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Feline Declaw Survey Results

Thank you for your participation in our recent Feline Declaw Survey. Council has reviewed your responses and is in the process of determining the best course of action to take. We appreciate your patience in awaiting this action. If you are interested in seeing the survey results, they can be viewed below.

Results | Comments


New Deputy Registrar

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Stacey Thomas, DVM, as the new Deputy Registrar appointed by Council.


Practice Standards and Notices

Please familiarize yourself with the recently published Professional Practice Standards below which are enforceable upon notification (unless specified otherwise).

Apr. 2017  Advertising (see also Jan. 2018 Notice of “24/7” Signage and Advertising Change)
Dec. 2017   Controlled Drugs
Dec. 2017  Medical Records – General
Dec. 2017  Medical Records – Companion Animals (revised Jan. 2018)
 Jan. 2018  Thermoregulation

Please refer to the Legislation Standards and Policy page for all Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Notices.


Annual Registration Fees

Fees were due on December 31, 2017. If you have not yet paid, your licence to practise veterinary medicine ceased as of December 31, 2017. Practising without licensure could expose you to risk of complaints, civil action, denial of insurance coverage, unauthorized practise proceedings, and licensure reapplication and penalty fees.


Cat Declawing (Feline Partial-Digital Amputation) Statement

Recently, veterinarians have contacted the College with various opinions relating to the issue of cat declawing. The Council of the College of Veterinarians of BC began its consideration of this important animal welfare issue at its January 20, 2018 meeting. Council will give careful consideration to the enactments and research from other jurisdictions and will develop a detailed survey to obtain the profession’s valuable feedback. Council is committed to addressing this issue in a thoughtful and timely manner.


Deputy Registrar Resignation

Dr. John Brocklebank advised the Registrar and President on November 1st that he is resigning as Deputy Registrar effective December 31st, 2017. John has been with the College since September 2004, which means he has seen the organization through many changes. Recently feeling matters have stabilized, John has decided it is time to pursue new and resurrected interests. John has expressed to Council and to the Registrar his gratitude for the privilege to have served the College. John extends similar gratitude to all registrants as well as to the public, and also to current (and former) staff, inspectors, and committee members who have assisted him over the years. The wealth of his experience and institutional knowledge will be greatly missed. The CVBC thanks him for his years of dedicated service and we wish him all the best in the future.