Changes to Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials

Health Canada, as of December 1, 2018, is making changes to the dispensing of all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs). From that date onward, products containing antibiotics will require a prescription from a veterinarian, and can only be dispensed by a veterinarian, or licensed pharmacist. Health Canada is making these changes to aid in protecting human health by reducing the factors to the nationwide incidents of drug resistant organisms.

How does this affect horse owners and animal welfare?  Horse owners may have been in the habit of obtaining products containing antibiotics at feed stores or tack shops, rather than through their veterinarian.  They may also have imported products containing antibiotics for their own use from the US, or from online pharmacies in the past.  These options will no longer be available.  Those without a veterinarian, with whom they have a valid client-patient-relationship, will not be able to access products that contain antibiotics without a prescription.  Horse owners in remote areas may have greater difficulty obtaining products containing antibiotics.

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2017 SHF Volunteer Recognition Award presented to Dr. Keith Anstead and Pat Jacobson

The 2017 SHF Volunteer Recognition Award is presented to Dr. Keith Anstead and Pat Jacobson, celebrating their volunteer service to the horse world in Saskatchewan.

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2017 Equine Welfare Award for Young Steward of the Future presented to Norah Ridley

The Awards of Distinction for Equine Welfare is presented by Saskatchewan Horse Federation and Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to recognize excellence in the recipients and serve as a reminder of the importance of providing exceptional care to animals  The 2017 Award for Young Steward of the Future is presented to Norah Ridley of Osler, Saskatchewan.

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Karen Nordin awarded The Canada 150 Community Volunteer Award

Karen Nordin, Coach and Director of the Parkland Therapeutic Riding Association in Yorkton, SK was one of the recipients of the Canada 150 Community Volunteer Award in 2017.

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Dr. Betty Althouse Awarded the Saskatchewan Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service

Dr. Betty Althouse, Chief Veterinary Officer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, was recently one of the recipients of the Premier's Award for Excellence in the Public Service.

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$150,000.00 Will Be Distributed To Under 25 Athletes Across Canada!

Saskatchewan Horse Federation is pleased at this time to announce two new programs being introduced Nationwide, with the mandate to support Equestrian Athletes across the country under the age of 25. The programs are being designed to help identify those who have the potential in becoming Canada’s next High- Performance Athletes.

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