Devastating Floods in British Columbia
Recent severe flooding in Abbotsford, B.C. has impacted many farms in the city causing animal welfare and industry concerns.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is heartened by the immediate action taken by fellow residents and farmers to help save the lives of countless animals in the area. The CVMA also wishes to offer support during this tragic time and has initiated the following actions:
- In contact with the CVMA-SBCV Chapter
- In contact with the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC)
- In contact with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BCSPCA)
- Initiated contact with a B.C. government official to discuss options
Offered Canadian Veterinary Reserve (CVR) services to the B.C. Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture
- Alerted CVR reservists to standby for further information in case of a call-up and has advised reservists of the information below.
The Province of British Columbia asked the CVBC to assemble a list of veterinarians with food animal, equine, and/or emergency response experience who wish to assist in the flood response. Those who put their names forward will be contacted directly by producers or producer groups to provide veterinary services through their veterinary practice facilities to producers impacted by the flood. This information has been distributed to veterinarians practicing in British Columbia via the CVBC and the SBCV.
The CVMA is committed to providing support throughout the duration of this emergency.
Dr. Louis Kwantes