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     Serving society by regulating, enhancing and providing leadership in the practice of the profession of veterinary medicine.

                                                          Our Vision
Together, we are a dynamic, responsive community of veterinarians, creating an environment that fosters excellence in our profession.

                                                         Our Mission
e ABVMA is a professional, self-governing association of veterinarians. In an open and positive environment, we serve our mem-
bers, the public and promote the well-being of animals. We encourage advancement in the art and science of veterinary medicine.

                                                          Contact Us
                     Alberta Veterinary Medical Association                             Phone: (780) 489-5007
                     950, Weber Centre, 5555 Calgary Trail NW                        Toll-Free: 1-800-404-2862
                     Edmonton, AB T6H 5P9                                                  Fax: (780) 484-8311
                                 Canadian Veterinary Oath
                As a member of the veterinary medical profession, I solemnly swear that I will use my scientific
                                       knowledge and skills for the benefit of society.

              I will strive to promote animal health and welfare, relieve animal suffering, protect the health of the
                              public and environment, and advance comparative medical knowledge.

                I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principals of
                                                   veterinary medical ethics.

             I will strive continuously to improve my professional knowledge and competence and to maintain the
                             highest professional and ethical standards for myself and the profession.

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                                 2009 AB.VMA Council

Back Row (Le to Right):     Region:                         Middle Row (Le to Right cont’d): Region:
Dr. Lloyd Keddie             Ex-Officio, CVMA Representative   Dr. Troy Bourque                  Central
Dr. Gerald Hauer             Ex-Officio, AARD Representative   Dr. Darren Ludbrook               North
Dr. Ken Keeler               Edmonton                        Dr. Sylvia Checkley               Edmonton
Dr. Alastair Cribb           Ex-Officio, Dean UCVM
Dr. Charles Rhodes           Ex-Officio, Dean WCVM             Front Row (Le to Right):
Dr. Duane Landals            Registrar                       Dr. Jennifer Willans           Calgary
                                                             Mrs. Nichole Boutilier         AAAHT Representative
Middle Row (Le to Right):   Region:
Dr. Bruce Wine               Central                         Missing from Photo:
Dr. Annabelle Denson         Central                         Dr. Krista Howden              Ex-Officio, CFIA Representative
Dr. Nick Nation              Past-President                  Mr. Darren Frank               Public Member
Dr. Bob Ruckman              President                       Mrs. Sue Turner                Public Member

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                                                                                       Table of Contents
ABVMA Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
President’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4–5
Registrar’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6–9
Deputy Registrar’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-
Public Members’ Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
Complaints Director’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Communication Manager’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5–
Practice Review Board Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
Practice Inspection and Practice Standards Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -3
Registration Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Equine Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
Food Animal Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Companion Animal Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-8
Animal Welfare Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9
Alternate Livestock and Wildlife Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-30
Veterinary Medicine in the Twenty First Century Committee Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-3
ABVMA Historical Advisory Group Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Canadian Veterinay Medical Association (CVMA) Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-33
University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35
Western College of Veterinary Medicine Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-38
Financial Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-53
009 ABVMA Staff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
009 Ex-Officio Members of Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
009 Legislated Standing Committees of Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56-57
009 Non-Legislated Professional Development Committees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59
009 Advisory Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

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    President’s Report
    Dr. Bob Ruckman - President
    With economic uncertainties being felt around the world, 2009 seemed an appropriate time for the Alberta Veterinary
    Medical Association (ABVMA) to accept “Grounded In Alberta” as the mantra for the year. We, as your Council,
    attempted to be quite “grassroots” in our initiatives and focused on the strategic priorities. Every Councilor and engaged
    Committee Member should be proud of the ground we’ve tilled and toiled on. I’ll make mention of a few of our “feet on
    the ground” accomplishments and leave some of our “groundswells” to be stated by others elsewhere in this Annual

    Our Council initiated an outreach focus this year by holding a few of our meetings outside of our Edmonton office. We
    hosted a dinner meeting with Alberta students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, as well as
    a welcome luncheon for the 2013 Class of Veterinary students at the University of Calgary. Meanwhile, we held Council
    business meetings at both campuses. ese days included tours of newly completed groundbreaking projects for both
    schools. Both events were very interactive and enthusiastically received by our Student (and potential active) Members of
    our Association. is initiative proves to be an excellent format to meet the students on their “turf ” and develop future
    engaged colleagues.

    We also held a regional “Town Hall” Council meeting and Membership barbecue in my represented region – Southern
    Alberta. On the same trip, we had a community lunch and visits (not inspections!) with some of our members’ clinics
    and facilities. ese meetings fostered collegial relationships amongst members and this initiative will continue in future
    years in an ongoing attempt to reach our members in their environments. Also, a Council meeting was held at Western
    Drug Distribution Center with a facility tour and presentation of their company’s vision and mission to become more
    available to ABVMA members’ needs in assisting with practice and human resource management.

    e ABVMA Membership continues to be very excited and interactive with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the
    University of Calgary. Celebrating our second year as partners and participants in the Distributed Veterinary Learning
    Community (DVLC), this has evolved with involvement of more Alberta Veterinary Practice Entities. Also, ABVMA
    Members continue to be involved as Assessors in admission interviews as well as Community Mentors in the UCVM -
    Boehringer Ingelhiem Mentorship Program. ese activities are truly exemplary of its participants and speaks well of our
    members’ commitment to help develop future colleagues on the ground level.

    We welcome the appointment of Dr. Douglas Freeman to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine as the new Dean.
    As such, we will also welcome him to become an ex-officio member of the ABVMA Council. e ABVMA graciously

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thanks Dr. Charles Rhodes for his thoughtful participation on our Council and his assistance with contact and opportunity to impact WCVM Alberta
students. His upcoming retirement is tirelessly overdue and well deserved.

Future activities for the success of Veterinary Medicine in Alberta are going to occur through continued dialogue amongst members themselves. Council
will be the facilitators, but it is going to require this grounded discourse to be brought forward to allow endeavors of Council become accomplished.
Council will need the direct assistance and interactions of members to help a healthy practice life. Ground floor teamwork will be required for future
initiatives and will require member advocacy and cooperation to bring sustainability of our proper service delivery to the public of Alberta.

Advancements in the role of Animal Health Technologists in Alberta veterinary practice have evolved significantly. As a result of our Council’s and the
Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologist’s efforts to establish true professional status for Registered AHTs (RAHTs), the ABVMA will oversee
registration (credential verification), dues collection, and discipline matters for these paraveterinary medical professionals. is will also include
appropriate AAAHT representation on all ABVMA working committees. is is another step in the direction of Council to engage a team based approach
to veterinary practice.

Other initiatives accomplished this past year were acceptance of resolutions presented at the 2009 Annual General Meeting. ese Guidelines (commented
on in previous Member’s Magazines) will expand the healthcare team by outlining the opportunities for further supplementation to the provision of
accountable and qualified veterinary health care. ese guidelines quite definitely empower our profession to direct and promote future service delivery
models, assuring solid, stable ground for the generation of veterinary medicine to come.

I congratulate the ABVMA council, staff and membership for continuing to nurture and develop a number of opportunities, initiatives and interactions in
concert with our Association’s vision and mission. I also commend the efforts of our triumvirate – Drs. Landals, Dalton, and Gellhaus. A very fine job done
by all, indeed! It has been my privilege and honor to have served and represented the Alberta VMA in all its facets. I thank the veterinary profession in
Alberta for this opportunity and hope I was of benefit to you.

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    Registrar’s Report
    Dr. Duane Landals – Registrar/Secretary Treasurer

    e adopted theme for the ABVMA (Alberta Veterinary Medical Association) for the year 2009 has been “Grounded in
    Alberta”. is has turned out to be very appropriate. With a significant proportion of our time committed to labor
    mobility, internal trade and international concerns, it is important to remember that the commitment of the ABVMA is
    first and foremost to the public and animals of Alberta. is year has reminded us that we do not exist in isolation and
    events occurring at a national and global level impact us significantly and make our regional role even more significant.
    e recent H1N1 outbreak is a case in point. is global public health situation has had significant impact on the
    veterinary profession in Alberta. Perhaps this has been a not so friendly reminder of the significance of the professional
    responsibility of members and the association as a whole.

    Office and Staff
    is year has been noted for stability in our work environment. We are well settled in the new space and there are no staff
    changes to report for the previous twelve months. e experience of the team has resulted in an increased efficiency in
    delivery of services to members, despite an expanding workload. It is important that I acknowledge the hard work and
    commitment of all the staff here in the office of the ABVMA. Members can be confident they are being well served by our

    Labor Mobility
    A number of government initiatives have come to the forefront this year that deal with labor and work force issues. ese
    include TILMA (Trade, Investment Labor Mobility Agreement), AIT (Agreement on Internal Trade) including the
    recently accepted Chapter Seven Amendment to this agreement, the FQR (Foreign Qualification Recognition Plan for
    Alberta) and the Pan-Canadian Framework For Assessment and Recognition of Foreign qualifications.

    Although these are separate programs there is a significant degree of commonality among them and for the ABVMA our
    activity has been combined. Although significant time has been invested in these projects, the reality is that very little will
    change for us because we have already been operating at the standards that these agreements hope to accomplish.

    e ABVMA had an opportunity to participate in two different workshops at a national level (Ottawa and Banff). We
    discussed the impact of labor mobility on the credibility of our registration process. Generally, there is little concern at
    this time. Our understanding is that only General Practice Licensees qualify and essentially all jurisdictions that are party
    to the AIT require a Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) for registration. Consequently, any General Practice Licensee in
    all jurisdictions in Canada can apply for registration in Alberta with no further requirement to demonstrate their

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ere is a weakness in our confidence in the system that arises from lower standards of registration for the Territories. However, Yukon and Nunavut are
not signatory to the agreement and the North West Territories is endeavoring to amend its legislation to be on par with the other ten provinces.

Concern also exists with the international agreement between Quebec and France. If free mobility is established between the province of Quebec and
France and if these members are granted General Membership status, the national registrars fear that Quebec will become a portal of entry for registrants
who do not possess a C of Q. e ABVMA has sent a formal response to the Government of Alberta requesting an exception to mobility from Quebec
should this situation be confirmed. We also applied for exceptions for the Territories. To date our requests have not been accepted.

ese concerns are jointly shared by the other provincial registrars and individually they have responded to their respective governments.

e provincial registrars support and endorse the concept of labor mobility within Canada. e objective is to ensure that the C of Q remains the national
standard for general licensure as a veterinarian in Canada.

e second workshop was hosted during the CanWest Veterinary Conference. is meeting was exceptional in that the CVMA (Canadian Veterinary
Medical Association) was successful in obtaining funding from the federal government to allow participation by representatives from the organization
representing technicians/technologists from all provinces, as well as the national association. e open discussion that occurred highlights the need to
establish common national standards for statutory registration of these individuals across Canada. Labor mobility legislation applies to this employment
group as well as veterinarians. It is important to clarify where, how and by whom they are registered.

In recent meetings with the Alberta Government we have been informed as to how the General Regulation to the Veterinary Profession Act will be
amended to require and accommodate registration of veterinarians and animal health technologists who apply for mobility based on current registration
in another Canadian jurisdiction. is process will be reflected in changes to our registration forms and will require clarification on the ABVMA website.

While Foreign Qualification Recognition is not the same as mobility, they are closely related. e ABVMA has been successful in obtaining funding under
the provincial program to address needs in this area. Our objective is to review every step taken by internationally educated veterinarians, from the time
they decide to leave their country of birth, until they are fully credentialed to practice veterinary medicine independently in Alberta. We hope that by
defining the process, we can identify any potential barriers and suggest steps that might be taken to address these. e cornerstone objective is to ensure
that the Clinical Proficiency Examination, which is the final step in the sequence, can be accessed here in Alberta.

Membership Bylaw Amendments
Members will be asked to vote on two significant bylaws at this year’s Annual General Meeting. ese changes are evolutionary in nature and reflect, to a
great extent, much of the work accomplished regarding labor mobility legislation.

e membership/licensure categories for veterinarians have been simplified. It is recognized that every veterinarian who has a C of Q will obtain a General
Practice License. is allows them to independently engage in all aspects of veterinary practice, subject to the limitations of their employment. ere is no
obstacle to them changing employment type and they are fully eligible for labor mobility across Canada. Veterinarians, who do not have a C of Q, may
qualify for a Limited Practice License. is license/membership will be granted based on their specific qualifications and will be limited to their

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employment type and scope of practice. ese members may not change employment without the approval of the Association and they do not qualify for
labor mobility.

e ABVMA has been responsible for the statutory registration of AHTs (Animal Health Technologists) since this category of worker was established by
the Veterinary Profession Act over thirty years ago. As a result of the consequences of labor mobility legislation and in recognition of the need for public
protection in the expanding participation of AHTs in veterinary practice, it is necessary for the ABVMA to become more proactive in the registration
process. As a result, individuals requesting registration as an AHT in Alberta will submit their credentials directly to the ABVMA. e ABVMA will also
maintain the contract and administration responsibilities for the VTNE (Veterinary Technicians National Exam). rough a Memorandum of
Understanding with the AAAHT (Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists), membership in that organization will be granted upon successful
completion of the registration process. A joint ABVMA-AAAHT task force has worked very hard this past year to facilitate the many changes necessary to
accommodate this shiing process.

e second bylaw amendment proposed is the recommendation of this task force to Council. In recognition of the fact that AHTs working in Alberta are
registered by the ABVMA, it is appropriate that they be acknowledged as registered members of the Association as well. is clear definition of
membership will allow us to meet any challenges arising from labor mobility and it will provide an opportunity for the AHTs to properly participate in self
governance. It will require them to be accountable to the public through a formal discipline process, no longer requiring the supervising veterinarian to be
solely responsible for their actions.

Association Activities
I have intended to highlight some of the actions that required much of the office time this year. ose included in this report are areas that may not be
covered in the other sections of the Annual Report. e past year has been exceptionally busy for the Association office and I encourage all members to
read the entire Annual Report to gain some appreciation of the magnitude of what has been accomplished. ese accomplishments are the result of
countless volunteer hours by councilors and committee members. eir efforts support the staff in ensuring that the ABVMA continues to grow in our
capacity to enhance the delivery of quality veterinary services, “Grounded in Alberta”.

Meetings and Delegations by the Registrar
     • Veterinary Administrative Assistant Program, Ethics and Legislation presentation
     • Veterinary Administrative Assistant Program Advisory Committee (chair)
     • Animal Health Technology Program Advisory Committee
     • Animal Health Technology Program, Ethics and Legislation presentation (first and second year)

GPRC/Fairview Campus:
    • Animal Health Technology Program Advisory Committee
    • Animal Health Technology Program, Ethics and Legislation presentation

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Olds College:
     • Animal Health Technology Program Advisory Committee
     • Animal Health Technology, Ethics and Legislation presentation (first and second year)
     • Veterinary Medical Receptionist Program, Ethics and Legislation presentation

Lakeland College: Animal Health Technology Program Advisory Committee
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Animal Health Science, Regulated Veterinary Medicine (two lectures)
Foreign Qualification Recognition Plan for Alberta, teleconference and full day meeting launch of program
AFAC (Alberta Farm Animal Care) monthly meetings for Executive and Association Board
Chinese Delegation to ABVMA office, presentation on registration process
P7 Meeting, re: Labor Mobility
AFAC, Livestock Transportation Conference, Calgary
AFAC, Animal Care Conference, Red Deer
Western Presidents’ Meeting, Winnipeg
Retirement Recognition, Dr. Gerald Ollis, Edmonton
Retirement Recognition Dean Rhodes, Saskatoon
Bredin Institute, Calgary, foreign veterinary graduate program
Registrar’s Labor Mobility Workshop, Ottawa & Banff
One World-One Health, Expert Consultation, Winnipeg
Alberta Institute of Agrologists, Zoonotic Disease presentation, Banff
World Veterinary Association, executive meeting with Codex Alimentarius, Paris
World Veterinary Association, council meeting with Japanese Veterinary Medical Association, Tokyo
OIE, Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World, Paris
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, with WVA, Brussels
Western Veterinary Specialists, Cancer Center opening
Edmonton Humane Society, facility opening
Edmonton Humane Society, spay-neuter proposal
AARD, Animal Health Act amendments
H1N1, orientation session and working group
CVMA, Montreal, Registrars meeting, Veterinary Summit, Western Presidents
American Veterinary Medical Association, Seattle, Veterinary Ethics presentation
College of Physiotherapists of Alberta Board Meeting, regarding animal rehabilitation therapy
AARD, ASPCA; regulation of humane societies
American Association of Veterinary State Boards Conference, Minneapolis

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     Deputy Registrar’s Report
     Dr. Darrell Dalton – Deputy Registrar

     is past year has been a busy one around the office of the ABVMA. Many of the projects started last year were
     continued or completed this year. One such project was the updating of the ABVMA website where currently members
     will find a wealth of information. e large blue 3 inch three ring Resource Manual binder has been replaced by
     electronic information. No longer will members have to search their bookshelves for their copy of the Veterinary
     Profession Act, or Regulations, as they will only be a few clicks away. ere is a large volume of other pertinent and
     useful information contained there. If you have not done so already, you should check it out!

     is past year we began using discussion boards for all of the ABVMA Committees. ese have been very useful at
     facilitating the timely discussion on current subjects for Committee members and Council. We hope to increase the use
     of discussion boards in the upcoming year by establishing one for the general membership. e first topic planned for the
     General Membership discussion board will be the revised Council Guideline on Complementary and Alternative
     Medicine. For the upcoming year, we are also preparing to have all of the ABVMA Council Packages available to
     Councilors in an electronic format enabling them to have information in a more current and timely manner as well as
     save a tree or two. e electronic version will be archived and searchable by future Councilors who wish to research the
     history of any issue.

     Our close association with Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC) continued this year. We are nearing completion of our
     joint farm animal euthanasia manual, and look forward to its publication in 2010. I attended the AFAC Livestock Care
     Conference in the spring, and was involved in the organization of the Animal Welfare Incident Response Team. A very
     successful first meeting of this group was held in Banff following the Canwest Conference, and we now have a network of
     veterinarians throughout the province ready to assist AFAC with animal welfare issues when asked.

     I continue to chair the ABVMA Economic Development initiatives. is year the Companion Animal, Food Animal and
     Equine Committees convened to review their respective suggested fee guides to ensure that they remain relevant for the
     times. I also attended Economic Development meetings at the CVMA convention in June. We again have supported the
     CVMA Economic Survey, and are participating in promoting the Client Satisfaction Survey. While at CVMA I also
     attended the Summit of Canadian Veterinary Leaders, Provincial informational meetings, and the national Registrar’s
     meeting. Attendance at these meetings reminds me that the ABVMA is a strong and valued voice within the veterinary
     community of Canada.

     is past year saw the formation of the ABVMA/AAAHT task force whose mandate was to investigate the development
     of a discipline process for the AAAHT. It became evident that the AAAHT required a process that paralleled the

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ABVMA’s discipline process. e easiest way to accomplish this was to make the AHTs, registered by the ABVMA, members of the ABVMA through a
bylaw amendment. No changes to the VPA or its Regulations would be required at this time. Voting on this matter will take place at the Annual General
Meeting. Members will also note that resolutions presented at the AGM are in a new format. is is an effort to give members background information to a
resolution in one compact package. Members are requested to provide feedback about their likes and dislikes of this format.

e CanWest Veterinary Conference was another huge success this year, and will be reported upon elsewhere. In conjunction with the conference, other
significant meetings were concurrently taking place. e Registrars from each province were present or represented at a meeting held which discussed the
federal Agreement on Internal Trade and Labour Mobility between the provinces. It was a very successful meeting, and the ten provinces stood firmly
together on the issues. A separate meeting on labor mobility was also conducted which included veterinary technologists from across the country. Alberta’s
preparations to embrace Alberta Health Technologists as members of the ABVMA was met with great interest, and other provinces are either in the
process of proceeding down this pathway or are interested in the concept. e relationship between the ABVMA and the AAAHT is envied by other
associations across Canada, and once again we are viewed as leaders in the profession.

Collaborative efforts with the Bredin Institute continued this year. A new veterinary bridging program was launched in Calgary with support from the
ABVMA. A number of ABVMA members are involved in delivering the program, and the success rate for the program was quite high this year. In an effort
to continue our support of Internationally Educated Veterinarians, the ABVMA applied for funding, under the Foreign Qualification Recognition
Program, to study the feasibility and delivery of the Clinical Proficiency Exam in conjunction with UCVM. At this point in time, provisional approval has
been given for the project, and should begin in early 2010.

Biosecurity continues to be a topic of major concern within the province. I am the delegate to the Alberta Equestrian Federation and sit on its Biosecurity
Committee, along with horse people, and representatives from UCVM. I also have been attending the Biosecurity Champions meetings hosted by Alberta
Agriculture and Rural Development. Recognizing that biosecurity is such an important subject, with veterinarians positioned as the experts, the ABVMA
is developing a project to produce an Alberta Specific Biosecurity Manual for Veterinary Hospitals. Look for this in the coming year.

e importance of establishing and maintaining contact with veterinary students and the colleges continues to be recognized. Council and staff of the
ABVMA again welcomed the first year class of UCVM in September. A similar session had been held with WCVM’s Alberta student members in January.
An informational session was also held for all WCVM students in September. Every occasion is taken to inform students and college faculty of the
requirements and great opportunities to work and practice in Alberta. Following ABVMA’s withdrawal from the Western Preceptorship Program, we are in
the process of developing a new and effective mentorship program to help involve all willing students into Alberta practices to enrich their clinical
experience. Our goal is to foster good relationships with all students, commencing their first day in college, and maintain excellent working relationships
with the students and faculty of these colleges. I continue as the ABVMA delegate to the UCVM Student Academic Review committee.

I have greatly enjoyed my time on staff of the ABVMA, and look forward to the future and continued commitment to the profession. I am proud to be
associated with such a great organization and profession with such tremendous people.

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     Public Members’ Report
     Mrs. Sue Turner & Mr. Darren Frank - Public Members

     Each year we focus our report on one major achievement of Council’s work for the profession. Last year it was
     volunteerism. In 2007, we spoke of the Council’s work to ensure adequate numbers of veterinary professionals to meet
     public demand. In 2005, we touched on the increasing importance of Animal Health Technologists in the delivery of
     animal care. ey are the focus of our 2009 report and for good reason. By working together, the ABVMA and the
     AAAHT will achieve professional status for technologists in 2010.

     e strategic priorities of the ABVMA identify the need for activities that ensure a continuous supply of veterinary health
     professionals to meet the public’s need for qualified animal care. Activities to fulfill this priority include the full
     recognition and utilization of the skills and talents of Alberta’s Animal Health Technologists in day-to-day veterinary

     Full recognition became a reality this past year with the harmonization of the registration and discipline processes of the
     associations. Effective January 2010, the ABVMA will verify the credentials of an Animal Health Technologist (AHT),
     register those qualified, ensure representation of technologists on veterinary medicine committees, and continue to work
     with the AAAHT to define the discipline process and detail the regulatory amendments needed to move technologists to
     full professional status.

     Technologists are an integral part of the veterinary profession in Alberta. It has been rewarding to see the cooperative,
     progressive working relationship evolve between these two groups of veterinary professionals. e public will be well
     served by their actions and we, as pubic members, offer hearty congratulations to both associations on this
     accomplishment. e further integration of AHT’s into the governance of the ABVMA will move both professions
     towards another milestone, equally worthy of our accolades.


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Complaints Director’s Report
Dr. Clay Gellhaus – Deputy Registrar and Complaints Director

e Alberta Veterinary Medical Association is a self-regulating body responsible for administration of the Veterinary
Profession Act of Alberta. As such, the Association gathers dues from its members ensuring the public of Alberta that
there is a process in place to qualify the credentials of veterinarians in Alberta as well as a process to adjudicate
complaints from the public.

All written complaints of unprofessional conduct are directed to the Complaint Review Committee (CRC) through the
Complaints Director. is committee receives information from the Complaints Director or an investigator and
determines whether the complaint should be heard or not. e CRC determines if a complaint meets the threshold
necessary to direct a complaint to a hearing with sworn evidence and testimony. e CRC’s alternative is to dismiss a
complaint if it is trivial, vexatious or it is determined to have insufficient evidence of unprofessional conduct. e
Complains Director may resolve complaints that are of a financial or communicative nature through alternate methods.
If the Complaint Review Committee dismisses a complaint at this initial stage, the complainant may appeal this decision
to a Committee of Council of the ABVMA. If the Complaint Review Committee sends the matter to a hearing, a Hearing
Tribunal is assembled consisting of veterinary members (75%) and public members (25%). e Hearing Tribunal is
selected from a pool of members. e Tribunal listens to sworn testimony put forward in a quasi-judicial setting and will
find a member guilty or not guilty of the allegations. e decision of the Hearing Tribunal is subject to appeal by either
the investigated member or the Complaints Director. is appeal would again be heard by a Committee of Council of the
ABVMA. e process may be further appealed to the Court of Queens Bench or to the Provincial Ombudsman. At this
time the ABVMA has one case being reviewed by the Provincial Ombudsman. We have not received his report at the end
of the business year.

e investigation of complaints is always a challenge. In the past the ABVMA had a pool of investigators consisting of
member volunteers. is is a difficult job and investigations in some cases took longer than what was considered ideal.
e Association then started to utilize professional investigators which proved to be effective but sometimes lacked
sufficient medical expertise. As Complaints Director, I started to do many of the investigations with the help of the
professional investigators but there was not sufficient time to do all the work. We currently are using a select group of
veterinarians who are paid an honorarium for their work. Professional investigators are still used on cases that do not
require significant medical understanding.

In the last year, the ABVMA dealt with three complaints held over from the previous year and twenty-nine new
complaints. Of these complaints twenty-five were sent for investigation, six were resolved by the Complaints Director

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and one was dealt with by improving communication between the complainant and the veterinarian. Investigation on the twenty-five complaints led to a
dismissal of fourteen complaints at the initial stage by the Complaint Review Committee (CRC), and hearings were called on seven of the complaints. Two
of the dismissed complaints were appealed to a Committee of Council. One of these has not been reviewed by year end and the other resulting in
upholding the decision of the CRC. e remaining four investigations were not completed by the end of the business year. Five hearings were held, which
found the members guilty by way of Consent Order and was subsequently ratified by the Hearing Tribunal. Consent Orders allow a veterinarian to take
responsibility for the allegations against them and presents the opportunity for a member to have some input on possible Orders. e other two hearings
are scheduled in the next business year.

ank you to all members of the Complaint Review Committee, Hearing Tribunal, investigators and Practice Review Board for your commitment of time
and emotion to the discipline process. I hope that your devotion to the profession does not go unnoticed by your colleagues. It is difficult to sit in judgment
of one’s peers.

I would also like to thank Dr. Duane Landals, Dr. Darrell Dalton, and the Council of the Association for their support. I could not do this job without your
support and the support of the general membership. I also would like to acknowledge and thank Ms. Lorinne Shore (Hearings Director), Ms. Karen Smith
(legal counsel), Ms. Erin Lafuente (legal counsel), and Mr. Bob McBean (legal counsel) for their assistance and direction over that last year. Last but not
least, I would like to thank the public members who take time from their working and private lives to contribute to the profession. ese members are Mr.
Jim Dobie, Mr. Lloyd Giebelhaus, Sgt. Peter Kawalilak, Ms. Susie Coen, Ms. Jane Logan, Mr. Darren Frank, and Mrs. Sue Turner. If you happen to meet
one of these individuals please take the time to acknowledge their interest and commitment to your profession and to the people of Alberta.

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Communication Manager’s Report
Mrs. Midge Landals - Manager, Communications and Member Services

Today’s rapid advancement in communication technology significantly impacts all of us on a daily basis, and it will
continue to do so in the years ahead. We have gained the ability to reach many people far more quickly and inexpensively
than ever before, instant responses are expected, and teleconference meetings have become the norm. As we accept and
embrace these changes, I think it’s important for us to realise how the complex communication tools we now use
influence the way we interact and communicate with each other. As our reliance on technology increases it is becoming
evident that personal interaction at events such as our ABVMA Leadership Weekend, Annual General Meeting and the
CanWest Conference are becoming more important than ever before. Let’s not forget the importance and value of the
collaborative face-to-face meeting.

e following is a recap of the communications and member services activities that took place over the last year.

Leadership Weekend and Annual General Meeting
e annual ABVMA Leadership Weekend has been moved from its past time frame of the last weekend in January to the
last weekend in February. e 2009 event took place at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary on February 27th to March 1st.
e intent of the ABVMA Leadership Weekend is to provide:
       • Insight into the structure and function of the ABVMA.
       • Training in governance issues.
       • Training specific to legislated committees.
       • An opportunity for each committee to meet in person.
       • To accomplish the first business of the year.
       • Review terms of reference.
       • Identify new and ongoing issues.
       • Establish priorities for the upcoming year.
       • A forum for the exchange of issues and ideas between committees and with Council.
       • An environment for interaction between members on an individual basis.
       • Recognition for distinguished members and retiring committee members, and to maximize attendance at the
         Annual General Meeting of the Association and facilitate communication between members.
       • Showcase our Association to affiliated organisations and government.
       • Get to know the ABVMA staff and other members.

All of this and more was achieved at this year’s Leadership Weekend!

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A Council meeting took place on ursday and new Council members were welcomed.

Friday began with an interactive session “Establishing ABVMA Strategic Priorities” which was facilitated by Dr. Nick Nation. Digital Tea Group spoke
about “Enhancing ABVMA Committee E-Communication” during the lunch hour, and individual committee meetings took place on Friday aernoon. An
evening session was arranged at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) where Dr. Kathleen Makolinski, (Director of
Veterinary Research, ASPCA, New York) spoke on the topic of “Rescue Medicine and Spay/Neuter Programs”. Members were granted a tour of the new
veterinary medical facility by UCVM Dean, Dr. Alastair Cribb.

Saturday was a very busy day beginning with an early ABVMA Council and Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists (AAAHT) Board
member’s breakfast meeting. Mr. Eli Mina, a professional meeting Chair and Registered Parliamentarian from Vancouver, presented an interactive session
entitled, “Meetings, Rules and Effective Decision Making”. e feeling was that this topic would be of interest to members in general so the full day keynote
session was offered to all ABVMA members. e session was well attended and it was very well received. Dr. Nigel Caulkett provided an entertaining
description of “Two Decades of Wildlife Capture” during the lunch break.

e Membership Recognition Banquet was attended by 205 participants. e main award recipients were: Dr. Jim Lawrence for Veterinarian of the Year,
Dr. Lloyd Keddie for Meritorious Service Award, Dr. Roy Lewis for Communications Award, Dr. Melodie Chan for Young Veterinarian of the Year, Drs.
Gerald Ollis and Charles Rhodes for Honorary Life Membership. Dr. Nick Nation guided us through the evening as Master of Ceremonies. Mrs. eresa
WooPaw, MLA Calgary Mackay and her daughter graced us with their presence for dinner. Award winning performer and impressionist, Tracey Bell was a
big hit. We were also well entertained by the many colleagues and guests who were elected to perform with Tracey on stage.

e weekend concluded with the Association Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by a short Council meeting. A total of 129 members and invited
guests attended the meeting, 105 of which were ABVMA voting members. We were very happy to have Mr. Jonathan Denis, MLA Calgary Egmont bring
greetings form the Alberta Government.

Dr. Jia Hoa from the People’s Republic of China was a special guest for the duration of the Leadership Weekend. Dr. Hoa is working on his PhD and is
currently with the Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre within the Ministry of Agriculture. He was here to further his knowledge and understanding
of professional self-regulation with a view to establishing a competent veterinary regulatory authority in his own country.

Registration Day
New members were welcomed into the Association on June 10th. is year’s agenda included: a welcome by the Registrar; greetings from the President’s of
the ABVMA and the AAAHT; an overview of the ABVMA and the discipline process; presentations by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; introduction of the Regional Veterinary Clubs; group discussion regarding the Veterinary Profession Act, General
Regulations, ABVMA Bylaws, Practice Inspection and Practice Standards (PIPS) Bylaws and Council Guidelines. e meeting concluded with the
distribution of License Certificates to the new members.

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009 Quality Assurance (QA) Self-Verification
ere were some minor changes to the QA Guide this year. By merging some sections and removing a few we were able to shorten the QA Guide from 40
to 33 pages. is is another step towards renewing the PIPS Bylaws.

Four hundred and twenty QA Guides were mailed out on June 15th, 2009 with a deadline of July 15th, 2009 for return of the completed Guides. All
updated information has been entered into the database.

Quality Assurance and Certified Radiation Facility Plaques
Approximately twenty new practices will receive a new and improved version of the Quality Assurance/Radiation Facility Plaque in early 2010. All existing
certified facilities were sent renewal stickers in October of this year.

Economic Report and 009 Suggested Fee Guide
is report is provided in conjunction with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Business Management Program. We worked closely
with the CVMA to provide the surveys and reminder notices to ABVMA members. e 2009 Suggested Fee Guide was made available to members on the
Members website in January. e 2008 Economic Report, Compensation and Benefits Report for Associate Veterinarians, Associate DVM Wage Report
and Non-DVM Wage Report were made available to members on the Members website in May. Members were informed of both postings via our weekly
E-News. A printed copy of the Economic Report and 2009 Suggested Fee Guide was mailed to each practice with the resource manual updates in July.

Client Satisfaction Survey
A Client Satisfaction Survey was conducted by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) on behalf of the ABVMA. We worked with the
OVMA in September and October to distribute information and reminder notices to ABVMA practices. Practices were invited to order an ABVMA Client
Satisfaction Electronic Survey kit. e kits included an on-line survey to be completed by clients. Once the e-surveys were completed, the clinics received a
detailed benchmark report outlining their hospital’s strengths and areas of improvement.

Annual Report
is report will be distributed to members with the AGM package in January 2010 and it will be made available to the general public on the ABVMA
website. It will be distributed for discussion at the upcoming Annual General Meeting and filed with the Minister of Alberta Employment, Immigration
and Industry as per the provisions of the Veterinary Profession Act.

Members’ Magazine and E-News
ese are the primary sources for distributing information to ABVMA members. Timely and important messages are relayed through these publications.
e magazine is distributed six times a year and the E-News is circulated periodically on Friday’s to provide members with timely information. e
January/February 2010 issue of the magazine has been reformatted to include a news and information section for the Alberta Association of Animal
Health Technologists. is replaces the current AHT Newsletter. Distribution will double to approximately 3,000 to accommodate all registered
veterinarians and AHTs’ in the province.

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Membership Database and Website
e Association is committed to provide useful electronic tools to members for the timely sharing of information. A re-vamped ABVMA Member’s
Website was unveiled at the Leadership Weekend in February. e new site hosts increased communication tools for council and committee members
while also offering increased functionality for general members. Here is an overview of some of the enhancements:
      • Committee Message/Discussion Boards: ese boards are activated to legislated and non-legislated committees and/or council when issues or
         topics requiring timely conversation and feedback are required. General membership discussion boards are currently being tested and will be
         available for use in the New Year.
      • Meeting Minutes: Council and Committee meetings minutes are now available to committee members on line.
      • On-line Clinic Resources: Clinic resources, including the Clinic Resource Manual are now available to members for download. ese documents
                 - Legislation
                 - Bylaws
                 - Council Guidelines
                 - E-Newsletters
                 - Council Highlights
                 - Current information
                 - PIPS Bylaws
                 - ABVMA/CVMA Business Management Program
                 - Safety Handbook
                 - Radiation Program
      • ABVMA Logos: e ABVMA logo has been made available for use by registered veterinarians. A variety of print ready formats and guidelines for
         logo use are posted on the website. Members are encouraged to review the guidelines prior to using the logo.
      • Enhanced Individual Membership Information: In addition to online membership/permit renewals and tracking of continuing education hours,
         members can now log in and print off receipts for membership and permit to practice renewals.
      • Classified Advertising: Four new categories have been added for advertising purposes. Veterinary Student Required, Veterinary Student Seeking
         Employment, AHT Student Required and AHT Student Seeking Employment. e four new student categories are being provided by the
         ABVMA on a complimentary basis and are available on both the member’s only and the public websites. is new service is intended to assist
         and increase the employment of qualified students into veterinary practices in Alberta.

Regular features from the previous Member’s site such as ABVMA Bylaws, Council Guidelines, PIPS guidelines etc. are still available. Members are
encouraged to visit and use the Members website oen and to provide feedback to the Association office.

Restructuring of the ABVMA Public website is underway in order to improve functionality and visual appearance. A number of Adobe Contribute licenses
have been purchased which allows the ABVMA staff the ability to make changes and add content to both websites in a timely fashion.

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A hard copy Directory was mailed to members in July with an electronic version available on the website.

Hospital Resource Manual
is year’s updates regarding legislation, resources, radiation, fee guides and directories were distributed to ABVMA practices in July. e information is
now available on the Members website in downloadable format and the Association will cease to distribute hard copy updates in mass to the registered

Safety Handbook
e Safety Handbook for Alberta Veterinary Facilities was released to members in July. is document was received from the author, Dr. Diane McKelvey,
with permission to adapt it for use in Alberta. It is available on the ABVMA Members website for download. e file is fully bookmarked for ease of
navigation, and should prove to be useful on a daily basis. e manual covers topics including Zoonoses, Radiation Safety, Laboratory and General
Hazards, WHMIS, Emergency Preparedness, Waste Anaesthetic Gases, and a multitude of other useful topics for any veterinary practice entity operating
in Alberta.

Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP)
e CAP program was delivered to 16,862 students in 461 schools throughout the Province in 2009. e steering committee has been challenged this year
with less funding and administrative support available from the Alberta Beef Producers who have been the major stakeholders since the program was first
initiated. Interest to have the program delivered remains but the difficulty lies in the recruitment of volunteers and the lack of funds. On the up-side, the
committee has recently hired a new program co-ordinator and we are able to continue delivering the program in 2010.

Continuing Education
     • 009 CanWest Veterinary Conference
        is year’s conference took place on October 17th to 20th at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Approximately 800 delegates attended
        overall. e breakdown by region is Alberta - 358, BC - 125, other Canadian provinces - 175, international - 10, and non-specified - 132. e
        companion animal program was attended by 711 delegates over the three days, the equine program saw 390 delegates which is a significant
        increase over previous years, and the food animal program attracted 134.

         It was a great pleasure to have Dr. Robert M. Miller (RMM), renowned veterinarian, lecturer, author and cartoonist with us for the duration of
         the conference. Dr. Miller presented a full day lecture for the equine program and he was the keynote speaker at our wind up lunch session where
         he spoke about “e Secrets of Building a Successful Group Practice”. Both he and his wife Debbie were very popular and they could oen be
         found surrounded by groups of people and telling stories of their past veterinary experiences.

         It is gratifying to have many groups including the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Executive Council, Labour Mobility, Provincial
         Veterinary Medical Association Registrars, and Veterinary Technicians host their meetings in conjunction with the conference.

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         e Trade Fair was packed to capacity with 88 display booths and the general consensus was that it was a very good conference. I believe that
         CanWest is now well established in Banff due to continuity.

      • 00 CanWest Conference
        We hope to see many ABVMA members and their animal health care teams at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria British Columbia on
        October 2 – 5, 2010 for next year’s conference.

CE Sponsored by the AB.VMA
e Association was represented in an educational capacity by member volunteers at: the Horse Breeders and Owners Conference in January, Calgary Pet
Expo in April, the AAAHT Conference in September, and at various Career Day Fairs and CAP presentations throughout the school year.

Southern Region Outreach Meeting
Council of the ABVMA hosted a regional meeting in the Southern Region of the province in June. A Barbecue was arranged at a local community hall and
all veterinarians and animal health technologists in the area were invited to attend. An Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency information session was
provided followed by an opportunity for members to meet and socialize with ABVMA Council and staff. Council and staff also visited a number of clinics
in Southern Alberta and a social luncheon was arranged for clinic staff in the Okotoks area. is is an attempt by Council to foster a closer relationship
with members who live and work in far locations of the province.

Brochures, Posters and Publication Articles
“You Are the Best Protection Your Horses Have” is a bio-security brochure that was published and distributed to ABVMA members and equine handlers
and owners. is brochure has been in high demand by the public and is now in its 4th publication of 5,000 copies. It was produced in partnership with the
Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) and the UCVM.

is spring the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) introduced a new magazine entitled “Alberta Bits”. Deputy Registrar, Dr. Darrell Dalton submitted an
article for their first publication entitled “ABVMA Working with the AEF”. e ABVMA works closely with AEF and our intent is to contribute articles for
publication in this magazine on a regular basis.

e ABVMA collaborated with the Police Dog Service Training Centre to produce a public awareness “Travel Safe” poster. e project was initiated by Drs.
Laurel Arvidson and Cindy Nowle of Lacombe Veterinary Centre and the ABVMA published and distributed three copies of the poster to each veterinary
hospital in the province. e concept was presented to the National and Provincial Veterinary Medical Associations (VMA’s) at the CVMA
Communications Forum in June and has since been reproduced by a number of the VMA’s.

Pet Talk Show
e Pet Talk Show continues to be hosted by ABVMA members and is aired on 630 CHED radio every Sunday morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

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Student Members
e ABVMA Council hosted a dinner meeting with the Alberta student members at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in January. A
stethoscope and white coat ceremony was jointly hosted by CVMA and the western provinces in conjunction with the WCVM Awards Ceremony in

A similar welcome lunch and stethoscope/white coat ceremony was hosted by the ABVMA and CVMA for the second class of students at the University of
Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. is event took place in September at the Spy Hill Campus in Calgary.

e ABVMA Student Representatives at each College continue to submit articles for publication in the Members’ Magazine on a regular basis. Both
representatives attended the Leadership Weekend in a learning capacity and they also delivered a short report and greetings from the students at the
Annual General Meeting.


We truly are “Grounded in Alberta”! Sincere thanks to the many members who have devoted their time over the last year in support of your Association. It has
been a very good year and I look forward to working with you and meeting more of you face-to-face in the years ahead. - Midge

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Practice Review Board Report
Legislated Standing Committee
Dr. Dianna Smith - Chair

e Practice Review Board (PRB) is one of the legislated standing committees of the ABVMA. e PRB functions and reports to Council regarding:
    1. Assessment of existing and development of new educational standards
    2. Evaluation of standards of competence
    3. Assessment of the practice of veterinary medicine by registered veterinarians generally.
    4. Fulfilling any request of Council relative to the competence of the practice of veterinary medicine.
    5. Reviewing the practice of veterinary medicine by a specific veterinarian on the recommendation of Council.

With this mandate in mind, the PRB in the last year, continued to address important veterinary issues. Colleagues requiring assistance with veterinary
management and practice competencies were given support. Ongoing cases were monitored to ensure that the requests and recommendations of the PRB
from previous years were met. Approval to practice alternate therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic was given to members meeting the necessary
educational requirements. As well, the PRB requested that Council review the guidelines regarding alternative modalities in practice

As members of the PRB we have noticed an alarming increase in the number of substance abuse cases over the past year. is problem is worrisome to any
profession but perhaps more so in one with medical foundation. We are extremely thankful that we have the Wellness Program to help those who are in
need. A huge thank you to all who have contributed to this program. All donations are gratefully accepted and very much needed.

Practice Inspection and Practice Standards Committee Report
Legislated Standing Committee
Dr. Greg Parks - Chair

e activities of the Practice Inspection and Practice Standards (PIPS) Committee for 2009 were as diverse as its current membership. Dr. Kate Kewish
joined the PIPS committee in January, 2009 and has been a welcome contributor since. In addition to the new committee member, applications were
sought from individuals interested in becoming practice auditors. Interviews were held in late October and early November, with the names of the
successful candidates being forwarded for Council approval. It is hoped that final negotiations and acceptance of the positions will be complete by the end
of December, 2009. To further refine the assessment process we have been working on creating an audit schedule which will improve the efficiency of the
committee and further engage the membership in the process.

During the past year the PIPS committee has had the opportunity to evaluate auditor reports which have identified non-traditional practice entities and
novel business models. is in turn has created an opportunity for the Association to enter into detailed discussions and site visits to better understand

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what the future may hold for the profession. Dispensing practices are one example of unique practice types that have stimulated lengthy and productive
discussions. It is clear that the practice of veterinary medicine is indeed expanding to meet the needs of an evolving marketplace, yet the Association must
ensure that these activities proceed within well researched, documented and applied standards and guidelines. It is inevitable that changes to our existing
Bylaws and guidelines will be required to facilitate and enable our membership to pursue activities unforeseen by our predecessors.

e PIPS committee has also been working on the review and refinement of the existing practice standards in light of the expanding service categories. By
continuing to collect practice and professional data via the annual Quality Assurance Guide program, the PIPS committee will be able to capture trends
across the profession and adjust its focus accordingly.

In the coming year the committee will continue to work on reviewing the contents of the PIPS bylaws and clinic assessment program.

Registration Committee Report
Legislated Standing Committee
Dr. Jane Mahon – Chair

e Registration Committee of the ABVMA met in February 2009 in Calgary in conjunction with the Committee Weekend and Annual General Meeting
and again in June in Edmonton at Registration Day. Registration Day included meeting the 95 new members that attended, an overview of the ABVMA
organization by Dr. Duane Landals and a review of the discipline process by Dr. Clay Gellhaus. e day concluded with the presentation of ABVMA
Membership certificates to the new members by Dr. Bob Ruckman. Eleven new members were unable to attend and will be required to attend the 2010
Registration Day. ere have also been 21 Limited Licensures granted to date.

is upcoming year the Registration Committee will continue to examine the Limited Licensure process, the AHT registration within the ABVMA as well
as the potential implications to ABVMA registration by the new labor mobility legislation.

Foreign Qualification Recognition Plan for Alberta
e following report is submitted as a requirement of the Government of Alberta under the Foreign Qualification Recognition (FQR) Plan.

Reporting Period: November 1, 2008 to October 31, 2009
Total Veterinary Applications
       General Practice License     72
       Limited License              16
       Temporary License            29
       Total                      7

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Educational Background
       License Type            Accredited Veterinary Program           Non-Accredited Veterinary Program
       General                               57                                       15
       Limited                                3                                       13
       Temporary                              1                                       28

e normal sequence for non-accredited program graduates is to progress from Limited License to Temporary License and then to General License once
all examinations are completed. For individuals progressing from Temporary License to General License during this reporting period, the average time
required was 20 months (from first receipt of a Temporary License to receipt of a General License) As the Limited License is a new license category we are
unable to provide statistics on the length of time required to achieve a Temporary License from a Limited License.

Disposition of Foreign Qualified Applicants
       # New Applicants          # Processed to Licensing           # Meeting All Requirements              # Not Meeting All Requirements
               53                          53                                   15                                        38

        •    ere were no incomplete applications received.
        •    e 38 applicants who did not meet all licensing requirements were accommodated through an alternate licensing process (Limited or
        •    No applications were held up because of language requirements as this standard is assessed by the National Examining Board before
             application is received by the ABVMA.
        •    e ABVMA does not require work or clinical experience for licensure and the pass-fail statistics on licensing exams are maintained by the
             National Examining Board.
        •    Generally, once a fully completed application for registration is received by the ABVMA it takes less than two weeks to process and receive
             approval into an appropriate license category.
        •    e ABVMA has no ability to assess the time it takes from the arrival into Canada by the foreign trained veterinarian until they submit a fully
             completed application to the ABVMA.

Country of Origin for All Licensees
      Country        General        Limited         Temporary                         Country        General         Limited       Temporary
                      License       License           License                                        License         License         License
      Argentina          1                                                            Hungary                                           1
      Belgium            1             1                 1                            Egypt             2                               3
      Bulgaria                                           1                            Ireland           1
      Chile                                              1                            Korea             1
      Columbia                                           1                            Mexico                            1
      Chech. Rep.        1                               1                            Netherlands                       1
      Germany                          1                                              New Zealand       1               1

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        Country        General         Limited        Temporary                         Country        General         Limited        Temporary
                       License         License          License                                        License         License          License
        Romania                           1                2                            West Indies       1               1
        Pakistan          1               4                1                            India             2               2                9
        Philippines                       2                1                            UK                2
        Poland                                             1                            Australia         3                                2
        Russia                                             1                            USA               3               1                1
        Somalia           1                                1                            Canada           50
        South Korea                                        1                            Total            7               6              9
        South Africa      1

Equine Committee Report
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Deb Harrison-Steele - Chair

e main focus of the Leadership Weekend Equine Committee meeting in 2009 was the recent outbreak of Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) in the
United States. CEM is a contagious venereal disease affecting horses. e test for the disease is direct culture of the equine reproductive organs but the
organism, Taylorella equigenitalis is difficult to grow in vitro making false negatives possible. With no reliable or efficient tests and oen no clinical signs,
this disease is oen difficult to detect. e discovery of this disease within North America has significant economic implications regarding the import and
export of horses, semen and embryos. is directly impacts all veterinarians involved in equine practice.

Changes were imposed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in order to protect Canada from the transmission of this disease, however the new
regulations severely restricted the ability to import fresh, cooled equine semen into Canada. e Equine Committee discussed possible changes to the new
regulations which would facilitate easier importation of semen while maintaining an appropriate level of biosecurity. A letter was draed by the ABVMA
Equine Committee and was presented to Dr. Gary Kruger (CFIA, Veterinary Program Specialist), CVMA, the provincial veterinary medical associations
and Equine Canada to influence having the importation regulations modified. Communication between the CFIA and members of the Equine Committee
continued throughout 2009 and will likely continue into 2010 as new cases of CEM are discovered in the US. e CFIA regulations were amended during
the 2009 breeding season allowing for slightly easier importation of fresh, cooled equine semen.

e issue of horse slaughter and humane transport of slaughter horses was discussed during the Equine Committee meeting and it was decided that an
ABVMA position statement should be developed. e CVMA, AVMA and the AAEP position statements need to be reviewed and discussed prior to
developing an ABVMA position statement. is discussion is scheduled to take place during the 2010 Equine Committee meeting.

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Other areas the Equine Committee addressed included: recognizing the need to modernize the ABVMA display board used at the Horse Owners and
Breeders Conference; update information regarding nEHV-1; role of paraprofessionals in Equine Medicine and possible CE topics for upcoming
conferences. Client communication sheets and the CVMA Fee Guide were reviewed, discussed and amended.

In June, several members of the Equine Committee; along with individual ABVMA members and e Economic Task Force reviewed the Suggested
Equine Fee Guide in detail with in depth discussion of fee structure, billing practices and procedural descriptions. Suggestions were used to adjust the 2010
Suggested Equine Fee Guide.

Food Animal Committee Report
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Lynn Tait – Chair

Over the past four years it has been my pleasure to serve on the Food Animal Committee and to represent the interests of small ruminant practitioners in
the province. e current committee is made up of members who represent all aspects of food animal practice in the province, including academia and
diagnostics. It has been very rewarding to work with this group and to view Food animal practice from a variety of perspectives.

e committee met in person at the Leadership Weekend in February 2009. e three major topics of discussion were diagnostic lab services in Alberta,
rural practice sustainability and the role of fee guides and economic surveys and the release of the CVMA’s prudent use guidelines for antimicrobials.
Over the course of the year, several members of the committee participated in workshops with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) to
help develop a model for the delivery of food animal diagnostic services in Alberta. is process is very involved and still in progress. It is anticipated that
members of this committee will continue to participate as requested by the AARD project team.

e issue of sustainability and profitability in rural practice is of great concern to committee members and will be an ongoing issue for many years to
come. It was the general consensus of the committee that economic surveys and updated fee guides do not adequately address the issues of rural practice
and that the ABVMA needs to explore alternative approaches to assessing and addressing the issues of economic viability and the professional desirability
of this type of practice. is will likely be a long term focus of the Food Animal Committee.

e release of CIPARS, or prudent use guidelines by the CVMA was addressed by the committee and concerns were raised over veterinarians being
restricted by tighter off label use regulations. is is particularly important in minor species where there are very few licensed products available. is also
will be an ongoing priority for the committee to monitor these guidelines and ensure that they are practical to the field veterinarian.

e committee met by conference call in October in order to update members on the lab services project and to discuss the role of the Food Animal
Committee and ABVMA in relation to the Alberta Livestock and Meat Strategy.

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Companion Animal Committee Report
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Agnes Tenszen - Chair

e Companion Animal Committee met on two occasions in 2009, as well as engaged in discussions on line, or via e-mail on a number of occasions. A
number of issues were addressed and continue to require further thought and evolution to promote highest standards of practice and promote our
profession in the public eye.

Topics of discussion included:

      •   Guidelines for minimum standards of practice for remote spay/neuter programs were discussed. Discussions centered on those guidelines
          published in JAVMA (‘e Association of Shelter Veterinarians veterinary medical care guidelines for spay-neuter programs’, vol. 233, July,
          2008). Further review of published guidelines and current practices in Alberta was required before any conclusions and recommendations could
          be made.

      •   Promotion of the veterinarian’s public image was extensively discussed. Discussions centered on promoting the public’s confidence in
          veterinarians as the trustworthy and knowledgeable source of information regarding pets, as well as highlighting the compassion of the
          veterinary profession. Establishing a charitable foundation in Alberta, administered by the ABVMA was proposed (such as the Farley
          Foundation). At this time, it was concluded that resources are currently not available to undertake the administration of such a project.

      •   e 2008 Companion Animal Disease Survey results were reviewed by the committee. Zoonotic and non-indigenous diseases were reported in
          practices across the province. Further evaluation of trends over several years is necessary to determine if these diseases are imported, if they are
          established in Alberta, and if local/regional endemic areas may be developing. is will be a project to develop over several years as further
          information is tabulated.

      •   e Companion Animal Committee discussed the economics of veterinary practice during times of recession. e committee recognizes the
          fluctuations in regional and provincial economics and the need for appropriateness of fees for veterinary services. As such, members of the
          committee, as well as other invited veterinary practitioners met in Edmonton to review the 2008 Companion Animal Fee Guidelines. Individual
          line items were discussed and recommendations for changes were deemed appropriate.

      •   ABVMA Website Client Information sheets were reviewed and updated by the committee. e Companion Animal Committee recommended
          that the client information section of the website be linked to the CVMA client information section.

      •   e Truck Bed poster developed by Drs. Laurel Arvidson and Cindy Nowles, encouraging safe transportation of dogs in vehicles, was strongly

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          endorsed by the Companion Animal Committee. e Companion Animal Committee continues to endorse the distribution of this public
          education poster in the coming year.

In to the future, the Companion Animal Committee continues to focus on ways of promoting the veterinary profession’s public image, as well as
continuing to be aware of changes in veterinary practice and ensuring evolution of standards of practice. In addition, as importation of non-indigenous
disease into Alberta via adoption of animals originating from outside of province, as well as travel of resident pets continues, methods of monitoring
trends must be established to increase awareness by practitioners of these changing trends. Any further comments or feedback regarding these issues, or
any other topics regarding Companion Animal Practice is welcomed by the Companion Animal Committee.

Animal Welfare Committee Report
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Darren Ludbrook – Chair

It has been fairly quiet for the committee this year in terms of meetings, but still some ongoing issues, the euthanasia manual continues to be reviewed, and
input will be considered from some other similar national and international documents. It is considered to be very important to have this document
prepared well so that it is as up to date as possible and is sensitive to the different parties that may use, or be exposed to the document. As well, the
ABVMA is providing funding to the project, and several of the committees have reviewed it and had criticisms of the dras. It is important that it has
veterinary input and editing, and that everyone is happy with the results before it is printed and released.

A meeting was held following the CanWest Conference in Banff, on October 21, 2009 for the inauguration of an AFAC Animal Welfare Incident Response
Team, and the results were considered to be very successful. Sixteen veterinarians, representing all geographic areas of Alberta, and with multi-species
experience, signed on as part of a team to provide information to, and to investigate producers who are reported to have animal welfare issues. Dr. Ray
Fenton has been providing this service for AFAC (Alberta Food Animal. Care) but will be retiring from his post. It was decided this was a valuable service
functioning as a producer advocate to hopefully inform producers and correct problems before legislative intervention is needed, i.e.; seizure, fines, formal
charges. Ray has done an outstanding job in the position as one man, but it was felt that a team approach, somewhat like the Canadian Veterinary Reserve
would better serve as his replacement and would allow rapid response to all areas of the province.

A positive step for animal welfare was the poster campaign by Dr. Cindy Nowle and Dr. Laurel Arvidson promoting the safe transport of animals in
vehicles. e campaign focused on changing the practice of dogs riding unsecured in truck beds and decreasing the needless associated injuries that can
occur from that. Posters were given to every practice and were well received; hopefully they make a difference with their target audience.

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An ongoing issue facing the profession is the relationship between cost and provision of care. With this past year being one of the toughest financially on
record, there were many examples of animals being abandoned, and being deprived of adequate care, while on the other hand, many veterinary clinics
continued to do very well charging fees at or above the recommended fee guides. It begs the question, how much is too much? ere has been a movement
of veterinarians, humane societies, etc. to provide low cost spay/neuter clinics and services to aboriginal people on reservations, and the underprivileged in
society, while on the other hand there is demand for the technology and procedures available to humans for pets with the associated cost that this entails to
running a private business. It will be an ongoing dilemma for the profession and a focus for the ABVMA on how to serve the interests of both spectrums of
the population.

e AFAC welfare incident team, the poster campaign, and the euthanasia manual are all reinforcing of the strategic priorities of the ABVMA that
veterinarians should be the "go-to people" for animal welfare issues, and we will continue to strive in the future to develop this. We also need to continue to
educate the public that as private business owners we need to receive fair compensation to provide the level of service that it demands, but we will explore
other models to try to provide care and safeguard the welfare of animals belonging to economically disadvantaged people.

Alternate Livestock and Wildlife Committee Report
Professional Development Committee
Dr. James Marshall – Chair

For better or for worse, it was a fairly uneventful year for the Alternate Livestock and Wildlife Committee. e purpose of this committee is to respond to
issues that arise in the province with regards to wildlife and alternate livestock. Some of the items discussed at our February 2009 meeting included:

      1. Dr. Caulkett’s update on the cancelled University of Alberta wolf depopulation / sterilization project. e study had aspects that did not meet
         Canadian Council of Animal Care guidelines involving holding of animals, post-operative pain control, capture techniques with high velocity
         guns, the surgical procedures (tubal ligation and vasectomy), and not enough collared ungulates to adequately measure response.

      2. A future issue to examine was the lack of provincial guidelines for wildlife welfare and research. e committee felt there needs to be more
         veterinary involvement with wildlife research in Alberta. is should be included in Alberta’s Animal Health Strategy. Wildlife studies should
         aim to have the same standard of care as research with domestic and laboratory animals.

      3. Part of the decrease in committee business this year was due to the status of the velvet antler farms and other alternate livestock. e question
         arose as to the purpose of our committee and the direction in which we wanted to move. Should we become less reactive and more proactive? As
         alternate livestock industries diminish, should our focus be more on wildlife and environmental health? Should we be looking more at the
         ecological impact of veterinary medicine?

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It is oen non-veterinarians who are directly involved in the management, guardianship and welfare of wildlife and alternate livestock in the province. We
encourage Alberta veterinarians to become more involved in these areas and find opportunities where we can make a positive contribution to the safety
and welfare of these species. It is important for Alberta veterinarians to maintain and if possible, increase our presence and involvement with those bodies,
groups, organizations, and farms managing wildlife and alternate livestock. is can be done through positive, friendly communication. Increased
communication and partnership will ensure that proper CCAC guidelines, etc. are followed in both research and handling of these species.

Alberta veterinarians who have concerns regarding alternate livestock or wildlife issues can bring them to the attention of this committee for discussion.
For example, research or management practices observed to be not in the best interests of the animals from a welfare standpoint. e issues that arise are
oen as diverse as the species we discuss.

Veterinary Medicine in the Twenty First Century Committee Report
Professional Development Committee
Dr. Toni Bayans - Chair

In 2008 Vet Med 21 reported on the following initiatives that were in their early stages of discussion:

Graduated License
Designated Practice Areas
Advanced Training and increasing the use of Animal Health Technologists
Expanding the role of Animal Health Technologists with a 4 year Bachelor of Applied Science in Animal Health Technology
Organized Mentoring
Increasing the availability of Practice Management
Embracing non-veterinarians to be part of the Veterinary Care Team

Many of these issues have been further developed by other ABVMA committees and will be referred to in those reports.

e meeting held February 27th, 2009 in conjunction with the Leadership Weekend, welcomed new member, Dr. Bonnie Buntain from UCVM and guest
Ms. Carlie Petrisor, the ABVMA student representative at WCVM.

Mandatory Internship Program
is program will need to be voluntary because of the ongoing discussions related to the Trade, Investment and Labor Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and
the Agreement on Interprovincial Trade (AIT).

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Mentorship Program with UCVM
UCVM has taken the lead on establishing mentorships and the ABVMA will continue to be involved.

Roles of Registered Animal Health Technologists and Para Veterinary Medical Professionals (Resolution -09) were both presented for acceptance at
the 2009 AGM.

e Vet Med 21 Committee continues to encourage feedback as we explore challenges, solutions and opportunities in our profession. e membership is
encouraged to visit the new and improved ABVMA website to participate in on-line discussions of current topics.

Historical Advisory Group Report
Dr. Don W. MacDonald

Several members have become involved in writing an updated version of ABVMA History. is will cover the years 1991 to 2010 (20 years). Members may
be asked to contribute to this book.

e Advisory group continues publishing biographies of ABVMA members in the Member’s magazine (published 6 times annually).

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     Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Report
     Dr. Lloyd Keddie – ABVMA Representative to the CVMA

     rough its priorities, e CVMA strives to address issues of relevance to veterinarians across the country.
     Following are highlights of the activities of the CVMA in 2009 listed under the CVMA’s priorities.
     A Successful Career, a Balanced Lifestyle
     e CVMA and Intervet Schering-Plough partnered to research the needs of new Veterinary Graduates. ree main
     concerns identified were student debt, communication skills and the need for mentorship.
     A very successful CVMA Conference was held in Montreal in conjunction with the American College of Veterinary
     Internal Medicine. e role of veterinarians as public health providers was the topic of the Summit of Canadian
     Veterinary Leaders at the conference.
     e CVMA has partnered with the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists for the 62nd CVMA Convention
     which will be held in Calgary from July 7-10, 2010. UCVM will be the site for the conference wet labs. One of the
     highlights this year will be the new Future Leaders Program involving recent graduate veterinarians.
     In 2009, the CVMA offered complimentary Business and Career Management seminars to its members in Saskatchewan,
     New Brunswick and Newfoundland. In 2010, such seminars will be offered in British Columbia, Manitoba and Prince
     Edward Island.
     is is the fih year that the CVMA has fully funded the provincial economic surveys.
     e CVMA Self Insurance Program grew by 15.6% and by 21.4% respectively in the commercial liability and employee
     benefits sectors. e program offers individual life and disability insurance and home and auto coverage as well.
     Leadership on National Issues
     In October 2009 the Canadian Veterinary Reserve reached an important milestone having over 50% (203 out of just over
     400). Reservists trained in foreign animal disease response by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
     All CVMA members now have a copy of the CVMA Antimicrobial Prudent Use Guidelines for Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle,
     Poultry and Swine.
     e CVMA’s Expert Panel on Humane Handling and Slaughter of Horses report, commissioned by the CFIA, is nearing
     CVMA Council approved the revised position statement on surgical procedures which states that a veterinary surgical
     procedure (i.e. surgery) must be performed by a licensed veterinarian. Read more under "Publications" on
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e CVMA’s Environmental Advisory Group is focusing on how to make veterinary practice more environmentally friendly.
e CVMA represented and continues to represent Canadian veterinarians in providing input into and guidance about the animal health and welfare
aspects of the National Farm Animal Health and Welfare Strategy.
e CVMA continues to be involved with the Veterinary Drug Directorate (VDD) in closing the Own Use Importation loophole as well as in a VDD group
dealing with horse meat safety issues pertaining to EU import requirements.
e CVMA hosted the second Labour Mobility Workshop attended by all Registrars, the CVMA President, the NEB Chair, representatives from the
Canadian Association or Animal Health Technicians and Technologists (CAAHTT) and all the provincial veterinary technicians and technologist’s
A CVMA Past Presidents Forum was formed. is forum will act strictly in an advisory role to the CVMA and will meet during the CVMA Annual
Continuing collaboration between the CVMA and CAAHTT resulted in the CAAHT administrative services being provided out of the CVMA office.
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Canadian veterinarians awarded for their exceptional contributions to the profession this year were:
    • CVMA Humane Award - Dr. Dewey Stickney
    • CVMA Industry Award - Dr. Randy Graham
    • CVMA President’s Award - Dr. Alice Crook
    • CVMA Small Animal Practitioner Award - Dr. Steve Marsden
    • Hill’s Public Relations Award - Dr. Cindy Adams, PhD, MSW
    • Intervet Schering-Plough Large Animal Award - Dr. Jacques Lessier
    • RVL Walker Award - Ms. Holly Spring
    • CVMA President’s Award - Dr. Alice Crook
    • CVMA Life Membership Award - Dr. Conrad L’Ecuyer

Animal Welfare Advocacy
Position Statements on Devocalization of Dogs and Humane Training Methods of Dogs were approved.
e CVMA continues to lobby for the passing of Bill C-373 concerning animal abuse.
CVMA Large and Small animal Pain Posters are available on the CVMA Web site.
CVMA members will soon receive a poster reflecting the CVMA position on ear cropping and tail docking of dogs.
Regular articles, concerning animal welfare issues, were published in the CVJ in 2009.

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     University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary
     Medicine Report
     Dr. Alastair Cribb - Dean

     2009 was a year of accomplishments and challenges for the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. e
     continued close relationship with the ABVMA Council has been instrumental in providing us with advice and counsel as
     the program develops. e support and engagement from the community, whether it is in the admissions process, the
     mentorship program, in our clinical programs, our research programs, or in our educational programs, has and will
     continue to be essential to our success. Participation of ABVMA and community members in a variety of committees
     (Faculty Council, Admissions Committee, DVM Student Academic Review Committee, Curriculum Committee, DVLC
     Management Committee, and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee) has been invaluable as we grow and develop.

     We released our first annual report in the fall, which contains a more detailed account of our progress. If you would like a
     copy, please contact us (

     In April 2009, we successfully completed the first year of the DVM program. Delivered without our final facilities, the
     students, faculty and community pitched in to deliver the courses. While we may have wished for warmer toilet seats and
     better lighting, the quality of education for the students did not suffer. In September, 30 new students joined us to form
     the Class of 2013. ese students were again selected through a process that involved the participation of over forty
     community veterinarians.

     A highlight for the DVM program was the opening this summer of the Clinical Skills Building at the Spy Hill Campus.
     e building was showcased at a media event involving the Honorable Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education &
     Technology and of course Dr. Troy Bourque on behalf of the ABVMA. A very successful public open house was hosted
     by our students on the next weekend. We also moved into new space in the Teaching, Research & Wellness Building
     (TRW) on the Foothills Campus. is space is comprised of administration offices, student space, classrooms and
     meeting rooms.

     ese two projects, while on-going, complete about 80% of our infrastructure work. If you have not had the opportunity
     to tour these facilities, please feel free to contact us. You may also take advantage of the CVMA convention next July – we
     will host the wet labs for the convention and we will offer tours of the facility.

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Graduate and postgraduate education is an important component of our educational mission. We now have sixty graduate students being supervised by
our faculty members. We are seeking to expand to 90 students by September, 2010. e veterinary medical sciences graduate program is wending its way
through the accreditation process.

We launched our first trial partnership internship program this fall, with interns based at Moore & Co, the Okotoks Animal Clinical, the CARE Centre,
and the Calgary Zoo. Ultimately, we hope to see this program grow into a residency/graduate studies program.

Our research programs, which support both advancement of veterinary and animal health knowledge and our educational programs, continue to grow.
Research revenues exceeded $8.5 million this year, but most importantly we are starting to see the programs of new faculty members become established
here in Calgary. An important step forward was completion of a research strategic plan. In addition to outlining programs to support research excellence
in our Areas of Emphasis: production animal health, equine health, ecosystem and public health, and investigative medicine (including companion
animal), we identified four themes where we see opportunity and need in Alberta: emerging challenges in animal and human health (including food and
water safety, and disease ecology); reproductive and regenerative medicine; pain and animal welfare; and veterinary education.

All this is only possible with faculty and community support. We have 53 core faculty members, sixteen adjunct appointments, and seven sessional
instructors. Community members continue to contribute to a variety of teaching activities on and off campus, from dentistry to herd health work. We are
continuing to recruit another 15 faculty members of the next 18 months.

e Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) continues to grow. We now have more than 40 clinics with signed memorandums of agreement.
We have approximately 20 clinical faculty members participating in community practices. ere still remains considerable work to finalize the
relationships of faculty working in practices and practices participating in the fourth year programs. However, we are making good progress. e outcomes
for the mandatory general veterinary practice rotations that cover 20 weeks of the fourth year have been established and the structure of the rotations has
been determined. e details of the elective Area of Emphasis programs will have been finalized by the time you are reading this report. e key next steps
will be to establish contracts for specific rotation delivery and to provide the training to community veterinarians and their practices to host students.

Philanthropic support from the community for student award, student activities, research and continuing education remains strong. UCVM will be
launching a major fund raising effort in the next year to build on our foundation programs and provide new opportunities.

A final summary of the key challenges we face: effective communication with the veterinary community and specifically the DVLC members; managing a
growing program in time of tight fiscal management by the province and the university; recruitment of new faculty members; and completion of our
infrastructure projects.

If you have any comments, queries, or concerns, please share them with us ( You may also visit the website for details on our
programs and opportunities.

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     Western College of Veterinary Medicine Report
     Dr. Charles Rhodes - Dean

     On August 24, 2009 we welcomed the 45th class of veterinary students to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
     e 77 students that make up the Class of 2013 come from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and
     Nunavut. In addition to their academic credentials, these students bring a wide range of talents and experiences to the

     e annual WCVM Fall Awards Dinner was held September 25. A wide range of academic and non-academic
     achievements were recognized by awards and scholarships totaling over $100,000. We are most appreciative to the many
     generous donors who make these awards possible.

     In addition to the awards presentations, the Fall Awards Dinner is also the venue for the College’s White Coat Ceremony.
     e ceremony consisted of the presentation of a personalized white lab coat to each member of the Class of 2013 by Dr.
     Lloyd Keddie, Vice-President of the CVMA. e students also received stethoscopes from representatives of their
     respective provincial veterinary associations. Dr. Danny Joffe presented on behalf of the Alberta Veterinary Medical

     In closing the White Coat Ceremony, Dr. Keddie led the students and veterinarians present in reciting the veterinary
     oath. e White Coat Ceremony signifies the start of the process of joining the veterinary profession. Many of the
     students in the Class of 2013 had parents and other relatives present for the ceremony. It was a wonderful and memorable
     evening with attendance exceeding 300.

     Our students continued to represent the College and the profession in an outstanding manner through many different
     activities and achievements during this past year. Let me give just a few examples:

           •   As part of the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, veterinary students Ty Corbiell, Angela Oakley and
               Terence Goslin were recipients of the 2008 Bill Kehler Memorial Scholarships. e $2,500 scholarships are
               awarded annually to students who are involved in professional rodeo.

           •   Roberta Templeton (Class of 2012) received one of five scholarships awarded at the 2009 Canadian Western
               Agribition in Regina. Roberta is from Coaldale, Alberta and has competed in the Hereford Show and the
               Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition. Each scholarship is valued at $1,000.

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      •   Dr. Tamara Quaschnick was the recipient of the 2009 WCVM Gold Medal for the graduating student displaying the highest proficiency in the
          science and art of veterinary medicine. is award was presented at the Spring Convocation ceremonies where a total of 71 students convocated,
          receiving the Doctor of Veterinary medicine degree.

      •   Dr. Candace Grier-Lowe was a recipient of a 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. She is a WCVM graduate and currently enrolled in
          the WCVM’s Nestle Purina veterinary dentistry residency program. Dr. Grier-Lowe is a member of Norway House First Nation and grew up in

Many of our faculty were also recognized this past year. Some examples include:

      •   Early in the year, Maclean’s magazine announced the 2009 3M National Teaching Fellows. Dr. Baljit Singh, a professor in our Department of
          Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, was one of 10 Canadian university professors to receive this prestigious award. e 3M Teaching Fellowship was
          established in 1986 by 3M and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). is is the highest recognition of university
          level teaching excellence in Canada.

      •   Dr. John Giesy, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, was named an Einstein Professor by the Chinese
          Academy of Science. e Einstein Professor Program recognizes 10 top scientists and experts annually. ey are invited to spend 1-2 weeks with
          the Chinese Academy of Science. Recipients are leaders in their field and active in their discipline. Dr. Giesy was honored for his achievements in
          aquatic and environmental toxicology.

      •   Dr. Joe Stookey, Professor in Large Animal Clinical Sciences, was recently named Co-chair of the North American Food Animal Well-being
          Commission – Beef. e NAFAWC – Beef will help direct research efforts, field studies and assessment tools for the North American beef
          industry in relation to beef cattle well-being, in order to provide science-based recommendations for cattle management practices.

      •   Dr. Cheryl Waldner, Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, was the recipient of the University of Saskatchewan New
          Researcher Award at the 2009 Fall Convocation. Cheryl was recognized as a leader in her field, an exceptional veterinary epidemiologist whose
          commitment to service and mentorship has been outstanding.

      •   e Saskatchewan Horse Federation recognized several of our faculty for their outstanding leadership in the areas of animal welfare, innovative
          research, service and communications for the horse industry. Award recipients recognized at the 2009 Annual SHF banquet included: Drs.
          Kristin Poirier, Natalie Tokateloff, James Carmalt, Katharina Lohmann and Hugh Townsend.

In September, we welcomed the “Class of 69” back to the College to celebrate their 40th Anniversary. It was a wonderful weekend for those in attendance
and the entire College. ey even attended “Round-up” festivities and shared stories with the current students, as well as participating in some
competitions. e Class of 69 was the first class to graduate from WCVM.

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In October, our students presented Vetavision. is event is a student effort that lasted four full days this year. It is an opportunity to showcase to the
public, especially elementary students, the educational program for today’s veterinarians and the many roles of the veterinary profession in society. e
event was well attended and very well done. Vetavision is presented every three years.

Finally on the construction front, work is nearly complete on the latest renovations to our large animal clinic and a major expansion of our diagnostic
laboratory. is work will provide new surgery theatres for equine and bovine, as well as a nuclear scintigraphy suite. e diagnostic expansion provides a
new post-mortem room and support areas, as well as improved bio-security and safety. e final project on the drawing board is a renovation of the old
diagnostic space and associated teaching and clinical areas. e recently announced Knowledge Infrastructure Program for the University of Saskatchewan
will provide funding in the amount of $9.1M to complete this final project.

As the College continues to move forward, a key component for our ongoing success is a strong administrative team. Dr. Bruce Grahn was appointed
Associate Dean Academic on January 1, 2009. He replaced Dr. Jeremy Bailey who retired in December aer more than a decade in that role. Also, Dr. John
Campbell was named Head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences on July 1, replacing Dr. David Wilson. On September 1, we welcomed
Ms. Lisa Green as our College Development Officer.

Finally, it was recently announced by the Provost of the University of Saskatchewan, that Dr. Douglas Freeman has been appointed Dean of the WCVM
effective March 1, 2010. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Freeman to the College and University, and also to western Canada.

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2009 Financial Report
                                  009                 009                  As % of                   00
                                BUDGET             PERFORMANCE               Budget                  BUDGET

     Registration         $ 1,319,000        $ 1,341,546            101.7         $ 1,453,729
     Communications           186,000            186,157            100.1              186,000
     Programs                  77,900            157,841            202.6              108,000
     Investment Interest       29,000             49,876            172.0               29,000
     Regulatory                50,000             14,500             29.0               50,000
     AAAHT                     90,000             97,546            108.4                    -
     TOTAL               $ ,75,900         $ ,847,466           05.5           $ ,86,79


Registration:                   Memberships; incorporation permits; licensing fees

Communications:                 Magazine and directory advertising                                                 Registration          72.62%

Programs:                       Conventions / seminars; practice inspection: radiation program; economic survey;   Communications        10.08%
                                endorsements; sponsorships; and member wellness contributions / repayments         Programs              8.54%
                                                                                                                   Investment Interest   2.70%
Investment Interest:            Interest
                                                                                                                   Regulatory            0.78%
Regulatory:                     Practice Review Board; discipline /complaints program                              AAAHT                 5.28%

Alberta Association of Animal
Health Technologists:           Administrative contract (Starting 2010 revenue from the AAAHT contract will be
                                substituted by registration fees for AHT's and recorded under Registration)

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2009 Financial Report
                               009               009            As % of               00
                            BUDGET          PERFORMANCE          BUDGET              BUDGET
Governance                $   221,000        $    193,030            87.3          $ 294,000
Communications                158,000             184,944           117.1               266,000
Programs                      123,000             163,089           132.6               168,000
Administration              1,063,700           1,114,609           104.8             1,156,700
Regulatory                    100,000             111,988           112.0               100,000
AAAHT                           90,000             97,291           108.1                     -
TOTAL                     $ ,755,700        $ ,864,95           06.           $ ,984,700
Surplus / (Deficit):            (3,800)           (17,485)               -             (157,971)

Governance:                     Council meetings; legislated & professional development committees; members
                                forum; annual general meeting; registration day; council and committee training
Communications:                 Annual report; public relations; awards; magazine; fax & e-news; directory; student
                                programs; WCVM, UCVM & other delegation
Programs:                       Conventions / seminars; practice inspection; radiation program; economic                Governance       10.35%
                                development & survey; member wellness                                                   Communications   9.92%
Administration:                 Wages and benefits; travel; office rent and maintenance; postage and courier;
                                                                                                                        Programs         8.74%
                                telephone; office supplies; printing and photocopy; professional fees; credit card and
                                bank fees; insurance                                                                    Administration   59.77%
Regulatory:                     Discipline complaints program (legal hearings and investigation); legislation           Regulatory       6.00%
                                amendments; alternate dispute resolution; unauthorized practices; council approved
                                                                                                                        AAAHT            5.22%
Alberta Association of Animal
Health Technologists:           Expenses to administer the organization under contract agreement
Deficit:                         Deficit is offset by investment in reserves

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Auditors’ Report

To the Members of
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association

We have audited the statement of financial position of Alberta Veterinary Medical Association as at October 31, 2009 and the statements of
unappropriated members’ deficit, revenues and expenditures and cash flow for the year then ended. ese financial statements are the responsibility of the
Association’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. ose standards require that we plan and perform an audit to
obtain reasonable assurance whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant
estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.

In our opinion, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Association as at October 31, 2009 and the
results of its revenues and expenditures and its cash flow for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles.

Chartered Accountants
November 13, 2009

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Statement of Financial Position
October 3, 009
                                                                                              ___________               2008
     Cash                                                                                     $ 77,794          $ 298,538
     Accounts receivable (Note 4)                                                                 34,4             65,803
     Investments due within one year (Note 5)                                                     64,603             82,650
     Prepaid expenses                                                                              3,3             55,062
                                                                                                  507,743            502,053
INVESTMENTS (Note 5)                                                                            ,085,77            841,090
CAPITAL ASSETS (Note 6)                                                                            50,63             58,765
INTANGIBLE ASSET (Note 7)                                                                          34,46             13,876
                                                                                              $ ,678,39        $ 1,415,784
     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                                                 $ 36,857          $    81,767
     Deferred revenue                                                                             77,44            255,204
                                                                                                  594,98            336,971

     Unappropriated members' deficit                                                               (6,570)           (46,319)
     Operating reserve                                                                             87,76            803,962
     Program reserve                                                                               54,764            178,658
     Professional wellness reserve                                                                  78,846             69,871
     Investment in capital assets                                                                   50,63             58,765
     Investment in intangible assets                                                                34,46             13,876
                                                                                                ,083,94           1,078,813
                                                                                              $ ,678,39        $ 1,415,784

Signed Dr. Nick Nation, Director                    Signed Dr. Duane Landals, Director

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Statement of Unappropriated Members' Deficit

Year ended October 3, 009

                                                                                               ___________              2008

UNAPPROPRIATED MEMBERS' DEFICIT, BEGINNING OF YEAR                                             $   (46,39)        $ (54,975)

TRANSFER TO EQUITY IN EQUIPMENT AND INTANGIBLES*                                                   (,084)          (35,742)

TRANSFER TO OPERATING RESERVE                                                                      (3,4)          (81,127)

ADJUSTMENT TO MARKET VALUE OF INVESTMENTS, END OF YEAR                                              ,63             31,673

TRANSFER TO PROGRAM RESERVE                                                                         (5,59)          (18,028)

TRANSFER FROM PROGRAM RESERVE                                                                       9,053                  -

TRANSFER TO PROFESSIONAL WELLNESS RESERVE                                                           (8,975)          (15,019)

(DEFICIENCY) EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES                                                 (7,485)            126,899
UNAPPROPRIATED MEMBERS' DEFICIT, END OF YEAR                                                  $ (6,570)          $ (46,319)
     Depreciation and amortization                                                            $     4,6        $ 14,544
     Purchase of capital and intangible assets                                                    (36,706)           (50,286)
                                                                                              $ (,084)          $ (35,742)

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Statement of Revenues and Expenditures
Year ended October 3, 009

                                                                           ____ Budget               009
                                                                                               ___________              2008
                                                                             (Note 0)
      ABVMA memberships                                                    $ ,9,000        $ ,49,938        $ 1,134,077
      Incorporation permits                                                     45,000              46,36             43,251
      Licensing fees                                                            55,000              45,8             61,595
      Newsletter/magazine/roster                                               86,000             86,57           179,413
      CanWest Veterinary Conference - net (Note 8)                                   -              ,46                  -
      Conventions/seminars - net                                              (0,000)            (,9)            (8,991)
      Endorsements                                                               8,000              0,607             27,293
      Practice inspections                                                      63,900              66,39             61,955
      Professional wellness
             General                                                                 -              9,550             22,130
             Recovery                                                                -              5,550             22,794
      Radiation program                                                         6,000              6,508             33,382
      Investment interest                                                       9,000              49,876             43,980
      Discipline/complaints program                                             50,000              4,500             63,691
WCVM contribution                                                                    -                   -             15,200
AAAHT                                                                           90,000              97,546             77,822
                                                                             ,75,900          ,847,466           1,777,592
     Committee meetings                                                        74,000            8,84            127,908
     Council meetings                                                           47,000             74,89             68,960

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Statement of Revenues and Expenditures, continued
      Newsletter/magazine/roster                                               00,000            0,90             96,485
      Public relations                                                          40,000             74,69             58,404
      Student program                                                           0,000                  -                  -
      Awards                                                                     8,000              8,34              6,431
      Practice inspections                                                      7,000             9,580             63,155
      Radiation program                                                         3,000             6,508             29,118
      Economic development                                                       9,000                  -              7,165
      Economic survey                                                                -              8,876              8,765
      Professional wellness                                                     0,000             36,5             10,775
      Wages and benefits                                                        685,000            733,40            635,193
      Office operations                                                           77,000             73,89             59,665
      Bad debts                                                                      -              3,000                175
      Office rent                                                                5,000            39,6            118,356
      Professional fees                                                         40,000             43,388             33,281
      Delegation/education                                                      5,000             49,964             24,220
      Legal fees                                                                57,000             6,96             51,605
      Credit cards                                                              8,000             6,998             23,451
      Postage and courier                                                       7,000              8,85             14,421
      Telephone                                                                  8,700              7,63              8,056
      Miscellaneous                                                              ,000              ,07              1,218
      Discipline/complaints program                                            00,000             87,70             85,942
      Council operations                                                             -             4,78             23,623
AAAHT                                                                           90,000             97,9             79,121
WCVM Contribution                                                                    -                  -             15,200
                                                                             ,755,700          ,864,95           1,650,693
(DEFICIENCY) EXCESS OF REVENUES OVER EXPENDITURES                          $__________
                                                                           _    (3,800)           (7,485)            126,899
MEMBERS' EQUITY, BEGINNING OF YEAR                                                              ,078,83             920,241
FAIR VALUE ADJUSTMENTS                                                                              ,63             31,673
MEMBERS' EQUITY, END OF YEAR                                                                  $ ,083,94        $ 1,078,813

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Statement of Cash Flow
Year ended October 3, 009
                                                                                               __________               2008

     (Deficiency) excess of revenues over expenditures                                         $ (7,485)        $    126,899
     Items not affecting cash
        Depreciation and amortization                                                              4,6             14,544
                                                                                                    7,37            141,443

     Changes in non-cash working capital items
          Accounts receivable                                                                     (68,3)            172,118
          Prepaid expenses                                                                          3,830           (12,724)
          Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                                                 35,090          (197,328)
          Deferred revenue                                                                          ,37          (140,878)
                                                                                                  9,983            (37,369)

     Purchase of capital and intangible assets                                                    (36,706)           (50,286)
     Redemption of investments                                                                     80,739            975,830
     Purchase of investment                                                                      (484,760)          (998,580)
                                                                                                 (340,77)           (73,036)
NET CASH OUTFLOW                                                                                 (0,744)          (110,405)

CASH POSITION, BEGINNING OF YEAR                                                                  98,538            408,943
CASH POSITION, END OF YEAR                                                                    $ 77,794         $    298,538

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Notes to the Financial Statements
Year ended October 3, 009

e Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (the “Association”) is the official body in which all veterinarians practicing their profession in Alberta must
maintain membership. e Association serves the public through self-governance in accordance with the Veterinary Profession Act. is includes
licensing, discipline and the setting and maintenance of high levels of practice standards. e Association is a not-for-profit medical organization under
the Canadian Income Tax Act and, as such, is not subject to income tax.
e Association has adopted the following changes in accounting policies effective November 1, 2008:
Going concern
e Association adopted the additional requirements of Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (“CICA”) Handbook Section 1400, General
Standards of Financial Statement Presentation. is section requires management to make an assessment of the entity’s ability to continue as a going
concern and to disclose any material uncertainties related to events or conditions that may cast significant doubt upon the entity’s ability to continue as a
going concern. ere was no impact to the financial statements arising from the adoption of this accounting pronouncement and management believes the
going concern assumption is appropriate for the Association.
Section 3855 – Financial Instruments – Recognition and Measurement
On April 23, 2008, the CICA amended CICA Handbook Section 3855, Financial Instruments - Recognition and Measurement. e amended section
allows not-for-profit organizations to elect not to account for certain non-financial contracts as derivatives, and not to account for certain derivative
features embedded in non-financial contracts, leases and insurance contracts as embedded derivatives. If the Association did not elect this option, it would
be required to account for derivative financial instruments and embedded derivative financial instruments in accordance with the guidance in Section
e Association has elected to adopt these amendments to Section 3855 effective for its fiscal year beginning on November 1, 2008, and has elected not to
account for non-financial contracts as derivatives, and not to account for embedded derivatives in non-financial contracts, leases and insurance contracts
as embedded derivatives. e adoption of these amendments has no impact on the financial statements.
Section 3862 – Financial Instruments – Disclosures
Section 3863 – Financial Instruments – Presentation
On October 15, 2008, the CICA deferred indefinitely the requirement for not-for-profit organizations to implement Sections 3862 and 3863. Section 3862
requires the disclosure of information about: a) the significance of financial instruments for the entity’s financial position and performance, and b) the
nature and extent of risks arising from the financial instruments to which the organization is exposed during the period and at the balance sheet date, and
how the organization manages those risks. Section 3863 establishes standards for presentation of financial instruments and non-financial derivatives.

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Notes to the Financial Statements, continued
e Association has elected to defer application of these standards and as such continues to follow the disclosure requirement of Section 3861.
Capital disclosures
e Association adopted CICA Handbook Section 1535, Capital Disclosures, which prescribes standards for disclosing information about an entity’s
capital and how it is managed. is section was applicable to fiscal years beginning on or aer October 1, 2007. Additional disclosures required as a result
of adopting this standard are disclosed in Note 11.
Future accounting changes
In November 2008, the CICA issued amendments to Section 1540, Cash Flow Statement, Section 1751, Interim Financial Statements, Section 4400,
Financial Statement Presentation by Not-for-Profit Organizations, Section 4430, Capital Assets Held by Not-for-Profit Organizations and Section 4460,
Disclosure of Related Party Transactions by Not-for-Profit Organizations, and issued Section 4470, Disclosure of Allocated Expenses by Not-for-Profit
Organizations. e new standards will be applicable to interim and annual financial statements relating to fiscal years beginning on or aer January 1,
2009. Accordingly, the Association will adopt the new standards as of November 1, 2009.
Sections 1540 and 1751 have been amended to include not-for-profit organizations within their scope.
Section 4400 has been amended in order to eliminate the requirement to treat net assets invested in capital assets as a separate component of net assets
and, instead permit a not-for-profit organization to present such an amount as a category of internally restricted net assets when it chooses to do so. It also
clarifies that revenues and expenses must be recognized and presented on a gross basis when a not-for-profit organization is acting as a principal in
Section 4430 has been amended to specify that smaller organizations that capitalize their capital assets shall capitalize all classes of capital assets and
amortize and write down those assets in accordance with relevant Handbook sections.
Section 4460 has been amended to make the language consistent with Section 3840, Related Party Transactions.
Section 4470 establishes disclosure standards for not-for-profit organization that classifies its expenses by function and allocates its expenses to a number
of functions to which the expenses relate.
Management is yet to finalize the evaluation of the impact of the adoption of these new standards on its financial statements.
e financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) using the deferral method
of recognizing revenues, and they reflect the following significant accounting policies:
Cash consists of cash on hand and cash on deposit in bank accounts. Included in cash is $20,297 (2008 - $18,800) restricted for the Radiation Program.

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Notes to the Financial Statements, continued
Capital assets
Capital assets are stated at cost and depreciated as disclosed in Note 6.
Intangible assets
Intangible assets are assets that lack physical substance. Intangible assets with a definite useful life are amortized over their estimated useful life in
accordance with the rates disclosed in Note 7.
Long-lived assets
Long-lived assets are tested for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying amount may not be recoverable. An
impairment loss is recognized when an asset’s carrying value exceeds the residual value. e amount of the impairment loss is determined as the excess of
the carrying value of the asset over its residual value.
Revenue recognition
Membership fees are levied by the Association to its members on a calendar year basis and are recorded as income on a straight-line basis over the 12-
month period to which they relate.
Statement of cash flow
ere was no cash paid interest in 2009 or 2008.
Financial instruments
e Association’s financial instruments consist of cash, accounts receivable, investments, and accounts payable and accrued liabilities.
e Association has classified cash as held-for-trading. e Association has classified its accounts receivable as loans and receivables and accounts payable
and accrued liabilities as other financial liabilities. e Association has classified all of its marketable securities as available-for-sale. ese securities are
subject to a regular review for losses that are other than temporary. Available-for-sale securities are written down to fair value through excess of revenues
over expenditures whenever it is necessary to reflect an other-than-temporary impairment. e fair value of marketable securities is determined from
quoted market prices.
e Association accounts for the purchase and sale of marketable securities using settlement date accounting. Transaction costs related to the Association’s
available-for-sale securities will continue to be included in their carrying values.
Fair value of financial instruments
e fair value of cash, accounts receivable, and accounts payable and accrued liabilities is approximately equal to their carrying value due to their short-
term maturity. Fair value of investments is disclosed in Note 5.
Credit risk
Credit risk arises from the potential that a counterparty will fail to perform its obligations. e Association is exposed to credit risk through the many
sources of revenue which is mitigated by the large number of members and other customers.

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Notes to the Financial Statements, continued
Market price and interest rate risk
e Association is exposed to fluctuations in the market prices of its investments. is risk is managed by the Association’s investment policies which
prescribe limitations regarding the type of investments. In addition, the Association is exposed to interest rate risk with respect to the amount of interest
earned on term deposits and investments funds.
Use of estimates
e preparation of financial statements in conformity with Canadian GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the
reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported
amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Due to the inherent uncertainty involved in making such estimates, actual results could
differ from these estimates. Significant areas that require the use of management’s estimates include the collectible amounts of accounts receivable, the
useful lives of capital assets and intangibles assets and the corresponding rates of amortization, the amount of accrued liabilities and the fair value of
financial instruments.
Members’ equity
e Association relies mainly on the members subscriptions to finance its operations. e funds available are allocated to the various programs based on
the priorities identified by the Council. e objective is to set aside at least 45% of annual income as reserve for operations and up to 10% of annual
income as reserve for programs.
e members’ equity of the Association consists of the unappropriated members’ equity, equity in capital assets, intangible assets, and operating, program
and professional wellness reserves.
Transfers from equity in equipment and intangibles consist of additions funded through operations and depreciation.
In 2009 the Association’s Council internally restricted $23,214 (2008 - $81,127) to be recorded as an operating reserve for future unforeseen events and
$5,159 (2008 - $18,028) to be used for programs. A net member expense reimbursement for professional wellness of $8,975 (2008 - $15,019) was
transferred to the professional wellness reserve, and $29,053 (2008 - nil) was transferred from program reserve to fund council outreach expenses.
Transfer of these amounts was made from the unappropriated members’ equity to the operating, program and professional wellness reserves respectively.
ese internally restricted amounts are not available for general operations without approval of the Council. e professional wellness reserve is for the
purpose of supporting professional wellness programs.
Contributed services
Volunteers contribute time each year to ensure certain programs are delivered. Because of the difficulty of compiling these hours and the fact that these
services are not otherwise purchased, contributed services are not recognized in the financial statements.

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Notes to the Financial Statements, continued
                                                                                              __________               2008
Accrued interest                                                                              $    5,888        $     8,763
Goods and services tax                                                                             ,74              1,470
Other receivables, including dues                                                                 05,5             55,570
                                                                                              $ 34,4          $    65,803

                                                                                              __________            Cost
$139,000, 4.9% Canada Housing Trust due December 1, 2013                                      $ 53,88          $ 47,38
$80,000, 3.55% Canada Housing Trust due September 15, 2010                                         8,448             80,85
$98,000, 3.75% Farm Credit Canada due June 15, 2011                                               0,780             99,6
$80,000, 3.55% Farm Credit Canada due October 15, 2010                                             8,55             80,098
$211,000, 3.75% Government of Canada Treasury Bill due September 1, 2011                          ,90            0,939
$81,000, 5% Province of Ontario series non callable due March 8, 2014                              88,70             89,30
$188,000, 4.75% Province of Ontario Note due June 2, 2013                                         05,839            95,63
$99,000, 4.4% Province of Ontario Note due December 2, 2011                                       06,544            00,939
$105,618, 3.626% Province of Ontario Note due December 2, 2009                                    05,586             88,343
Mutual funds - Manulife Bank Investment                                                           00,593            00,593
                                                                                                ,50,374          ,9,988
Investments due within one year                                                                   64,603            60,93
                                                                                              $ ,085,77        $ ,03,065

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Notes to the Financial Statements, continued
                                                                                              __________             Cost
$139,000, 4.9% Canada Housing Trust due December 1, 2013                                      $ 149,676          $ 147,328
$80,000, 3.55% Canada Housing Trust due September 15, 2010                                          81,642            80,825
$98,000, 3.75% Farm Credit Canada due June 15, 2011                                                101,869            99,162
$80,000, 3.5% Farm Credit Canada due October 15, 2010                                               81,771            80,098
$211,000, 3.75% Government of Canada Treasury Bill due September 1, 2011                           220,390           210,939
$99,000, 4.4% Province of Ontario Note due December 2, 2011                                        103,398           100,939
$105,618, 3.626% Province of Ontario Note due December 2, 2009                                     102,344            88,343
$81,000, 4.4% Province of Ontario Note due November 19, 2008                                        82,650            81,333
                                                                                                  923,740            888,967
Investments due within one year                                                                    82,650             81,333
                                                                                              $ 841,090          $ 807,634

                                                       __________________________________________________           2008
                                                                                                  Net                Net
                                                                          Accumulated            Book               Book
                                       ________            Cost           Depreciation           Value
                                                       __________________________________________________           Value
Furniture and fixtures                      20%         $ 0,7          $     75,49        $    45,068        $    56,461
Computer hardware                       3 years             6,095              ,679              4,46              1,834
Computer soware                          100%              9,345              8,566                779                470
Leasehold improvements                  5 years                980                 980                  -                  -
                                                       $ 66,637          $    6,374        $    50,63        $    58,765

                                                       __________________________________________________            2008
                                                                                                  Net                Net
                                                                          Accumulated            Book               Book
                                       ________            Cost           Depreciation           Value
                                                       __________________________________________________           Value
Website                                 5 years        $    5,5        $     6,663        $    34,46        $     13,876

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Notes to the Financial Statements, continued
e CanWest Veterinary Conference is jointly hosted by the Alberta and British Columbia (“BCVMA”) Veterinary Medical Associations. e 2009
conference was hosted by the Association. In 2009 revenues of $400,412, expenses of $378,986 and liabilities to BCVMA of $26,690 were recorded. ere
was no conference during 2008. As a result, no revenues, expenditures, receivables and liabilities relating to the conference have been recorded in the
financial statements as at October 31, 2008.

e Association is committed to aggregate minimum annual rentals in the next five years for office premises and equipment rental as follows:
                                                00                               $ 9,74
                                                0                                    96,0
                                                0                                    98,03
                                                03                                  0,846
                                                04                                    45,46

e Association has committed to annually contribute $1,000 to the Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Symposium to support a
student member of the Association.

e Council approved this budget on September 3, 2008.

e Association defines capital as the sum of unappropriated members’ deficit, internally restricted reserves and investment in capital and intangible
assets. e Association is not subject to external restrictions. Internal restrictions are disclosed in Note 3.
Policies have been established to preserve the financial condition of the Association and financial reports are reviewed regularly by management and the
Council members.

Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the current year’s presentation.

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2009 ABVMA Staff
    Dr. Duane Landals, Registrar / Secretary-Treasurer             Dr. Clay Gellhaus, Deputy Registrar / Complaints Director                               
    Dr. Darrell Dalton, Deputy Registrar                           Mrs. Midge Landals, Manager, Communications & Member Services                              

    Mrs. Brenda Betnar, Receptionist / Administrative Assistant    Mrs. Kathy Mosmann, Executive Assistant, Member Services                               
    Mrs. Margaret Massey, Administrator,                           Ms. Lorinne Shore, Executive Assistant to the Registrar / Hearings Director
                          Member Registration & Corporations
                                                                   Mrs. Karen Visser, Manager, AAAHT
    Mrs. Janeen McPhee, Administrator, PIPS & Radiation Programs
    Ms. Mora Moore, Accounts Administrator

2009 Ex-Officio Members of Council
Mrs. Nichole Boutilier, RAHT                                       Dr. Krista Howden
Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists                 Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Dr. Alastair Cribb                                                 Dr. Lloyd Keddie
University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine              Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Gerald Hauer                                                   Dr. Charles Rhodes
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development                          Western College of Veterinary Medicine

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2009 Legislated Standing Committees of Council
Hearing Tribunal                                       Dr. Robert Coppock      PRACTICE REVIEW BOARD
Chair            Dr. Peter Martin                      Dr. Louis Kwantes       Chair           Dr. Dianna Smith
Vice Chair       Dr. Greg Andrews                      Dr. Jennifer Scott      Vice Chair      Dr. Cary Hashizume
                 Dr. Calvin Booker     Public Member   Mr. Jim Dobie                           Dr. Jarrett Ferrier
                 Dr. Ian Giebelhaus    Public Member   Mr. Lloyd Giebelhaus                    Dr. Caroline Heffernan
                 Dr. Danny Joffe                                                                Dr. Shawn Mattson
                 Dr. Rod McFarlane     PRACTICE INSPECTION &                                   Dr. Tom Picherack
Public Member Ms. Susie Coen           PRACTICE STANDARDS                                      Dr. Wayne Sereda
Public Member Sgt. Peter Kawalilak     Chair           Dr. Greg Parks          Public Member   Ms. Jane Logan
Alternate        Dr. Lloyd Keddie      Vice Chair      Dr. Nick Nation         Council Rep.    Dr. Sylvia Checkley
Alternate        Dr. Jim Lawrence                      Dr. Christina Bredin
Alternate        Dr. Greg McFetridge                   Dr. Nancy Bruyere       REGISTRATION
Alternate        Dr. Dianna Smith                      Dr. Alison Chiswell     Chair           Dr. Jane Mahon
Alternate        Dr. Richard Starke                    Dr. Andrea Falt         Vice Chair      Dr. Jagdeesh Tuli
Hearings Dir.    Ms. Lorinne Shore                     Dr. Kate Kewish                         Dr. Margitta Dziwenka
                                                       Dr. Deb Muirhead                        Dr. Muhammed Ikram
Complaint Review                                       Dr. Kimberly Romanufa                   Dr. Gordon Strick
Chair           Dr. Lisa Lomsnes                       Ms. Smokey Walters      Council Rep.    Dr. Annabelle Denson
Vice Chair      Dr. Phil Buote         Council Rep.    Dr. Jen Willans
                Dr. Stephen Chandler

2009 Non-Legislated Professional Development Committees
ALTERNATE LIVESTOCK AND                ANIMAL WELFARE                                          Dr. Kristi Volk
WILDLIFE                               Chair           Dr. Darren Ludbrook                     Dr. Craig Wilkinson
Chair           Dr. James Marshall     Vice Chair      Dr. Ross Foulston
                                                                               COMPANION ANIMAL
Vice Chair      Dr. Amanda Emery                       Dr. Kirsten Aarbo
                                                                               Chair           Dr. Agnes Tenszen
                Dr. Ernie Miciak                       Dr. omas LeBoldus
                                                                               Vice Chair      Dr. Jacob Adserballe
                Dr. Doug Whiteside                     Dr. Patty Marsh
                                                                                               Dr. Leslie Anne Smith
                Dr. Troy Bourque                       Dr. Lori Skrypnek
                                                                                               Dr. Gerald Burant
                Dr. Nigel Caulkett                     Dr. Charanjit Talwar

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                  Dr. Kent Fruson                      Vice Chair         Dr. Bruce Wine                                         Dr. Jacob Adserballe
                  Dr. Katherine Van Sluys                                 Dr. Alan Bergen                                        Dr. Bonnie Buntain
Council Rep.      Dr. Ken Keeler                                          Dr. Brian Edge                                         Dr. Pat Burrage
                                                                          Dr. Pat Burrage                                        Dr. Jan Bystrom
EQUINE                                                                    Dr. Ron Clarke                                         Dr. Jocelyn Forseille
Chair             Dr. Deb Harrison-Steele                                 Dr. Robert Coppock                                     Dr. David Hall
Vice Chair        Dr. Samantha Crosdale                                   Dr. Egan Brockhoff                                      Dr. Terry D. Hunt
                  Dr. Dave Bell                                           Dr. Tom Inglis                                         Dr. Ken Keeler
                  Dr. Chris Berezowski                                    Dr. Dawn Magrath                                       Dr. Christoph Muelling
                  Dr. Brian Heide                                         Dr. Jan Bystrom                                        Dr. Shelly O’Connor
                  Dr. Mandi Maclean                                                                                              Dr. Greg Parks
Council Rep.      Dr. Bob Ruckman                      VET MED  COMMITTEE                                                      Dr. Jeff Person
                                                       Chair              Dr. Toni Bayans                                        Ms. Elizabeth Zabori
FOOD ANIMAL                                            Vice Chair         Dr. Bob Ruckman                      Council Rep.      Dr. Nick Nation
Chair             Dr. Lynn Tait                                           Dr. Ken Hubbard

2009 Advisory Groups
Historical Advisory Group

Chair             Dr. Duane Landals
                  Dr. Donald MacDonald
                  Dr. Nick Nation

International Veterinary Graduates Advisory Group

(e Foreign Graduate Mentorship Group acts as a mentor to new applicants, provides advice on issues around qualifying for provincial licensure and
establishing themselves as veterinarians in Alberta).

Edmonton          Dr. Chanu Mainali          Pakistan 1994
Calgary           Dr. Sasa Karagiv           Belgrade 1993
Edmonton          Dr. Art Ciegielski         Poland 1986
Edmonton          Dr. Jagdeesh Tuli          Ludhiana 1987

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                                                                                     A Year at a Glance

                                                                                                           January - February 2010

Alberta Veterinary Medical Association

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