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CVO elects Executive Committee

December 18, 2018

Dr. Patricia Lechten, of Barrie, Ontario, is the new president of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the province’s regulatory and licensing body for Ontario’s 4,800 veterinarians.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve the public in this role and to work with Council in managing the risks involved in the practice veterinary medicine in Ontario and working to reduce the potential for harm to animals and people,” said Dr. Lechten.

“The Council agenda is always full and interesting. In 2019, Council will focus on continued development of the facility accreditation model and on professionalism in veterinary medicine. Policy work in the coming year includes pain management, after hours care and non-prescription veterinary products,” she added.

Dr. Lechten graduated from the University of Missouri in 1985 and is currently the owner of the Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Barrie. Dr. Lechten was first elected to Council in 2014.

“I am proud to be a veterinarian and welcome the opportunities that are presented through my profession I am committed to the College’s mandate which supports the public’s right to safe, quality veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Lechten.

At its recent Annual Council meeting, the College welcomed four new members of Council as a result of recent elections. Joining Council are Dr. Patricia Alderson, a university veterinarian from Thunder Bay; Dr. Christine Hickman, a veterinarian from Toronto whose practice focuses on in-home end of life care for pets; Dr. Alana Parisi, a companion animal and emergency care veterinarian from Belleville; and, Dr. Wade Wright, a practice owner and companion animal veterinarian from Ottawa.

Council elected its Executive Committee which includes Dr. Lechten, President; Dr. Susan Warren, 1st Vice-President; Dr. Tyrrel de Langley, 2nd Vice-President; Dr. Steven Jacobs, Past President and Ms. Claudia Newman, Public Member.

Appointments were also made to the College’s statutory committees and details can be found on the College’s website at

As a self-regulated profession, the College’s governing Council is comprised of 13 elected veterinarians and five public members, appointed by the provincial government.  Supporting the work of Council are six committees, with membership composed of veterinarians and the public members.

The College licenses approximately 4,800 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.