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CVMA spotlights veterinary teams amid workforce crunches

Amidst a pressing national veterinary shortage, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is stepping up this Animal Health Week (AHW) to highlight the vital contribution of every member in the veterinary team. Running from October 1 – 7, 2023, AHW is a yearly initiative led by CVMA, spreading awareness on animal health and responsible ownership across Canada. 

This year, the theme "It Takes a Team… To Protect Your Animal’s Health and You" resonates more than ever. From veterinarians to receptionists, each person in veterinary practice plays a pivotal role in safeguarding animal health. Dr. Trevor Lawson, CVMA President, articulates, "The veterinary team is diverse, and every member is crucial in serving the public, be it for routine or urgent cases." 

Highlighting the often-unnoticed teamwork, Dr. Lawson emphasizes that the scope of veterinary teams extends beyond hospital environments. It encompasses a variety of specialists working behind the scenes, ensuring timely and effective care. 

For nearly four decades, CVMA, in collaboration with Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada, has been celebrating AHW, generously sponsored this year by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance. 

This initiative is more than just a celebration; it’s a reminder of the collective effort required in maintaining animal welfare, especially during challenging times of workforce shortages. 

Source : wisconsinagconnection

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