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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 - Prescribing

At its September 2016 meeting, Council approved a new draft Professional Practice Standard on Prescribing, which sets out current and existing expectations for prescribing 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.

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Thomas Oster on Dec 19, 2016 11:43

We do not provide "oral" prescriptions. This practice will not... it is below the standards of practice for this practice even if the College feels it is "within standard". Over the last 27 years I have seen too many prescriptions inappropriately filled even with a detailed written scripts to think that written scripts are anything less than negligent medicine.

Anonymous on Jan 28, 2017 05:18

RE: Items 14 and 16 - Why are we required to follow the decision tree cascade by the CVMA when prescribing compounded preparations (not products)? API sources are higher quality than manufactured drug products because the consistency of drug products can vary between 90%-110%. Therefore most compounding pharmacies would use API sources and yet they are least desirable on the cascade. We should not be in violation of the practice standards if we use API sources first. These preparations are often easier to administer to patients and less costly. Has big Pharma help develop these new rules?