Community Involvement + Associations
Our team at Amherst constantly works to improve their knowledge and skills as a veterinarian. This requires our staff to be actively engaged with the industry. Our associations provide education and resources on industry news, medical advances, technology, and even on new procedures. Amherst Veterinary Hospital is a proud member of the following associations:
College of Veterinarians of British Columbia
The College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) is the statutory body created to serve the interests of the public and animals through the regulation and advancement of the veterinary profession in B.C. The CVBC’s mandate is to create, promote and enforce a high standard of qualification, conduct and competence by practitioners of veterinary medicine.
The Animal Health Technologist
An AHT is a college graduate who has trained to be a paraprofessional in the field of veterinary medicine. This individual works under the supervision of a veterinarian in many types of work settings, such as private practice, research, wildlife facilities, zoos, veterinary laboratories, government-regulated health of animals, feedlots as well as some areas related to human health.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national voice for the veterinary profession dedicated to serving and representing the veterinarians of Canada. The Association is committed to excellence within the profession and to the well-being of animals. It promotes public awareness of the contribution of animals and veterinarians to society.
University of Saskatchewan
The University of Saskatchewan recently approved the name change of the WCVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital to the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC). The WCVM VMC is now internationally recognized for its state-of-the-art clinical practice, its cutting-edge clinical research and its extensive service and community engagement.
Veterinarians Without Borders
Works to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us—improving goat production and empowering AIDS/HIV affected families in Uganda, managing free-roaming dogs in Chile and Guatemala and enhancing community awareness of animal health care in Laos. Our work promotes long term sustainability and community independence and works toward a global solution to better health and livelihoods for the world’s poorest people.
We take pride in our community and are happy to get involved. We accept volunteers on a regular basis with an emphasis on those pursuing a career in the veterinary field. We mentor students considering veterinary careers through the Vancouver School Board. We sponsor Dunbar Little League on a yearly basis and other sport teams or events in the surrounding schools. Our team also makes various community donations to specific fund raisers or organizations such as the Vancouver Symphony and Youth Education Farms. We proudly support the following local organizations:
SAINTS is an end-of-life sanctuary for senior and special needs animals that have nowhere else to go. They provide a special place to be loved, cherished, and receive proper medical care for the rest of their days. All animals deserve to have hope for a better tomorrow.
Rescue a Boxer
Rescue a Boxer works diligently to find loving homes for Boxer dogs in need of a second start. Since 2004 we have rescued and placed hundreds of amazing Boxer dogs. We could not do this without your support. RAB is an organization of volunteers who are dedicated to finding loving forever homes for homeless Boxers and promoting responsible pet ownership.
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a no-kill, non-profit, registered charity dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. We also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia.