledging that this is an unlicensed product); the signed certificate will need to be scanned/emailed or faxed back to the CVO.

***APRIL 11, 2018 UPDATE***
RHD has been confirmed in feral rabbits in Delta, Comox and Richmond. The Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford has had 23 submissions related to this disease outbreak to date with 11 positive (all from feral rabbit communities) and 6 negative. Some submissions consisted of more than one rabbit. Results are pending on 6 cases at this time, some of which are pet and commercial rabbits. This disease does not affect humans and only affects rabbits, no other animals. The strain in BC appears to be highly virulent and easily spread with a short incubation period. It also may infect rabbits less than 30 days of age unlike most other strains. 

The test for confirming RHD is available at the provincial veterinary diagnostic lab in Abbotsford (Animal Health Centre). Submission forms are available on the website. Testing for just RHD is being carried out without charge. If further testing or a complete necropsy was needed fees, as explained on the website, will apply.

***APRIL 17, 2018 UPDATE***
RHD has been confirmed in feral rabbits in the Parksville area.

RHD Statement (April 16, 2018)


Practice Standards and Notices

Please familiarize yourself with the recently published Professional Practice Standards below which are enforceable upon notification (unless specified otherwise).

Dec. 2017   Controlled Drugs
Dec. 2017  Medical Records – General
Dec. 2017  Medical Records – Companion Animals (revised Jan. 2018)
 Jan. 2018  Notice of “24/7” Signage and Advertising Change (see also Apr. 2017 Advertising)
 Jan. 2018  Thermoregulation (revised Mar. 2018)

Please refer to the Legislation Standards and Policy page for all Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Notices.


New Deputy Registrar

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Stacey Thomas, DVM, as the new Deputy Registrar appointed by Council.


Annual Registration Fees

Fees were due on December 31, 2017. If you have not yet paid, your licence to practise veterinary medicine ceased as of December 31, 2017. Practising without licensure could expose you to risk of complaints, civil action, denial of insurance coverage, unauthorized practise proceedings, and licensure reapplication and penalty fees.


​Tattoo Identification Program
Effective December 31, 2016 the CVBC ceased to administer the current Tattoo Identification Program. The 
BC Pet Registry, owned and operated by the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA), has absorbed the current CVBC Tattoo Identification Program. Further information regarding the transition from the CVBC Tattoo Identification Program to the BC SPCA Pet Registry can be found here