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College adopts new strategic plan

April 03, 2017

A focus on professionalism, on legislative reform, on public health and on veterinary technology will guide the work of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario for the next three years, according to its new strategic plan.

“Council, as well as College staff, have been contributing to the College’s new strategic framework over the past year and we are really looking forward to getting to work on the priorities. Strategy 2020 includes five key strategic objectives as well as new vision and mission statements which reflect the College’s mandate,” said Dr. Marc Marin, president of the College.

Strategy 2020 presents revised mission and vision statements. The mission statement states, “Governing the practice of veterinary medicine” and the vision reads “Instilling public confidence in veterinary regulation.”

“Both the mission and vision are concise and accurately reflect the work, mandate and objectives of the College. As well, the objectives highlight areas that are relevant and timely in the regulation of veterinary medicine in Ontario,” said Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Office at the College.

The strategic objectives in Strategy 2020 include:

  • Advance public voice in regulatory policy
  • Promote professionalism and self-regulation in the practice of veterinary medicine
  • Achieve commitment to the Legislative Reform of the Veterinarians Act
  • Ensure agility in public access to veterinary medicine
  • Champion One Health initiatives through veterinary leadership

“Legislative reform remains at the forefront of our projects in 2017 including extensive consultation and preparation of recommendations which will be forwarded to the provincial government. As well, work continues on the Growing Forward 2 project facilitating dialogue with food animal medicine practitioners on stewardship and the use of antimicrobials. In other areas, Council looks forward to progress on the updated facility accreditation model, and also introducing resources to support professionalism in the veterinary profession in Ontario,” said Dr. Marin.

For more information and to read Strategy 2020 as well as tactics for the first year of implementation, please visit

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 4,600 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.