EDMONTON, March 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Members of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) were happy to receive greetings from Minister Christina Gray, Minister of Labour, at the Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2016.
In her address, Minister Gray brought greetings from Premier Rachel Notley and all government members and assured ABVMA members that the mandate and work of the new Ministry of Labour has not changed.
Minister Gray acknowledged the important work that the ABVMA undertakes for the Ministry of Labour in regulating the practice of veterinary medicine in Alberta. She noted the Government of Alberta and all professional regulatory organizations have a long history of collaborative and meaningful relationships and this government is committed to engage thoughtfully with the ABVMA as a partner and be responsive to any issue.
Officials in the Ministry of Labour have been working hard with the ABVMA on making amendments to the Veterinary Profession Act (VPA) that will engage registered veterinary technologists fully in the governance of the ABVMA. The proposed changes will provide greater protection for animal owners by ensuring the highest standards are followed by both technologists and veterinarians and providing a process for accountability for all members. Albertans can be confident their animals are receiving the best care possible. Previously proposed amendments regarding registration of veterinary para-professionals will not move forward.
Minister Gray noted that the department will be working with the ABVMA to further the proposed amendments to the VPA.
SOURCE Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
For further information: Dr. Phil Buote, Deputy Registrar, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, 780-489-5007