Cana­dian Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion pro­motes an­i­mal wel­fare

An­i­mal Health Week on Oct. 1-7

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

For this year’s An­i­mal Health Week across the coun­try, the Cana­dian Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (CVMA) are pro­mot­ing an­i­mal wel­fare through safe­guard­ing the five an­i­mal free­doms.

Ac­cord­ing to the CVMA, all an­i­mal own­ers can pro­tect their pets or an­i­mals through the fol­low­ing free­doms:

Free­dom from dis­com­fort by pro­vid­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing shel­ter and a com­fort­able rest­ing area;

Free­dom from hunger and thirst by ready ac­cess to fresh wa­ter and a diet to main­tain full health and vigour;

care: Free­dom from pain, in­jury or dis­ease by pre­ven­tion or rapid di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment;

Free­dom to spend time with or away from mem­bers of their species as ap­pro­pri­ate; nor­mal be­hav­ior: Free­dom to

suf­fi­cient space, proper fa­cil­i­ties, and tools/ac­ces­sories and not pun­ish­ing an­i­mals for car­ry­ing out un­de­sired be­hav­iours.

Dr. Margaret Brown-Bury, an emer­gency vet­eri­nar­ian at the Ve­teri­nary Spe­cialty Cen­tre of New­found­land and Labrador in

Health Week has been an ini­tia­tive of the CVMA for the past 30 years.

“We usu­ally fo­cus on more pre­ven­ta­tive type of is­sues,” have been mi­crochip­ping your pet, or mak­ing sure pet is welli­den­ti­fied in case it gets lost.

“It’s just the idea that the health of an­i­mals is very re­lated to the health of peo­ple.”

Brown-Bury says she’s been a vet in New­found­land and Labrador for eight years. She’s the N.L. rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the CVMA coun­cil.

She says An­i­mal Health Week re­lates to all an­i­mals and not just typ­i­cal house pets. While the needs of a farm an­i­mal are of­ten dif­fer­ent from do­mes­ti­cated pets in the home, they all have es­sen­tial needs in com­mon as well.

“The over­all mes­sage to take

that an in­di­vid­ual an­i­mal

from suf­fer­ing.”

Dur­ing the week, many clin­ics and fa­cil­i­ties around the prov­ince will be hold­ing var­i­ous fes­tiv­i­ties for the pub­lic, like open houses and other events.

GRAPHIC COURTESY OF CVMA.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Dr. Margaret Brown-Bury.

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