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College Council releases 2021 Annual Report

February 09, 2022

In 2021, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario licensed 5,247 veterinarians and accredited 2,405 facilities, according to its annual report. The College's 2021 Annual Report provides a summary of programs and initiatives throughout the past year. 

“While 2021 was a year that tested the College's ability to continue to navigate the pandemic, it was a year that saw progress in important areas. We maintained an effective virtual environment for delivering programs and services, secured new office space for the College, introduced compassion into the College's regulatory work, and articulated our commitment to equity across the organization,” said Dr. Lorie Gold, President of the College.

The Annual Report presents an overview of data across all programs. Of the 5,247 licences issued, 95 percent were general licences. In investigations and hearings, the Complaints Committee reviewed 170 complaints involving 211 veterinarians. The Discipline Committee heard 14 cases involving 10 veterinarians. As well, the College's practice advisory service responded to 1,822 inquiries from veterinarians and the public. 

The Annual Report presents the College’s work in four areas:

  • Strengthening Right-Touch Regulation: The College champions right-touch regulation by applying the right regulatory force to manage risk. In 2021, this included development of a diversity statement, continued commitment to a just culture approach, and seeking opportunities in compassionate regulation.
  • Focusing on Outcomes: The College is committed to demonstrating the impact of regulation on the delivery of safe, quality veterinary medicine. The Annual Report includes an overview of data on all College programs.
  • Supporting Professional Practice: The College has various initiatives to support professionalism including the Peer Advisory Conversation, learning modules, the practice advisory service, and the peer review of medical records. The College launched the Ethics Resource Hub as a collection of online resources.
  • Promoting Collaborative Partnerships and Meaningful Engagement: The College welcomes opportunities to work with its partners in the veterinary industry. In 2021, the College collaborated with partners on its animal welfare agenda, the shortage of veterinarians, and ambitions and tactics from the Future of Veterinary Medicine symposium.

Read the 2021 Annual Report for an overview of the College's strategic priorities, policy developments, program data and financial summaries. The report is available as a digital publication or as a PDF document.

As a 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 Statutory Committees, with membership composed of veterinarians and public members. The College licenses approximately 5,200 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.