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CVO launches consultations on ambitious legislative reform initiative

May 31, 2016

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario welcomes your input on initial legislative reform concepts. At a recent meeting, Council approved three concepts for early consultation with the profession and the public.

"It's an exciting part of Council's legislative reform direction to begin sharing the proposed ideas with the public and the veterinary profession. The College is really looking forward to hearing what people think of the proposals," said Dr. Larry Caven, College President.

The items currently open for consultation include:

  • Adoption of a single screening process for all concerns, complaints and reports that are brought to the College’s attention.
  • Establishment of a mandatory Quality Assurance program in the Veterinarians Act.
  • Expansion of the items included on the College’s Public Register.

"These proposed concepts touch on some of the key reasons for the legislative reform project. Input gathered at this stage will be reviewed and will prove to be valuable in shaping the recommendations that the College Council presents to the provincial government," said Robinson.

In its efforts to initiate legislative reform, the College Council established an Oversight Advisory Group which includes representatives from the College, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. Working groups, including veterinarians currently in practise, have also been established and focus on veterinary scope of practice, investigations and resolutions and quality practice.

To read more about the proposed concepts and to share your thoughts, please visit the College website at

The Veterinarians Act was enacted in the late 1980s. The profession, public expectations and self-regulation have all evolved significantly over the past 25 years. The legislation is due for a substantive review which would take into consideration changes to the veterinary profession and also shifts in public expectations.

"The provincial government will ultimately decide on changes to the legislation which governs the College. However, the Council's leadership objective is to seek changes to the law which enhance regulatory transparency and support flexibility and efficiency," said Dr. Caven.

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 4,400 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.