Notice to Industry - CFIA prepares Canada for an evaluation of its veterinary services by the World Organisation for Animal Health

Ottawa, March 10, 2017: This month, Canada will undergo its most comprehensive evaluation of veterinary services to date. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will be coordinating an assessment of the quality of veterinary infrastructure across the country and how it contributes to maintaining and strengthening international trade, ensuring the health of our nation's animals, and protecting the public from the risk of diseases transmitted from animals to humans.

The Performance of Veterinary Services evaluation will be conducted from March 13 to 28, 2017, by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The evaluation will be coordinated by the CFIA and involve federal and provincial governments and representatives from the veterinary sector and animal industry. The OIE evaluation team will be performing on-site visits across Canada at a wide range of locations, including slaughterhouses, laboratories, animal health related offices, farms and veterinary clinics.

The evaluation is not a regulatory exercise, but will help create a shared vision of how we can improve Canada's veterinary services.

Following the evaluation, a report of findings and recommendations will be used to help create a shared vision of how public and private-sector partners can work together to improve Canada's veterinary services.

Further information on the OIE's Performance of Veterinary Services Evaluation and the criteria for assessment can be found on the OIE's website.

Contacts

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600

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