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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)

The CVBC Is Moving

Effective July 31 2017, the CVBC will be at a new location:

Airport Executive Park
Building 7
Suite 210, 10991 Shellbridge Way
Richmond, BC  V6X 3C6

The relocation will bring us close to our pre-2005 coordinates, resulting in greater convenience for most staff, committee and Council members and cost savings to the organization. See the map excerpt under the "About" tab.


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 Bajwa have withdrawn two further complaints filed with the Human Rights Tribunal.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.

New CEO And Registrar Effective May 1, 2017

The Council of the CVBC is pleased to announce that the search for a new Registrar has concluded. 

On January 22, 2017, current Registrar and CEO Larry Odegard announced his plans to retire, after four years with the CVBC. At that time, Council had anticipated a lengthy search and transition period and Mr. Odegard had committed to assist with the recruitment process and the orientation of the new Registrar. The selection of an internal candidate has provided an opportunity for Mr. Odegard to move ahead with his retirement plans. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. 

Effective May 1, 2017, Luisa Hlus will assume the role of Registrar and CEO, as well as remaining the CVBC’s legal counsel. 

Ms. Hlus graduated from the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law in 1990. She practiced for a number of years in the areas of insurance defence and family law before joining the Law Society of British Columbia as a staff lawyer. At the Law Society of BC, Ms. Hlus investigated professional conduct complaints and special compensation fund claims, administered custodianships and prosecuted lawyers in discipline hearings. More recently, she expanded her focus on the regulation of self-governing professions by assisting the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. In November 2015, Ms. Hlus joined the CVBC as the Director of Complaints, Registration and Legal Services. As a practicing lawyer, she has provided legal and strategic guidance.  

Council is delighted that Ms. Hlus will continue to lead and promote the CVBC as an organization dedicated to regulating the veterinary profession in BC in a fair and transparent manner.