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College launches consultation

July 21, 2017

The Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario is inviting input on a proposal to bring a modern approach to the regulation of veterinary medicine in Ontario.

“Council is both excited and proud to open the public consultation on this tremendous project,” said College President Dr. Marc Marin. “The existing Veterinarians Act has become a barrier to good and sound regulatory practices. The public expects transparency in our processes and also to have choice in some animal health care activities. The proposed changes address the areas where the current aging legislation falls short. We look forward to hearing what the public and the profession think of the proposals.”

The draft proposal “Achieving a Modern Approach to the Regulation of Veterinary Medicine in Ontario” is now open for consultation. The document provides an in-depth review of each of 19 proposed concepts. The consultation is open until October 20, 2017.

“Central to the proposal is the recognition that animal care in Ontario is delivered by a team which includes veterinarians and veterinary technicians, supported by assistants and clinic staff, and may also include others who provide health services to animals,” said Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer at the College.

Key concepts recommended for change include:

  • Redefining the scope of practice of veterinary medicine to ensure high risk activities are provided safely
  • Acknowledging the value in animal owners’ direct access to health care activities such as massage therapy and manual therapy
  • Increasing the information on the College’s Public Register
  • Introducing a mandatory quality assurance program for veterinarians

“This report is the culmination of four years of work and research by Council and the working groups focused on three main areas – scope of practice, quality practice, and investigations and resolutions. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal owners have been contributing their perspectives throughout the process – that continued input is greatly appreciated,” said Robinson.

The draft report “Achieving a Modern Approach to the Regulation of Veterinary Medicine in Ontario” is available for download on the College’s website at A survey tool is also available to assist the public in providing input on the concepts.

The College supports quality and safety in the delivery of veterinary medicine in Ontario.  The College licenses approximately 4,600 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.