Position statement on tail docking and ear cropping

February 17th 2016


The OMVQ forbids veterinarians to practice the following surgical procedures for cosmetic reasons or breed-standard purposes and will consider these practices to be in violation of the law:


– tail docking and ear cropping in cats and dogs
– tail docking in cattle
– tail docking in horses


Persons other than veterinarians who perform these surgical procedures in Quebec will be charged with the illegal practice of veterinary medicine and subjected to penalties under the law.


This notice of prohibition will come into effect on January 1, 2017.


For complete notice of prohibition, go to :