SAVI: The Stewardship of Antimicrobials
by Veterinarians Initiative
SAVI Updates
The following updates provide a snapshot of whom
the SAVI team has been working with and what we
have been working on.
On Wednesday, July 7 SAVI’s Expert Advisory Group (EAG) met to discuss project progress on stewardship activities, preliminary data collection and project communication and engagement efforts, targeting the fall period to broaden AMU data collection and collect veterinary feedback on the updated CVMA Veterinary Guidelines for AMU that will be released by end of summer or early fall.
On Friday, July 23 a project overview presentation was delivered at the annual Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention. Members of the Canadian veterinary community in attendance received background information on the project and its current activities as well as a live demonstration of the Spectrum DVM handheld app, under development as a platform for the CVMA Guidelines via collaboration between the CVMA, the University of Calgary, and Spectrum.

Throughout the month of July the SAVI team has been actively engaging key audiences and stakeholder groups with an interest in AMU stewardship, including the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians (CASV), the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), l’Université de Montréal, and the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFHAWC). The aim is to discuss common messaging and communications around AMU stewardship within the veterinary and industry sectors and identify additional areas of activity where collaboration is of mutual benefit.

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Keeping You Informed
Developments within the EU concerning a potential upcoming ban on specific antimicrobials for use in food animals highlight the importance of the issues of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU) as potential trade barriers to Canadian exports. You can find out more regarding criteria for inclusion within this list here.

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