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Coronavirus

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario recognizes that pet and animal owners and veterinarians are concerned about the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the well-being of animals and on the delivery of veterinary medicine in Ontario. These are unusual and challenging times as we all work together to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The College is sharing information for members of the veterinary profession and the general public.

Current Update from the College - August 12, 2020

College programs and services

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario places the health and safety of its staff, volunteers, members, and stakeholders at the highest level of importance. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, College programs and services are affected. Please see our current status below. This page is updated regularly. Thank you for your understanding.

College Office: The College remains open for business. While the physical space at 2106 Gordon Street in Guelph remains closed to the public, College staff are returning to the workplace in a manner that maintains public health measures. You may contact College staff by phone or e-mail.

Council and Committee Meetings: The College has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. Council and Committee meetings are being conducted virtually.

Facility Accreditation and Inspections: On-site facility inspections have resumed effective August 1, 2020 and in accordance with the province’s regional approach to reopening businesses and services. Accredited facilities that are due for renewal inspection will be notified and provided with information about the procedure and precautionary measures that will be in place for a safe inspection. New Facility Applications may be considered for a virtual inspection option, subject to approval and conditions. Contact Aneeta Bharij at abharij@cvo.org.

Peer Review of Medical Records (PRMR):

  • This program is suspended until further notice.
  • Practices who have submitted their records package: there will be a delay in receiving your final PRMR report.
  • Practices notified by mail of their selection and who have not submitted their records package: your PRMR is postponed. You will be contacted when the program resumes to submit your records package.

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Emily Ewles at eewles@cvo.org.

Investigations and Resolutions: The College continues to receive complaints about a licensed veterinarian’s practice or conduct. Investigations are taking place but may be delayed in some cases. Every investigation will be conducted with health measures in mind.  If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Rose Robinson at robinson@cvo.org.

Licensure: The Licensure program continues to operate as usual. The CVO Jurisprudence Examination has been suspended at this time. Applicants are required to declare that they have reviewed the Jurisprudence Workbook and related College policies and legislation. These applicants will be required to complete the examination at a later time. Contact Lindsay Sproule at lsproule@cvo.org.

Professional Corporations: Services related to Professional Corporations continue to operate. Professional corporation renewals are operating on the usual schedule.  All corporation managing directors receive their renewal notices by email the month before the renewal is due. Contact Sarah Adams at sadams@cvo.org.

Practice Advisory Service: The College’s Practice Advisory Service continues to be available to answer your questions related to the practice of veterinary medicine. E-mail practiceadvice@cvo.org to contact a Practice Advisor.

General Inquiries: General inquiries can be made to inquiries@cvo.org and the appropriate staff person will get back to you.


2019 Annual Report

The College's 2019 Annual Report discusses the College's priorities and accomplishments throughout the year.