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Title: THE CANADIAN VETERINARY


1
Canadian Veterinary ReserveRéserve vétérinaire
canadienne
  • THE CANADIAN VETERINARY
  • RESERVE

Presentation to Students of the Ontario
Veterinary College Scarlett Magda Holly
SpringNov 27, 2007
2
What is a Veterinary Reserve?
  • It is a specific group of veterinarians and
    potentially students and
  • other animal health technical and support
  • personnel, who are trained to assist in
  • responding to large-scale disasters where
  • animals are directly or indirectly
  • involved.

3
Purpose of this Presentation
  • To familiarize veterinary students with the CVR
  • To gauge the interest of veterinary students in
    being a part of the CVR
  • To receive ideas from veterinary students on
    their potential role within the CVR

4
Why a Veterinary Reserve?
  • The concept is similar to that of a military
  • reserve or a reserve of fire-fighters.
  • The CVR is meant to address problems faced
  • by emergency managers in regard to
  • animal health and welfare in large-scale
  • animal disease outbreaks and/or civil
  • disasters.

5
Why we have to care about animals in disasters?
We have a professional responsibility to animals
and to society
6
Animal health and human health are inextricably
linked
7
Diseased, threatened and injured animals present
both health and safety hazards
2005 New Orleans A man chases away horses and
mules normally used to pull tourists on car
rides.
8
Emotional bond between animals and humans
Rescued
Leaving New Orleans
9
Significant national economic psychological
consequences
Foot Mouth Disease (UK)
10
Drivers for establishing a Canadian Veterinary
Reserve
  • National demands
  • Foot Mouth Disease. Bovine Spongiform
    Encephalopathy, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
    and Avian Influenza - health impact economic
    impact
  • International needs
  • Hurricanes, Floods, Earthquakes, Wildfires
  • Other fears/concerns
  • Large-scale man made disasters

11
How the CVR was established
  • CVMA recognized the need for added capacity in
    large-scale emergencies
  • Awareness of initiatives in other countries
  • Professional due diligence re animals and
    society in Canada
  • Dec 2005 CVMA develops and adopts Emergency
    Plan

12
CVR Stakeholders
  • Provincial Veterinary Medical Associations
  • Provincial VMA Registrars
  • Provincial Chief Veterinary Officers
  • Canadian Veterinary Colleges
  • Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
  • Oceanographic Environmental Research Society
    Other NGOs
  • Canadian Animal Health Coalition
  • Canadian Animal Health Institute
  • Canadian Assoc. of Animal Health Technologists
    Technicians
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

13
CVR Development
  • 3 Phases
  • Surge capacity to assist in large-scale
  • foreign animal disease outbreak
  • Capacity to assist in declared civil emergencies
    (natural and man-made)
  • Capacity to assist internationally in either
    capacity (animal disease and/or civil disasters)

14
CVR Development Status
  • Animal Disease Outbreak Response working well
    with the CFIA, initial recruitment of
    veterinarians completed and ongoing, 150
    veterinarians trained by March 2008.

15
Animal Disease Outbreaks
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is
    responsible for leading the response.
  • Reservists would have been pre-trained by the
    CFIA in how to respond in such an emergency
  • Reservists would be called up by the Canadian
    Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) on the
    request of the CFIA
  • Reservists would be contacted by the CVMA and
    once assigned would work under the direction of
    the CFIA

16
What will Reservists do in responding to an
Animal Disease Outbreak?
  • Assist CFIA Area Emergency Response Team for
    periods of up to 3 weeks
  • Investigate suspected/actual incidents of
    reportable/other major animal disease outbreaks
  • Evaluate animal health diagnose diseases
  • Ensure compliance with CFIA regulations
  • Act as CFIA-designated inspectors
  • Testify as expert witnesses in legal proceedings
  • Perform duties restricted to emergency functions
    as outlined in position descriptions assigned by
    CFIA Area Managers

17
Potential Student Roles in an Animal Disease
Outbreak
  • CVR training to be reserve ready at time of
    graduation
  • Assist in providing information to CFIA clients
    (farmers and industry) during an outbreak
  • Language translation for farm meetings
  • Work with a CFIA vet in a Tech-like capacity
  • Data collection
  • Surveillance
  • Administrative assistance
  • Any and all of these roles would be
    determined in agreement with the CFIA and other
    stakeholders (including the students themselves)

18
CVR Development Status
  • Civil Emergencies Response in discussions with
    various stakeholders, early development stage

19
Civil Emergencies natural and man-made disasters
  • Provinces and territories take the lead
  • There are many more organizations and agencies to
    deal with
  • The CVR is working with leaders in provinces and
    territories to address animal health issues in
    emergencies

20
What Will Civil Reservists Do?
  • Work directly with first responders
  • Civil program is under development with Public
    Health Agency of Canada, Public Safety Canada
    provincial govts
  • Link to provincial emergency measure
    organizations Chief Veterinary Officers
  • Formed into Animal Health Emergency Response
    Teams with vet techs, NGOs on a regional basis
  • Same qualifications for vets required as for the
    CFIA CVR program
  • Training will be different for the civil
    reservists
  • Exercises/simulations table-top and field

21
Potential Student Roles in a Natural or Man-Made
Disaster (Civil Emergency)
  • Student-driven (initiated) specific roles to be
    defined as the civil program is developed
  • Assist Animal Health Emergency Response Teams
  • Workshops or self-teaching of emergency
    management, incident command, DHS modules
    Animals in Disaster
  • Research other countries (USA, UK, Australia, EU)
    experience with students and vet reserves
  • Student participation in exercises simulations
  • Any and all of these roles would be
    determined in agreement with other stakeholders
    (including the students themselves)

22
CVR Development Status
  • International Response building awareness and
    developing relationships internationally
  • Stay tuned!

23
Next Steps with Veterinary Students
  • Participate in SCVMA Symposium at OVC in January,
    2008
  • Continued research, discussion and development of
    ideas for student involvement in the CVR
  • Coordinate with faculty CVR reps to keep abreast
    of CVR development and the role of the vet
    colleges
  • Determine level of student interest
  • Gather your input and ideas as to how vet
    students might be a part of the CVR

24
Questions / Answers
  • Questions
  • reserve_at_cvma-acmv.org
  • Answers
  • - www.canadianveterinarians.net
  • - www.veterinairesaucanada.net
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