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.
“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
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.