AMU News

Case Study: Establishing a Valid Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship

By December 1, 2018, Health Canada will require that all antimicrobials used in animals will be under the oversight of a registered veterinarian and will require a prescription. Read more

We All have a Role to Play
Veterinarians, producers and pet owners will have a role to play in responsible antimicrobial use. This includes a better understanding of the reason why these federal regulation changes are taking place, so we can maintain high quality care for animals. Read more on the Bigger Picture.

What Does Establishing a Valid VCPR Mean?
To better understand how to establish a valid veterinarian-client-patient-relationship (VCPR), the following case studies and scenarios have been developed.

  • Cow-Calf Producer Case Study
  • Article: Treating Honey Bees and Pollinators: What Veterinary Medical Professionals Need to Know

Find out more about the establishment of a valid VCPR here


New CMIB published on CFIA’s website April 4, 2018

CFIA has been working on a new version of the Compendium of Medicating Ingredient Brochures (CMIB) to better align with Health Canada’s regulatory and policy changes related to Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIA).

The new CMIB was published on the CFIA’s website on April 4, 2018 (see announcement attached); however, the policy changes for MIAs only take effect on December 1, 2018. During the transition period, between April 1 and November 30, 2018, both CMIBs (the current version as well as the new version) will be valid. A PDF version of the current CMIB is attached to this email for reference as it has been removed from CFIA’s website.

The new CMIB has a different look than the current version and includes all approved in-feed medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription. Additional indexes have also been added to help search for information. As of December 1, 2018, only the new CMIB will be valid and CFIA inspectors will issue corrective actions for non-compliance with the new CMIB.

To help with the transition, ANAC has developed a fact sheet in collaboration with CFIA which is available on our website (also attached to this email). Further guidance on AMR initiatives can also be found on ANAC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship page. This page will be updated as more resources become available.

The CMIB web page contains the most up-to-date version and should be referenced frequently. To receive CMIB updates as they are published on the Agency’s website, you can subscribe at

  • Questions on the management of the inventory of medically important antimicrobials during the transition to December 1, 2018? Visit the Canadian Animal Health Institute website.

To stay up to date on other information about the upcoming Health Canada rule changes, visit the Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada section of the CVMA website.


New Rules for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Take Effect May 17, 2018 

By May 17, 2018, veterinarians, pharmacists, or those compounding a drug on the direction of a licensed veterinarian must do so in an establishment holding a Drug Establishment Licence when importing medically important antimicrobial active pharmaceutical ingredients. Read more.

Health Canada held webinars in February 2018 pertaining to the Antimicrobial Resistance Regulatory Amendment affecting veterinary drugs. Read more.

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