Veterinarians in Ontario must practise from an accredited veterinary facility.
The College’s Facility Accreditation program ensures veterinary facilities provide a professional environment and contain the essential equipment required for patient care.
There are currently more than 1,500 veterinary practices operating 2,300 facilities (including mobiles) operating in Ontario. All veterinary facilities, including mobile facilities, must meet the College’s accreditation standards. Veterinary facilities are inspected for specific equipment requirements; proper patient records; safe drug storage; a medical reference library; and orderly and sanitary premises.
Ontario’s veterinary facilities are inspected by the College every five years. When facilities meet all requirements, they receive a Certificate of Accreditation. A facility must have achieved accreditation prior to operating and also upon relocation, change in category or a change in ownership.
The Facility Accreditation Emblem is available for use by veterinary facilities which have received a Certificate of Accreditation in Ontario. The emblem may be displayed on the facility’s website, and on your own social media sites. Learn more about the emblem.
Veterinarians must meet the minimum requirements described in the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario. Ontario veterinarians demonstrate a commitment to veterinary health care by meeting the accreditation requirements and supporting the inspection program established by the College.
Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario
Veterinary facilities must meet the requirements contained in the Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario to receive a Certificate of Accreditation. The Minimum Standards are created and revised by the profession to assure the public veterinary facilities contain the essential equipment and resources required for the provision of quality services.
The Accreditation Committee grants exemptions rarely and when it deems that an exemption serves the public interest. On inspection, if any item is found not in compliance, the responsible member is given time to correct the deficiency or to submit a request for an exemption to the Accreditation Committee.