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College elects 2018 Executive

December 13, 2017

Dr. Steven Jacobs, of Guelph, Ontario, is the new president of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the province’s regulatory and licensing body for Ontario’s 4,700 veterinarians.

“I am looking forward to the coming year and serving as Council President as Council undertakes its work in managing the risks involved in delivering safe, quality veterinary medicine in Ontario,” said Dr. Jacobs. “In the coming year, our agenda will include continued work on the new facility accreditation model; a growing focus on professionalism in veterinary medicine; continued attention to antimicrobial resistance and our role in response to this global public health concern. As well, we will continue work on initiatives regarding telemedicine and animal welfare.

Dr. Jacobs graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1979 and has worked in clinical practice, and also in the pharmaceutical and pet food industries. Dr. Jacobs was first elected to Council in 2013.

“I am proud to be a member of the veterinary profession in Ontario and I am committed to the College’s mandate to protect the public interest. The public and the profession put their trust in the College to establish standards which enable the public to access quality veterinary medicine in Ontario,” said Dr. Jacobs.

At its recent Annual Council meeting, the College welcomed three new members of Council. Joining Council are Dr. Peter Borgs, a veterinarian from Guelph with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Dr. Shannah Kavonic, a companion animal veterinarian from Toronto; and, Dr. Lorie Gold, a practice owner and companion animal veterinarian from Oakville. All three were elected in the general election held in October.  Council also elected its Executive Committee consisting of Dr. Jacobs, President; Dr.Patricia Lechten, 1st Vice-President; Dr. Susan Warren, 2nd Vice-President; Dr. Marc Marin, 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 Statutory Committees, with membership composed of veterinarians and the public members.

The College licenses approximately 4,700 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.