Veterinary Drugs Directorate

Located in Ottawa, the Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) is part of the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada. To protect human and animal health and the safety of Canada's food supply, the Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD) evaluates and monitors the safety, quality and effectiveness, sets standards, and promotes the prudent use of veterinary drugs administered to food-producing and companion animals.

The Directorate is working to enhance the efficiency of operations and to streamline the review of veterinary drug submissions and experimental studies certificates. At the same time, we are making advancements in the areas of information management and processing, policy development, communications with Canadians and working in partnership with stakeholders, to address the issue of global harmonization.

The Directorate is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of people with skills and experience specific to their job functions. These include program staff with backgrounds in veterinary medicine, biology, microbiology, toxicology, pharmacology, epidemiology, parasitology, animal sciences, aquaculture, environmental health safety and chemistry, IT/knowledge management, strategic planning, communications, policy, finance and administration.

Offices and Divisions

The Directorate is comprised of six divisions:

  • Director General's Office
  • Human Safety Division
  • Manufacturing and Chemical Evaluation Division
  • Clinical Evaluation Division
  • Submission and Knowledge Management Division
  • Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Relations Division

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