Congratulations to veterinarian and author Dr. Philipp Schott on the launch of The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten : Even More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian (ECW Press) at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Grant Park, November 17. His third book in what has become a bestselling series offers a variety of heartwarming, funny, and adorable stories that make up a pet vet’s day. Originally from Saskatoon, Dr. Schott is now chief of staff at a large pet hospital in Winnipeg. Click here for more:…/the-battle-cry-of-the…

Below you will find links to the newly updated and landmark Cat Friendly guidelines published in this month’s edition of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS).  The ISFM and AAFP assigned task force members have been working diligently together over the last year and a half to develop the most up to date document with regards to understanding and respecting feline emotions and applying this understanding to veterinary care. AAFP Past President Kelly St. Denis states that they have started by moving away from the terms ‘restraint’ and ‘handling’ towards ‘interactions’ with the guidance of eminent feline behaviourists Dr. Sarah Heath and Dr. Sarah Ellis, and with an understanding that our time with cats in the veterinary clinic should very much be an interaction rather than a forceful, imposed handling experience. She mentions that they have completely rewritten the original 2011 document and expanded the guidelines to include 2 main sections: Cat Friendly Interactions and Cat Friendly Veterinary Environment.  The November issue of JFMS also includes an article on 10 years of CF practice/clinics and the ISFM Cat Friendly Principles. Kelly also mentions that these pivotal guidelines will mark the foundation for feline veterinary care moving forward into the next decade and beyond.

It’s that time once again. Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is calling for a representative from the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association to participate in the 2023 WCVM admissions interview process. All WCVM interviews will be held online using Zoom with dates for Manitoba interviews set for May 1-5 and May 29-June 2, 2023.

Each year, representatives from each provincial veterinary medical association are invited to participate as members of the interview panel for their respective province which has a significant benefit to the selection process. Ideally, each representative will be able to participate in both weeks of interview dates. Anyone interested is invited to contact Sabina at the MVMA via email at The nominations are due by December 1, 2022.

Calling all Manitoba vets and vet techs! Provincial veterinarians are invited to comment on Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) review and public consultation on the use of strychnine and 1080 that is now underway. Click here to visit the PMRA consultation page to participate. Closing date is November 29, 2022.

You may recall that in February 2021 the CVMA then President. Dr. Enid Stiles wrote to the Minister for Health Canada regarding CVMA concern that “humaneness” had not been considered in the Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) review of strychnine and 1080 as approved pesticides to kill large predators such as wolves. The products must be federally approved by PMRA for use; however, the operationalization of the products is under provincial jurisdiction. The use of these products runs counter to several CVMA positions as well as those of the Canadian Council on Animal Care, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the World Organisation for Animal Health due to the intense and prolonged suffering caused in both target and non-target species.

Later that year, in December 2021, the CVMA Immediate Past-President, Dr. Louis Kwantes, presented the concern to the all-party Animal Welfare Caucus, (led by N. Erskine Smith) once again citing our rationale for calling for a national ban on the use of these compounds.

Health Canada/PMRA is now undertaking another review and public consultation of the product but, despite the CVMA’s efforts, continues to exclude any consideration of the suffering caused by these products in its submission.

The MVMA has submitted an organizational comment on the Health Canada/PMRA consultation page and hope that MVMA members will voice their concerns as well.

The CVMA and MVMA are calling on members to provide individual comments on the need for PMRA to consider the unacceptable suffering these products cause in target and non-target species in their review via the PMRA consultation page.

We ask that you urge Health Canada/PMRA to consult with subject matter experts and other veterinarians who have witnessed strychnine poisoning regarding the severe suffering induced by these products and join the CVMA in calling for a national ban.

Please consider the submission below by subject matter expert Dr. Nigel Caulkett (reprinted with permission):

I am a professor of veterinary anesthesiology who has worked in the field of wildlife and farm animal welfare for 30 years. I am a clinician/researcher. Animal welfare is rarely black and white, with a few exceptions. One of these exceptions is the use of strychnine and monofluroacetate to kill predators. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Council on Animal Care, and many other governing bodies have statements and guidelines against the use of these agents. Death from these agents is incredibly inhumane. I have treated strychnine intoxication in dogs on several occasions. The look in their eyes as they convulse is one of pure terror. It is an horrific way to die. As a veterinary anesthesiologist I deal with stressful situations and must maintain composure to do my job. I recall an occasion with a strychnine patient when I had serious difficulty placing an IV to deliver pentobarbital in order to terminate the severe convulsions. This was because I was shaking uncontrollably at witnessing the extreme distress of the dog. The only human comparison is a death from nerve agent intoxication. A war crime. The fact that an agency can deliberately administer these agents to kill wolves, bears, coyotes, etc. is disgusting and can never be justified. Your document contains nothing regarding the animal welfare cost of using these agents for predator control; this omission is shocking, as the use of these agents for this purpose should never be approved on welfare grounds alone. The use of these agents in Alberta is an horrific legacy of animal cruelty. Predator control and caribou recovery projects take place across Canada without the use of these intoxicants. Health Canada needs to take the high road and stop enabling this practice immediately. If you need more evidence of the inhumane nature of these agents talk to ANY veterinarian who has dealt with strychnine intoxication. 

The Animal Health Emergency Management (AHEM) project has recently released its new resource, Emergency Response Procedures for NON-DISEASE RELATED EMERGENCIES.

The 10-page document was developed to provide producers and animal caregivers with guidance on preparing for and responding to:

  • structure fires and wildfires
  • flooding
  • power grid and utilities failures
  • severe drought, and
  • livestock vehicle transport accidents.

You can view, download, and print the new resource by visiting

The MVMA would like to welcome two new Council Members Dr. Morgan Wawryk and Dr. Jaclyn Kaufman.

Dr. Jackie Kaufman grew up on a beef farm in rural Southern Ontario and initially started her degree in the Science in Agriculture program before graduating with her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2016. She then moved to Prince Edward Island to continue training in a 1-year rotating large animal internship and then a 3-year large animal surgery residency at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Jackie became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2021 and defended her Master of Science thesis earlier this year. Jackie has a strong interest in large animal surgery and equine sports medicine. She spends her spare time exploring new restaurants with her fiance and enjoying time with their cats.




Dr. Wawryk is originally from Alberta and has enjoyed living in all the prairie provinces during her life. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, a Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to Winnipeg in May of 2019 for family reasons and has enjoyed staying here.

She has a interest in Dermatology, Behavior and Nutrition for both cats and dogs. She likes seeing how all these three specialities are often codependent on each other and how we can make a difference in animals lives by looking at all these factors. She loves the wellness portion of Veterinary medicine and making connections with clients and seeing animals through their lives and the bonds humans share with their four (or three-legged) companions.

Dr. Wawryk lives with her partner and has a mirage of cats and dogs that keep her busy in the home. Most of which like all veterinary staff pets have something special about them like behavior and nutritional issues. In the little free time she has, she has recently taken up photography and is planning on traveling to pursue this hobby. She has also recently started powerlifting competitions as her exercise passion.


The MVMA Council wants membership to be advised that the provincial Apiarist, Rhéal Lafrenière, has retired and that bee related questions can be sent to Dr. Sarah Wood, WCVM Research Chair in Pollinator Health at  | Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology.

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