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College Council establishes advisory group focused on innovation

June 22, 2017

The Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario is seeking expertise to stay abreast of technology's impact on veterinary medicine.

"As in human medicine, veterinary medicine is also evolving with innovation and rapidly changing technology. As the regulatory body, College Council needs to stay informed of advances in the practice of veterinary medicine, said Dr. Marc Marin, president of the College. Council looks forward to establishing a new innovation and technology advisory group and receiving regular updates on emerging innovations and the impact on access to care."

The College's current strategic plan includes a focus on ensuring agility in public access to veterinary medicine in Ontario. In related work, the Council recently revised its practice standard on telemedicine which permits the establishment of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship via telemedicine.

"Technology, of course, presents a significant number of opportunities to a veterinary practice. We want to ensure standards of practice and regulation do not unnecessarily impede innovative measures which can benefit animals and the public," said Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer at the College.

The Council approved the terms of reference for establishing an advisory group at its June meeting. The group is intended to include expert advisors, veterinary regulators from international jurisdictions, as well as a member of Council, a Canadian veterinary registrar and a representative of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association.

The College supports quality and safety in the delivery of veterinary medicine in Ontario. The College licenses approximately 4,600 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.