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About CVO


The College protects your right to safe, competent and ethical veterinary care.

The College protects and serves the public interest through the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine. Accordingly, veterinarians are licensed, facilities are accredited, standards and policies are developed and maintained, and an investigations and resolutions process is available. The College licenses approximately 4,500 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 veterinary facilities in Ontario.

The role and authority of the College is set out in the Veterinarians Act and regulations are made under this legislation.

The veterinary profession in Ontario has been regulated since 1874 and is financed primarily by the licence fees of veterinarians in Ontario.