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.
The federal government’s continued commitment to the collective effort
to reduce antimicrobial resistance was reaffirmed within the 2021 Federal Budget, supporting efforts in keeping with the scope and objectives
of SAVI.
Budget 2021 proposes to provide $28.6 million over five years, beginning in 2021-22, with $5.7 million per year ongoing, to the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, to help address antimicrobial resistance. Investments would support efforts to prevent the inappropriate use of antimicrobials and expand efforts to monitor the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in Canada.

As part of the CVMA’s ongoing engagement with Canada’s national veterinary species groups, SAVI provided an update on both the guidance and data collection streams of the initiative and solicited their input and advice on how to expand awareness, interest and participation in the project across Canada’s veterinary community.
This May 14, 2021 meeting provided an opportunity for veterinarians participating in SAVI to demonstrate preliminary capabilities and communicate their rationale for support of the initiative.
The SAVI project team were briefed on the results of their ongoing collaboration with the Feasibility Study for a Sustainable Antibiotic Monitoring System in Animal Health in Québec.  
Specifically, SAVI supported the study’s efforts in two areas: (i) Ethical and legal considerations to facilitate data sharing in support of a national surveillance system; and (ii) Standardization, organization and centralization of data from feed mills in Québec. 

Findings from these activities are crucial in establishing effective, trusted and sustainable partnerships with potential prescription and dispensing data providers.

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SAVI Series Video – Dr. Egan Brockhoff
Dr. Egan Brockhoff is the President & CEO of Prairie Swine Health Services. Since 2008 he has taught Swine Medicine at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. His passion for agriculture and supporting farmers and agribusiness brought him to the national stage in 2014 where he acts as the Veterinary Counselor for the Canadian Pork Council. 

In this SAVI series video Dr. Brockhoff discusses issues facing the pork sector and shares his thoughts regarding the SAVI initiative.

Have Photos? We Want Photos!

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic the SAVI team was able to capture some great photos of Dr. Pia Gamberg and colleagues at the Kemptville Animal Hospital.

We would love to have more photos that represent the diversity of Canada’s veterinary community, practices and animals. If you have quality images of your people and/or practice and are willing share, please contact

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