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College elects Executive Committee

December 03, 2015

Dr. Larry Caven, of Pakenham, Ontario, is the new president of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the province’s regulatory and licensing body for Ontario’s 4,400 veterinarians.

“We have an exciting year ahead as we move through the final year of our current strategic plan and refresh our objectives for the future.  The College Council has the responsibility of upholding the privilege of self-regulation of the veterinary profession in Ontario.  The public interest is at the core of all our efforts,” said Dr. Caven.

“I look forward to working with Council on an ambitious agenda in the coming year. In 2016, among several initiatives, we will be establishing a new model for facility accreditation, setting new standards on prescribing and dispensing pharmaceuticals, sharing a new Peer Advisory Program and continuing progress in reforming the Veterinarians Act,” said Dr. Caven.

Dr. Caven graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1979 and has worked in mixed animal practice. He operates Mississippi Veterinary Services with his wife Dr. Nancy Caven.

“I am proud to be a member of the veterinary profession and I am committed to the College’s mandate to protect the public interest through the regulation of veterinary medicine in Ontario. The public and the profession expect the College’s initiatives to support professionalism, and quality and safety in the delivery of veterinary care,” said Dr. Caven.

At its recent Annual Council meeting, the College welcomed one new Councillor, Dr. Karen Cullen, and one returning Councillor, Dr. Susan Warren, who were both elected by acclamation in October.  Council also elected its Executive Committee consisting of Dr. Caven, President; Dr. Marc Marin, 1st Vice-President; Dr. Steven Jacobs, 2nd Vice-President; Dr. Jennifer Day, 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 as well as five public members who are 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 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 2,100 facilities in Ontario.