Shelter Medicine in Canada: Next Steps

March 24, 2016

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Shelter medicine is a new, growing and vibrant field of veterinary medicine. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, based in the US, has been a powerful force for positive change in animal sheltering over the past decade. Canadian shelters have benefited tremendously from their ground-breaking work. Now it’s time to take the next step.

Shelter medicine needs a voice in Canada. Not to duplicate the valuable work that has already been done, but to help us to take that work and apply it in our own unique circumstances. We can do so much more if we get to know one another, help one another, and work together to promote progressive, humane sheltering.

Quebec now has the AVQMR (Québec Association of Shelter Veterinarians), and Ontario is in the process of setting up the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association. We’d like to talk about the next steps for Shelter Medicine across Canada - and a national conference provides a perfect opportunity to do that.


The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has kindly offered meeting space at its 2016 National Animal Welfare Conference for interested individuals to get together to discuss future direction.

We’ll be meeting on Monday, April 18, 5.15-6.45 PM in Mountbatten A at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerard Street West, Toronto. You do not need to be registered for the conference to be able to attend the discussion.


The discussion is open to veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) who work in animal shelters or have a special interest in sheltering. Students are welcome as observers. Please RSVP to on or before April 8.


Thank you!


The Founding Committee, Ontario Shelter Medicine Association


P.S. This year’s NAWC conference promises to be amazing! Visit: to register and learn more.

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