Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) leads efforts to ensure that Canada's animal health community and veterinary infrastructure have the capacity and competency to effectively respond to foreign, emerging and future animal and zoonotic diseases.

The CVO role highlights the importance of veterinary science to good public policy given the social, political, animal health, public health and economic consequences associated with serious animal diseases.

At the national level, the CVO provides:

  • policy advice on animal and veterinary public health issues, by collaborating with Canada's veterinary colleges, the veterinary profession, the animal health community and the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada;
  • support to assess and interpret occurrences and trends in Canada and abroad;
  • analysis of Canada's veterinary infrastructure and its ability to respond to national and global threats to animal and human health; and
  • environmental scanning, international context and knowledge transfer to support the programs and policies of the Government of Canada.

Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar is Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada.

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