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Update on Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol
Veterinarians have contacted the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) to inquire whether they may prescribe medical marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) to an animal. The question usually arises in one of two ways: an animal owner inquiring of a veterinarian, or a medical marijuana dispensary seeking authorization from a veterinarian. 
Veterinarians may advise their clients that: 
  1. There is no current legal pathway for veterinarians in BC to prescribe medical marijuana to animals as the federal government legislation Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations does not apply to veterinarians or to animals. The Regulations pertain to human health care and access for human patients only. 1
  2. There are currently no cannabidiol (CBD) products approved by Health Canada and therefore no legal pathway to obtain these products. The National Compliance Section, Office of Controlled Substances, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch of Health Canada has advised that cannabis (marijuana) and cannabidiol (CBD) are Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and that there are currently no approved CBD products for animals, meaning there is no legal pathway to obtain these products for animals in Canada. It is not enough that CBD oil or related products may be offered through a licensed supplier in Canada – the supplier must also be supplying a CBD product that is approved by Health Canada.
Health Canada can be contacted for additional information on cannabis or CBD products, or on the approval process for products for animals. For more information, contact the Veterinary Drugs Directorate at Health Canada (
Similar information is provided to veterinarians in Ontario by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) in the CVO e-update entitled Update on Medical Marijuana available at:

In 2014, the CVBC’s College Matters Newsletter had provided registrants with communication from Health Canada that The Emergency Drug Release Program that the Veterinary Drugs Directorate administers does not permit access to medical marihuana for animals.




Dear Registrants,

This notice is to invite you to the 2017 CVBC Annual General Meeting.

            Date:               Friday, November 24th, 2017

            Time:              6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

            Location:        The Sandman Signature “Round Room”

                                   10251 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC V6X 2M9

Please RSVP by October 24th, 2017 to


The agenda will consist of presentations of the content of the Annual Report, which will be made available at the meeting, and include the following:
  • President’s Report
  • Registrar’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Reports of Statutory Committees
  • Financial Statements


There are no resolutions proposed by Council.

 1This notice is provided in compliance with CVBC Bylaw s. 1.61(2)


Classified Ads

The CVMA-SVBC Chapter has agreed to take over the CVBC website’s classified ads so that we may relinquish one of our non-regulatory functions. Veterinary associations or societies in some provinces do provide this service, but veterinary colleges and other BC regulatory organizations do not.

The CVMA-SVBC Chapter is better positioned to provide classified ads, with existing links to the CVJ Classifieds, exposure to Canadian and international resources, and the reach of the West Coast Veterinarian to every member and veterinary facility in BC. You do not need to be a member of the CVMA-SVBC to take advantage of its classifieds.

The CVMA-SBCV has commenced publication of the Classified Ads (those formerly found on the CVBC’s website). Should you wish to visit the site or place an ad, the address is; here you will also find the Classified Ads link.

Resolution Of The HRT And Litigation Matters

The CVBC Council wishes to announce that the College will not  pursue judicial review of the October 2015 decision of the Human Rights Tribunal in Brar et al v. the College et al (the “HRT Decision”).  The College is addressing the various remedial orders made in the HRT Decision. Dr. Bhullar and Dr. Bajwa have withdrawn two further complaints filed with the Human Rights Tribunal. Other litigation between the College and Dr. Bhullar and some former employees of the College has also been resolved. These results were achieved after careful consideration and confidential mediation (a form of alternative dispute resolution premised on non-disclosure).  The College is very pleased to have achieved resolution. There will be no levies or fee increases related to the resolution in the upcoming CVBC budget.

CVBC President Brendan Matthews and Registrar/CEO Luisa Hlus say: “Council has acted in the best interests of the CVBC now and into the future.  We hope everyone will consider the immeasurable value of achieving what could not be accomplished through further public, difficult, costly and adversarial proceedings. Please join the CVBC in its commitment to move forward in a constructive and professional manner.”  

The following apology relating to the findings in the HRT Decision is posted on the CVBC website:

In the spirit of moving forward and acknowledging the findings of discrimination made by the Human Rights Tribunal in Brar and others v. BC Veterinary Medical Association and others, the College accepts the findings of discrimination against Indo-Canadian veterinarians and apologizes to all of the complainants for the loss of dignity, pain and suffering caused by the College’s conduct, including Dr. Hakam Bhullar and his family who suffered professional and personal distress by the College’s removal of his license in December 2009.  The College acknowledges its past mistakes in the standards, inspection and discipline arenas.  The College is now working to improve its processes and foster positive, constructive and forward-looking relationships with the complainants and all registrants.

Inquiries may be directed to the Registrar's office or to the CVBC Council President.

Injunction Granted Against DentaPet

The CVBC recently sought an injunction against Corinne Henderson, a non-registrant offering non-anesthetic teeth cleaning services (The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia v. Henderson, 2017 BCSC 917). 

On June 1, 2017, the Court granted the injunction against Henderson:  she is permanently prohibited from engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine, including the scaling of the teeth of an animal and performing dental hygiene on an animal, unless supervised by a veterinarian or otherwise permitted under the Veterinarians Act.
The Court found that Henderson’s DentaPet advertisement, which used terms such as “clinic,” “oral health specialist,” and “professional”, together with the use of an ultrasonic scaler, misled consumers to think they were purchasing preventative dental health care as a safe and viable alternative to veterinary dental health care.  The risk to the public is that an animal will go undiagnosed and untreated because of the owner’s reliance on Henderson’s purported “holistic treatment” and “oral health care”.  

The Court was also concerned about the handling of a non-sedated animal for one or two hours of manual or ultrasonic teeth cleaning without an assessment of the animal’s health and ability to withstand the use of restraint for the duration of the treatment.  By way of contrast, the court noted that veterinarians and the staff they supervise are able to diagnose, assess and monitor the overall health and condition of a patient in determining whether anesthetic or non-anesthetic teeth cleaning is appropriate and in the patient’s best interests.

Henderson may continue to use a manual scaler to provide “purely cosmetic teeth cleaning” as part of her grooming service, so long as she does not intimate in any way that the service is health-related.

Update: 6/1/2017 Corrine Henderson and Dentapet