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About CVO

Council

The College’s governing Council and its committees meet regularly throughout the year to make decisions concerning the College’s policy work and initiatives which enable it to meeting its mandate of protecting and serving the public interest. Council meetings are open the public.

Self-regulation

Ontario’s veterinarians have the knowledge, skills and judgment to regulate themselves and their profession through the College. Self-regulation for a profession means two things. One, veterinarians are involved in determining the rules that govern the profession (ie. they are elected by their peers to serve as members of Council), and two, veterinarians are accountable for their own behaviour (ie. they are accountable for their conduct). The College provides assistance and oversight.

Regulatory colleges, many of which exist in human health care, were established to protect the public’s right to safe, effective and ethical health care.

The College, led by a Council of 13 veterinarians and five public members appointed by the provincial government, regulates the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario to protect the public interest. That includes:

  • licensing veterinarians
  • performing facility inspections & accrediting veterinary facilities
  • developing and administering quality assurance programs
  • establishing and maintaining professional and ethical standards of practice
  • providing investigations and resolutions process for situations when the standards have not been met

Principles for Good Governance

The Council embraces a principle-based approach to good governance as it strives to demonstrate its trustworthiness to the public, government and the profession. The College’s over-arching goal is a demonstrated and consistent commitment to the public interest which is exemplified in the following principles.

Principle

Demonstrated Behaviours

Integrity

honesty, unbiased decision making, diligence

Transparency

openness, clarity of and public access to processes and decisions

Objectivity

impartiality, fairness, use of best evidence in decision making

Accountability

effectiveness, demonstrated impact of decisions, a focus on continuous improvement

Relevance

mandate focused, context awareness, nimbleness, openness to change, flexibility

Collaborative 

inclusiveness, spirit of cooperation, sensitivity to stakeholder positions and needs

Members of Council

  • Dr. Marc Marin, President
  • Dr. Steven Jacobs, 1st Vice-President
  • Dr. Patricia Lechten, 2nd Vice-President
  • Dr. Larry Caven
  • Dr.  Jennifer Day
  • Dr. Tyrrel de Langley
  • Ms. Diane Freeman
  • Mr. Murray Hunt
  • Mr. Andrew J. Glenny
  • Dr. Patty Lechten
  • Dr. Richard Liddell
  • Dr. Paula Menzies
  • Ms. Claudia Newman
  • Dr. Sandy Rice
  • Dr. Elizabeth Saul
  • Dr. Suminder Sawhney
  • Dr. Sarah Thompson
  • Dr. James Vanhie
  • Dr. Susan Warren