Community Medicine for People and Pets
WHAT are we? Community Veterinary Outreach (CVO) is a registered charity. Its mandate is to improve the health of homeless and vulnerably housed communities through veterinary care to their pets, and to connect their humans with health and social services.
WHERE are we? CVO clinics are present throughout Canada, including Vancouver, Kelowna, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, and York region. CVO started in 2003 at the Ottawa Mission.
HOW do we help people and their pets? CVO is staffed with veterinary and community volunteers and operates out of partner agency locations. Clients and their pets are referred to programs through case workers operating out of our partnership agencies in the community. Programs include:
- Full service clinics offer preventative care, including an examination, vaccinations, treatment for parasites, implantation with permanent identification (microchip), and owners receive education and advice on nutrition, dental care, and behaviour.
- Pet Fairs that include pet health education, pet dental education and supplies, grooming and nail trims, and access to pet food and supplies.
One Health Services
One Health is the collaborative relationship between human and animal health and the social and physical environment. All clinics and pet fairs have social and various health services embedded within them, depending on the partnerships in the region. These services include smoking reduction and cessation, primary health care including flu vaccination, dental care access, harm reduction (naloxone kits, safe injection supplies), and healthy living/ exercise advice.’
“We help to maintain a strong and healthy human-animal bond for those to whom that bond may be the most significant relationship in their life.”
Become a Volunteer
Community Veterinary Outreach is a servant leadership-based organization. Our role is to help support and encourage our volunteers to achieve their individual goals for this experience.
What We Do
We offer preventive veterinary care, resources and education alongside human health services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and housing vulnerability
Our work is made possible by virtue of generous donations from people like you.
Since 2012, we have cared for
2012 – 2020
2012 – 2020
The staff at Community Veterinary Outreach within a 100% I would rate it 150% they are so kind and so loving just awesome
This place gives motivation and makes you think more positive about yourself because it makes you think more positive you are going to take care of animals, you transfer your energy
I have been coming all the time [to CVO] when I have problems, they are there to help you out, it is a place to go, if you need help they are there