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Statement Regarding Cat Declawing (Feline Partial-Digit Onychectomy)


On January 17, 2018, we released the following statement to the media:


The College of Veterinarians of BC is aware of the concerns many people have on the important issue of cat declawing. At this time, the only jurisdiction in Canada which has banned the procedure is Nova Scotia.  The ban will take effect in March 2018. Although we appreciate the concerns of various stakeholders, the CVBC believes in careful consideration of this animal welfare matter and has planned a study of the impacts of such action in Nova Scotia and other jurisdictions. The goal of the study is to examine the optimal way of meeting the objectives of all stakeholders. Following the study, CVBC will hold consultations before deciding on a course of action.


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Statement of College of Veterinarian of BC
2 January 2018

On October 25, 2017, the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) approved the name “RAPS Animal Hospital”, one of three options requested by the applicant.

The two other proposed options were not acceptable because they included the descriptor “regional”, which the CVBC does not support because it could lead the public to assume that the proposed hospital is government-associated or that it will provide a level of service and availability similar to regional hospitals in the human health care system.

The applicant rejected our decision despite our efforts to explain the rationale and to suggest compromises that could have led to a speedy resolution. In November, the applicant initiated a review which could not be completed due to late delivery of materials.

On December 25th, after the CVBC office closed for the holidays, we received a letter from the applicant’s legal counsel advising that the originally approved name “RAPS Animal Hospital” is acceptable. The correspondence suggests reasonable compromises the applicant would undertake, which we believe we can support. We have reached out to their lawyer and are awaiting a response. In the meantime, the applicant has chosen to launch a media campaign.

We at the CVBC have been, and remain, available to discuss how to work with the approved name and avoid delays.

Luisa Hlus
Registrar and CEO
Legal Counsel

Guidelines for the prescription of medical marijuana and cannabidiol in BC have been published and can be found here

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.

The CVBC Position Statement on a veterinarians duty to report animal abuse or neglect has been published and can be found here