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College of Veterinarians of Ontario revises exam

April 29, 2014

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario is re-engineering its local knowledge exam to ensure new applicants are aware of the rules and regulations surrounding the practice of veterinary medicine in this province.

“The local knowledge examination is high stakes for both the applicant and for the public. The successful completion of this exam means the applicant is able to practise veterinary medicine in Ontario and also demonstrates to the public that the applicant is knowledgeable of the legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines that govern the profession,” said College Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Jan Robinson. “The College is redeveloping the exam to ensure it is current, valid and reliable. The added opportunity is to make use of an online format.”

Council reviewed the exam blueprint at its March meeting. The exam will consist of 100 to 130 multiple choice questions which will be able to be completed in less than three hours. The exam is partially an open-book test and will be offered in a proctored or monitored setting.

Questions will explore core topics applicable to all licensed veterinarians practising in Ontario. Areas of focus include professionalism, scope of practice, information management and professional accountability. Applicants review the College’s legislation, regulations, policies, guidelines and standards to prepare for the exam.

“The exam needed to be brought up-to-date with both its content and its format. This is a substantial project and the College looks forward to introducing the refreshed exam to new applicants in 2015,” said Robinson.

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 4,500 veterinarians and accredits over 2,100 facilities in Ontario.