There is a growing trend of dogs being brought into Canada from other countries (termed canine importation). This practice is not without inherent risks, including the transport related risks to the animals themselves and the potential introduction of infectious pathogens that pose a health risk to domestic dogs, other animals, and humans.  

Drs. Scott Weese (, Katie Clow (, and Catherine Belanger ( of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), in collaboration with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), are leading a study to assess the human and animal health risks associated with canine importation. The ultimate goal of this project is to generate best practices for veterinarians and public health to reduce the health risks associated with canine importation.

As a Canadian veterinarian, you may have experience with canine importation in your practice. We want to hear about these experiences to better understand the landscape of canine importation in Canada.

We invite you to complete this brief (~15 minutes), anonymous online survey at:

(This project has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants).

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