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Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB) has approached ANAC to promote some of their overseas opportunities.

VWB works with communities in Canada and overseas in promoting animal health, livestock management and other related matters. VWB is looking for animal health and livestock management experts to work with their overseas partners in promoting animal health, livelihoods development, and overall capacity building.Placements last from one month to a year (flexible) and most of the costs are covered by VWB.

Antimicrobial resistance and the potential loss in the effectiveness of antimicrobials for use, especially in human medicine, is a high priority that is shaping regulation and policy in Canada and internationally. ANAC has been communicating to members for some time anticipated changes to the dispensing of medically important antimicrobials (MIA’s) for livestock. On July 5th, Health Canada officially launched their consultation regarding this policy change.

ANAC has partnered with NSF International (formerly the Guelph Food Technology Centre) to create a new web-based feed safety course. The course, tailored to address feed industry hazards, is designed for those new to HACCP looking to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals required to implement HACCP and preventive controls in their facilities. This interactive course will be offered as a webinar series over four half days in September and October and will allow participants to practice new concepts between sessions. Active participation for all four sessions is mandatory to receive the final certificate. The course will be limited to the first 25 registrants. Additional course offerings and an offering in French may be offered in Spring 2018 based on interest.

During the 2017 ANAC AGM and Convention in Saskatoon, Dr. Michelle Illing (Director of the Animal Feed Division, CFIA) and Craig Price (Area Chief Inspector, CFIA) presented an update on the CFIA’s regulatory modernization efforts as well as other CFIA initiatives including the Integrated Agency Inspection Model (iAIM), the new electronic service portal (MyCFIA) and the classification of veterinary drugs and livestock feeds. The full presentation is available on ANAC’s website.