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About CVO

Message from the Registrar

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario exists to protect and serve the public interest in the regulation the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario. In efforts to fulfill that mandate, the College is a resource for the public and also for members of the veterinary profession.  

Veterinarians in Ontario are fortunate to have status as a self-regulating profession which gives the profession a voice in assuring standards and determining who is entitled to use the title veterinarian.  In exchange for the privilege of self-regulation, the veterinarians in Ontario ensure that public safety and quality medicine are their top priorities.

The College is dedicated to protecting your right to safe, competent and ethical veterinary care.  In Ontario, veterinarians can be found in traditional roles -- providing services to companion animals in clinics and animal hospitals and travelling throughout rural communities tending to farm animals.  Veterinarians are also working in research, food safety and supporting public health programs as well.  Regardless of the aspect of veterinary medicine being performed, every veterinarian in Ontario must meet the College’s standards for entry into the profession and standards for professional conduct and practice. 

Through this website, the College provides a range of information for the public, licensed members and new applicants concerning the governing Council, the College’s programs and initiatives, as well as policy documents and professional practice standards.

The College welcomes its role and responsibility in protecting the public's right to safe, competent and ethical veterinary care.

Jan Robinson
Registrar & Chief Executive Officer
College of Veterinarians of Ontario