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CVO Maintains Position on Surgical Procedures

The Canadian Kennel Club recently attended the fall Council meeting for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), to hear Council’s discussions regarding a policy review on “medically unnecessary veterinary surgery” for companion animals, equine and livestock.

When CKC met with CVO in July, the College shared that a motion to alter its position on “medically unnecessary veterinary procedures” was discussed at their June Council meeting and was not supported by the majority of Council members. In addition, CVO confirmed that the College would be seeking legal advice on this matter at the fall Council meeting.

During the fall meeting, CVO Council re-confirmed that it does not support “medically unnecessary veterinary procedures” on any animal. At the same time, Council supports Ontario’s licensed, professional veterinarians who have the skills and knowledge to assist animal owners in making decisions about such procedures.

CVO Council also reviewed a legal opinion which suggested that the College may legally permit or prohibit their members from performing select procedures. Council decided that a prohibition of surgical procedures could increase risks to animal welfare under the current legislation. Further details can be found in the CVO press release.

CKC thanks the CVO Council for its balanced and transparent approach on this matter and looks forward to continued dialogue, in support of the health and welfare of animals.

CKC continues to advocate for its membership in support of freedom of choice for breeders who choose to work with their veterinarians to carry out procedures such as cropping, docking and front dewclaw removal, to promote safety in performance activities and support hygienic animal husbandry. 

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