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Phoenix, Arizona, September 13, 2018 – Dr. Todd Duffield of Guelph, Ontario was named the recipient of the 2018 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award for his profound and lasting impact on the well-being of the bovine species. His contributions include an extraordinary commitment to scientific research, teaching, extension education and the mentorship of veterinary students and new scientists.

The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV) / Association Canadienne des Vétérinaires Bovins (ACVB) in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. Dr. Duffield was presented with the award at the 51st annual conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners on September 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“It is our distinct pleasure to announce Dr. Todd Duffield as the recipient of the 2018 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award,” said Dr. Murray Gillies, President of the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV) / Association Canadienne des Veterinaire Bovins (ACVB)."

Dr. Duffield is the Chair of the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). He has been a faculty member at the university since 2000 and has continued as a practicing clinician, working at OVC’s Ruminant Field Service Veterinary Practice, where he also served as Clinic Head and Service Chief.

Dr. Duffield is a world-class research scientist and has authored or co-authored more than 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was named as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomas Reuters as a highly-cited researcher.

 “I am extremely pleased and honoured to receive the 2018 Metacam 20® Bovine Welfare award,” said Dr. Duffield. “It takes a team effort to advance knowledge and understanding through research and our work with dairy cattle welfare is no exception. I am very grateful for the excellent work of my outstanding graduate students and for the sage guidance of my mentors, colleagues and collaborators over my years at OVC. Sincere thanks to the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians for recognizing me with this prestigious award.”

Recognized for his many contributions to the advancement in animal welfare, Dr. Duffield receives high praise from his peers.

“Todd has spent two and a half decades enhancing our knowledge of dairy cattle well-being across a wide variety of impact areas; from metabolic disease control, to prevention of lameness, to pain mitigation, and recently to the selection and preparation of cows to be culled to prevent animal welfare concerns,” said Dr. Ken Leslie, Professor Emeritus, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph. “His research in the area of ketosis in dairy cattle has transformed our understanding and management of this major problem and has directly affected the health of millions of cattle globally.”

In addition to his contributions to scientific research, Dr. Duffield is also commended for his commitment to ensuring the next generations of veterinarians and scientists are knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of food animal medicine and animal welfare.

“Among the reasons Todd has been so effective in identifying and implementing bovine welfare solutions is the fact that he plants one boot in academia, but keeps the other boot firmly planted on the farm,” said Dr. Suzanne Millman, Professor, Animal Welfare, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University. “Through his dedication, he shares his knowledge and skills in bovine welfare to producers, senior veterinary students and graduate students.”

Jeffrey Estabrooks, Business Unit Director (Bovine) with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, explained the Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award recognizes and encourages those who research and practice animal welfare and well-being.

“We are thrilled to present Dr. Duffield with the 2018 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award,” Estabrooks said. “Through his passion for advancing animal welfare, Dr. Duffield has made significant contributions to the improvement of dairy cattle welfare within Canada and around the world. As a well-respected veterinarian, researcher and educator, he has been able to instill his passion for the advancement of animal welfare in future generations of veterinarians and scientists.”

Estabrooks thanked the CABV/ACVB for its work to seek nominations and select the recipient of the award.

Alberta Beef Producers and the Beef Cattle Research Council have developed a two-page summary to give Canadian cattle producers a heads-up about how upcoming Health Canada and provincial government policy changes will impact over-the-counter antimicrobial access. One side summarizes the upcoming changes (as of Dec. 1st you will need a vet prescription to access any medically important antimicrobial). The other side lists the cattle (beef and dairy) antibiotics that will be affected by these changes.  

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DIN Position Statement

December 20, 2017

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's Position Statement on "Use of Drugs Without a Drug Identification Number (DIN)"

Today, industry groups, provinces, regions and the country participate in many independent disease surveillance activities.  It is the intent to bring together industry, provincial and federal stakeholders in animal health and public health to integrate and address gaps associated with the multiple animal health surveillance activities currently planned or underway.  Click here to read more.

CABV/ACVB Activities

August 14, 2013

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's response to CgFARAD regarding their request for funding.

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's correspondence with the Veterinary Drug Directorate (VDD) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) indicating the lack of minimum residue limit (MRL) data for dexamethasone sodium phosphate and flumethasone products.

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's response to the CVMA's request for comment on the "Veterinary Drug Regulation Modernization" of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and drug importation through the own use importation (OUI) policy.

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's letter sent to Minister Gerry Ritz regarding the control of E. coli 0157:H7 in cattle and beef products in Canada (December 2012), and click here to view Minister Ritz' response (January 2013).

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's comments on Veterinary Prescription Templates for Food Animals (other than poultry) that was prepared by the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada (ANAC) (January 2013)

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's comments on proposed changes to meat inspection regulations (July 2012)

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's comments on CVMA's draft position statement on Importation of Veterinary Products (May 2012)

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's comments regarding CVMA's draft position on Castration of Cattle, Sheep and Goats (March 2012)

Click here to view CABV/ACVB's Position Statement on Importation of Veterinary Drugs Unapproved in Canada for Food-Producing Animals

Comments on Dairy Farmers of Canada Best Management Practices concerning Veterinary Natural Health Products (October 2010).  Click here to view.

Comments on CVMA’s draft position statement on dehorning of cattle (June 2010).  Click here to view.

Comments on AAFC’s plan to implement mandatory livestock Identification and Traceability (ID&T) (January 2010).  Click here to view.

Comments to CVMA Steering Committee regarding Canada’s current Anaplasmosis policy and possible future policy options (September 2009).  Click here to view.

Co-signatory letter (with the CVMA) to the Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) regarding an inaccurate account of the OUI Provision (April 2009).  Click here to view.

Alberta Chief Provincial Veterinarian regarding amendments to Production Animal Medicine (PAM) Regulations (April 2009).  Click here to view.

Veterinary Drug Directorate's (VDD) Own Use Importation Final Report (February 2009).  Click here to view.

National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) "Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Dairy Cattle" (February 2009).  Click here to view.

CVMA's Species-Specific Antimicrobial Prudent Use Guidelines (PUGs) in Beef and Dairy (November 2007, April 2008, August 2008).  Click here to view.

CVMA’s Draft Own Use Importation Final Report – Task Force Recommendations (June 2008).  Click here to view.

Veterinary Drug Directorate's (VDD) Own Use Importation (November 2007 and February 2009).  Click here to view.

Reclassification of Progesterone Compounds (except implants) as Prescription Only Products (March 2008).  Click here to view.

Bioniche E. coli 0157:H7 Vaccine (July 2008).  Click here to view.

Click here to view the CVMA Species-Specific Antimicrobial Prudent Use Guidelines for Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Poultry and Swine (May 2009)

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