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College seeking input on proposed scope of practice model

April 28, 2017

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario is seeking your input in the proposed scope of practice model for the delivery of veterinary medicine in Ontario.

“The Council is really excited about the proposed model and its potential for modernizing the delivery of veterinary medicine in Ontario. This proposed model is a key part of the College’s broader legislative reform initiatives,” said Dr. Marc Marin, president of the College. “The College is also pleased to be working with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians on this initiative and looks forward to the feedback received through the consultation.”

The proposed scope of practice model explains what veterinary medicine includes, what specific risk activities are and who can do them and how to present this to the public.  The model acknowledges that the delivery of veterinary medicine to animals and clients in Ontario is a shared responsibility for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The key features of the proposed scope of practice model include a new definition of veterinary medicine; a list of authorized activities; title protection for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians; a list of exemptions; and a risk of harm clause.

“Historically, veterinary medicine has been a profession with an exclusive scope of practice. No one other than a veterinarian can perform health care activities on animals unless under delegation and supervision. Today, the public expects to have direct access to certain services for their animals, such as massage therapy and rehabilitation. This is just one area that is addressed in the proposed model,” said Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Office at the College.

Complete details on the proposed scope of practice model are available on the College’s website at The consultation is open until May 12, 2017.

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 4,600 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.