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Jurisprudence Exam

The College's jurisprudence exam requires applicants to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to apply relevant Ontario legislation and regulations, as well as College standards and guidelines.

2016 Annual Report

The College's 2016 Annual Report "Strengthening Our Foundation" discusses the College's priorities and accomplishments throughout the year.

Draft Professional Practice Standard - Dispensing

At its September 2016 meeting, Council approved a new draft Professional Practice Standard on Dispensing, which sets out current and existing expectations for dispensing by veterinarians, for circulation and consultation.

This document is new to the College, and is also attempting to align with the national dialogue on antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary medicine.

The importance of the role of veterinarians in the prescribing and dispensing of pharmaceuticals to animals cannot by overemphasized.  As these are two distinct skill sets, which can also be performed separately, two distinct standards have been prepared highlighting the different accountabilities and responsibilities.

In particular, the use of a specific definition of the term “drug” has been appropriately tied to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA).  It is important to note that this links the definition of a drug to scheduled drugs or those named in regulations and does, by intent, open the discussion on what may or may not, in the future, be defined as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication in animal health.

Download Draft Professional Practice Standard - Dispensing


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Ted Reitsma on Dec 15, 2016 12:14

Putting the DIN number on labels and in records is a huge amount of red tape. No client of veterinarian would ever use this number. We can always access it if ever needed. Please let common sense prevail and not saddle us with this. I also don't really understand why under 'record-keeping' the purchase price is needed for CVO records/purposes.

Bob Wright on Dec 15, 2016 03:27

Under Section 14 - Understands that his or her responsibilities when dispensing drugs outside of an existing VCPR include the responsibilities to: it states "• Maintain a declining balance of refills." this is an unreasonable expectation for drugs other than narcotics or controlled drugs. It appears that this would require a • Maintain a declining balance of refills for all medication in ones inventory.