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College finalizes recommendations to modernize the Veterinarians Act

March 15, 2018

At its December 2017 meeting, the College Council approved 19 recommendations for modernizing the Veterinarians Act with amendments based on stakeholder feedback.

Central to these recommendations, in particular the proposed changes to the scope of practice, is the inclusion of the regulation of veterinary technicians within one piece of legislation.

Other key concepts for modernizing the legislation include:

  • Acknowledging that health care activities, such as massage therapy, manual therapy, and others, should be directly accessed by animal owners
  • Increasing public member representation on Council/committees
  • Introducing a more streamlined approach to managing investigations and their resolutions
  • Introducing a mandatory quality assurance program
  • Permitting interim suspensions and emergency investigations to take place swiftly in high risk circumstances
  • Increasing the information on the public register including the posting of notices of a hearing

The 19 proposed recommendations are the culmination of four years of research and public consultation. The entire animal care community - including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal owners, other animal care providers, and the public – contributed to the recommendations.

Click here to read the report, Achieving a Modern Approach to the Regulation of Veterinary Medicine in Ontario.