After seven years in the making, CVMA recently shared their updated version of the Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations
. According to the CVMA, the newly updated Kennel Code reflects the ever-changing values towards animals and new scientific research available since the previous edition published in 2007.
At more than double the size of its predecessor, the 2018 CVMA Kennel Code features comprehensive standards of care regarding animal housing, nutrition, health, husbandry practices, transportation and end-of-life issues—with a special section on working and aging dogs. The Kennel Code includes both requirements and recommended practices for a variety of topics.
The CVMA Kennel Code is intended to be an educational tool and resource for owners, breeders, veterinarians and a guide for the public and prospective owners. The new edition may also be viewed as a reference document for legislatures (such as BC, SK, MB, NB, NL and PEI) and we encourage members to familiarize themselves with this latest version.
When it comes to responsible breeding practices, CKC members are bound by the CKC code of Practice for Member Breeders breeders
, featuring a set of mandatory standards and requirements relating to the proper maintenance, breeding, selling and overall protection of their chosen breed(s). CKC members also agree to the CKC Code of Ethics
and CKC continues to support members’ rights to exercise their freedom of choice and own best judgement within the framework of the above CKC Codes.