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Legalization...Now what? Weeding through the myths and getting to the truth about cannabis legalization and veterinary medicine

Start Date:6/19/2018

Start Time:3:00 PM EDT

Duration:75 minutes


With the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada, there are a lot of questions that remain unanswered for the veterinary community. This introductory webinar will cover many of the topics that you told us you wanted to know more about in our recent CommuniVET™ member consultation.

Dr. Sarah Silcox will provide an overview of the legal landscape for veterinarians in Canada, current efforts to learn more about cannabis use in pets, and the potential impact of cannabis on veterinary medicine moving forward.

Dr. Shane Bateman will cover the clinical aspects of cannabis use in pets, including what is currently known about its use, and how to manage cannabis toxicity.

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Sarah Silcox, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

President & Director | Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM)
Owner | Greenwood Veterinary Houes Call Services and Dr. Sarah Silcox Mobile Veterinary Services

Dr. Sarah Silcox is a pioneer in the world of veterinary cannabis, and is one of the founding directors, and the current President of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine. A small animal veterinarian with over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Silcox has been active in both general and emergency practice, founded her region’s first integrative-medicine pet care practice, and is currently operating the area’s first veterinary practice dedicated to palliative and hospice care for pets. A passionate advocate for the veterinary use of cannabis and cannabinoid medicine, she is eagerly anticipating changes in legislation which will allow further studies in this area, and allow fair access to this valuable herbal medicine for animals.

Shane Bateman, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVECC

Associate Professor | Ontario Veterinary College

Shane Bateman graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, in Saskatoon, in 1991.  He worked in rural mixed animal practice prior to completing a small animal internship in 1993-94 and residency in Emergency/Critical Care (E/CC) in 1994-97 at the Ontario Veterinary College. Shane was a clinical track faculty member at The Ohio State University from 1998-2008 developing programs in E/CC and Community Practice, a rotating small animal internship-training program, and Human-Animal Bond programs.  Since returning to Canada in 2009, Shane has been active in a number of animal welfare and human-animal bond projects.  He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Guelph Humane Society and has been a driving force behind the Guelph Cat Population Taskforce initiative.  In addition, Shane is the Regional Co-Director for Community Veterinary Outreach- a charity that provides free preventive veterinary care for pets whose owners are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  He also participates in a number of initiatives that deliver preventive care at low cost to First Nations communities in SW Ontario.  He is passionate about involving veterinary students in all of these activities.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College and practices as an Emergency/Critical Care specialist in the Companion Animal Medical Complex at OVC’s Health Sciences Centre.

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