The College has launched its process to explore opportunities to modernize and improve the existing Veterinarians Act. The College’s governing authority was enacted by the Ontario government in 1990. The legislation is due for a substantive review which would take into consideration changes to the veterinary profession and also shifts in public expectations.
The Legislative Reform Oversight Advisory Group, appointed by Council, provides leadership and guidance to the project and recommends changes to the Veterinarians Act for consideration and consultation. Three additional working groups are also at work reviewing the current scope of practice; identifying improvements to the screening and remediation functions of the College, and considering legislative language related to mandatory a quality assurance program.
All groups include Council members, senior staff, veterinarians, government representatives, association representatives and representatives from other regulatory bodies.
The review of its governing legislation is one of the most significant and impactful tasks that can be undertaken by a regulatory College. Council is committed to a transparent and open dialogue throughout the legislative review process. The ideas of the public and of veterinarians will be sought to support a robust process.
Council plans to have final recommendations in place for September 2017. While the provincial government ultimately decides on changes to the legislation which govern the College, the College’s objective is to seek changes to the law which enhance regulatory transparency and also support flexibility and accountability.
Dr. Larry Caven, President of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, explains why the College is engaged in a process to modernize and improve the Veterinarians Act.
Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, outlines the process and steps that form the College’s legislative reform initiative.