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College of Veterinarians of Ontario elects Executive

November 26, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Day, of Toronto, 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.

“I am honoured to serve as CVO President. The governing Council has serious responsibilities in safeguarding the public and upholding the privilege of self-regulation of the veterinary profession in Ontario,” said Dr. Day.

“I look forward to working with Council as we move through an ambitious agenda in the coming year. In 2015 we will be studying different models for the accreditation and inspection of veterinary facilities, completing our “Growing Forward 2” project which explores antibiotic use in food-producing animals, and embarking on an outreach campaign to connect to the public directly as we continue our efforts to engage with members of the veterinary profession,” said Dr. Day.
Dr. Day graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1994 and has worked in companion animal practice as both an associate and locum veterinarian. She currently owns the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic in Toronto.
“I am proud to be a member of the veterinary profession and I have a deep respect for the College’s mandate to protect the public interest through the regulation of veterinary medicine in Ontario.  The public expects safe, quality, ethical veterinary care and it’s the College’s responsibility to ensure our profession meets those expectations,” said Dr. Day.

At its recent Annual Council meeting, the College welcomed three new Councillors Dr. Sandy Rice, Dr. Patricia Lechten and Dr. Suminder Sawhney who were elected in October.  Council also elected its Executive Committee consisting of Dr. Day, President; Dr. Larry Caven, 1st Vice-President; Dr. Marc Marin, 2nd Vice-President; Dr. Elizabeth Saul, Past President and Mr. Murray Hunt, 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.