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CVBC AGM date: November 2, 2018
In response to a recent survey, Council has chosen to hold our Annual General Meeting on the afternoon of Friday, November 2018 at the Pinnacle Harbourside Hotel in downtown Vancouver, to dovetail with the CVMA-SBCV Chapter 2018 Fall Conference and Trade Show. Please mark your calendars.

New Survey: Feline Declaw
On February 16, 2018, we distributed a new survey to the profession. Please ensure you take the time to complete the survey no later than March 8, 2018. The results will be tabulated on an anonymous basis by an independent service provider and provided to Council for consideration of next steps.

Website Outages
From February 22nd to 26th the CVBC website will be down for maintenance. Please contact our office if you require any information during that time.

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



Annual Declaration and Self-Assessment Forms

The Annual Practice Declaration Form is returnable to the CVBC office by January 31, 2018. This two page form is part of the longer Self-Assessment form which can be found here. Please e-mail a pdf of the form to
The Self-Assessment Form must be completed by January 31, 2018 but need not be submitted (unless requested).


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.


Statement regarding Cat Declawing (Feline Partial-Digital Amputation)

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.



Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Prescription Guidelines

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.