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Legislative Reform: Modernizing the oversight of the veterinary profession

The College, in collaboration with its partners, is steadfast in its efforts to strengthen public protection through its strategic objective to modernize the oversight of the veterinary profession in Ontario.

The College launched a process to modernize the oversight of the veterinary profession in 2014 in Ontario. The Veterinarians Act. , enacted by the Ontario government in 1990, is due for a substantive review which would take into consideration changes to the veterinary profession and shifts in public expectations. Recommendations were provided to government in 2018 (link)

Since 2019, Council has approved regulatory language related to registration, accreditation, delegation, quality assurance, professional misconduct, advertising, and medical records. The College recognizes the challenges posed by the current legislation for veterinarians and the public. In 2018, the Council proposed legislative changes aimed to:

  • Improve public access to veterinary services

  • Enable veterinarians to fully delegate veterinary tasks to other trained and capable paraprofessionals

  • Improve the public’s access low-risk animal care services

  • Adjust requirements related to medical records that result in unnecessary burdens on veterinarians

  • Address outdated accountability and oversight mechanisms that cause the public to question the College’s authority, transparency

The College, the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) support amending the Veterinarians Act as the most efficient way to modernize the regulation of veterinary medicine in Ontario. Based on direction from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the College has currently shifted its focus to regulatory amendments.

A review of its governing legislation is one of the most significant and impactful tasks that can be undertaken by a regulatory College. It’s important and necessary work. The College is committed to ensuring licensed members and the public are and remain engaged in the process.

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Dr. Larry Caven, 2016 President of the College, explains why the College is seeking to modernize the Veterinarians Act.

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Jan Robinson, Registrar and CEO of the College, outlines the College’s legislative reform initiative.

2020 Annual Report

The College's 2020 Annual Report presents an overview of the College's work throughout the past year.