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College releases position on animal welfare

November 11, 2015

The College’s new position statement on animal welfare acknowledges the Council’s responsibility to debate, consider and offer its perspective when matters involving animal welfare and the practice of veterinary medicine are brought to the attention of the College.

“As veterinarians, we take an oath which expresses our commitment to animal health and wellbeing. Although the College serves the public in its mandate, it also recognizes veterinarians’ commitment to promote animal health and welfare and relieve animal suffering,” said Dr. Jennifer Day, President of the College.

The College’s new position statement, which was approved by Council at its October meeting, enables the public to understand Council’s position related to animal welfare in general.

“It’s only natural that the public has strong feelings on matters which concern animal welfare. When these issues involve veterinary services, the public looks to the College for a response,” said Jan Robinson, College Registrar and Chief Executive Officer. “The new position statement establishes the parameters of the Council’s responsibility to the profession and the public on topics impacting the quality of life of animals.”

When a matter involving animal welfare comes to the College, Council considers how its role in the licensure, accreditation, quality assurance and/or complaints management of veterinarians could contribute to a positive outcome for animal health and wellbeing.

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.

Read the new Position Statement on Animal Welfare at: