AHEM is pleased to partner The Do More Agriculture Foundation in delivering a 1-hour live virtual webinar focused on mental health in agriculture.
When: March 21, 2023 (in english only)
Time: 9 AM PST/10 AM MST/11 AM CST/1 PM AST/1:30 PM NST

The workshop, delivered by Megz Reynolds, is designed to introduce participants to mental health in agriculture, highlight how to support ourselves and others, the importance of refilling our own cups and how to have conversations about mental health. This will be a “hands on” workshop with group exercises to engage participants and practice having conversations.

Visit www.animalhealth.ca/workshops today to register for the date that works best for you. There is no cost to attend!

It is now official: The newly released budget for 2023 reaffirms Manitoba’s inter-provincial agreement with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan to increase the intake to 20 seats every year until it supports 80 Manitoba students annually through the four-year program. The agreement, reached late last fall, will provide over $134 million to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) for the next five years to attract, and train Manitoba students for a career in veterinary medicine.

The commitment was part of the government’s $1.8-billion 2023 budget, announced on March 7, and came as welcome news to the new president of the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

“A commitment to funding veterinary medical education is the first and most important step towards addressing the veterinary shortage in Manitoba, along with shortages in other provinces,” Dr. Mackenzie Marks said. “This is something we’ve been working to achieve for many months now, so it’s great to hear the province is committed to helping us move forward.”

The budget also contained provisions to bolster animal disease preparedness in Manitoba through enhanced surveillance and detection. The province will look to strengthen veterinary diagnostic testing and disease analysis to reduce large-scale risks for livestock and poultry producers by enhancing staffing at the Veterinary Diagnostic Services Laboratory to support higher volumes of animal disease testing and the provision of timely results. Other measures include investing $396,000 to support the operations of the new Laboratory Information Management System, according to the Honourable Derek Johnson, Minister of Agriculture.

Click here for the additional details available on the province’s budget website page.

The MVMA is delighted to pass on information about the 2022 Registered Veterinary Technologist Compensation Review. The MVMA supports the hard work of the MVTA and its partners in creating this report, which is sure to be helpful to veterinary technologists and their employers. The report and additional information can be located here.

MB Mixed-Animal Clinics – Please help spread the word with your small-scale swine and poultry clients. Manitoba Agriculture is hosting two seminars on health and biosecurity for small holder swine and poultry owners in March. Feel free to print this PDF agenda and post in your clinics, share on your social media accounts, or email to interested clients. The registration link to each event is included in the agenda. Thank you!

Please join Manitoba Agriculture for an evening webinar on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Manitoba.

Whether you have a personal interest in feathery friends or treat a few small flocks in your practice, this webinar will be of interest to you! Dr. Deanne Wilkinson, Extension Veterinarian with Manitoba Agriculture, will be discussing many aspects of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, from disease history to outbreak mitigation strategies that practitioners can bring back to clients. The webinar will also provide an overview of the 2022 outbreak in Manitoba and insight into the disease outbreak process.

When: April 12, 2023 at 7:00pm – webinar will be recorded

Humane Canada, the representative of the animal welfare sector in our country, is inviting MVMA members to attend the 10th edition of the Summit for Animals in Victoria, B.C., May 2 – 4.

This conference brings together animal welfare professionals, advocates and volunteers to learn cutting-edge information from thought leaders in the sector while building long-lasting professional connections that will help advance attendees’ advocacy efforts to benefit animals and their welfare. This year, there will be sessions on shelter medicine, such as “Caring for Kittens: Best Practices for Best Outcomes” by Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, Senior Director, Shelter Medicine Service, ASPCA, “Emergency triage for the whole team: Assessing urgency, patient stability, and prognosis” by Dr. Caitlin McLagan, Veterinarian and Medical Director, South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital, and “Care and Husbandry of Rabbits in the Shelter” by Dr. Markus Luckwaldt, Clinical Practitioner and Practice Owner, Greenwood Park Animal Hospital.

There are exclusive travel and accommodation discounts available to everyone who registers. To learn more, please visit https://humanecanada.swoogo.com/summit/summit or email events@humanecanada.ca

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