Canadian Veterinary Medical Association promotes animal welfare
Animal Health Week on Oct. 1-7
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
During the week, many clinics and facilities around the province will be holding various festivities for the public, like open houses and other events.
Dr. Margaret Brown-Bury.