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Council releases the 2018 Annual Report

February 15, 2019

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario fulfils its mandate by managing the risks involved in the delivery of veterinary medicine in Ontario according to the College’s 2018 Annual Report.

Council’s job as the veterinary regulator is to understand current and emerging risks in veterinary practice and implement strategies to protect the public and their animals from potential harm. The public trusts the College to ensure safety and quality in the veterinary services they seek.

The Annual Report of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario describes College activities in licensure, investigations and resolutions, standards and policy, and quality practice.

The College’s key accomplishments in 2018 include:

  • refreshing the College’s By-laws
  • introducing two new independent advisory panels
  • supporting antimicrobial stewardship
  • establishing standards on the prescribing and dispensing of drugs

In 2018, the College issued 4,878 licences to veterinarians. The College also accredits veterinary facilities to ensure essential standards are met. There are currently 2,344 accredited veterinary facilities in Ontario.

The College inspected 495 of its 2,344 veterinary facilities in 2018. When deficiencies are identified, the facility has 30 days to rectify the situation or request an exemption. The College continually strives to improve compliance with the standards.

The College saw a continued climb in the number of complaints with 236 complaints received involving 245 veterinarians. 153 of those complaints were resolved with no concerns; 70 were resolved by providing the veterinarian involved with advice or required remediation activities, 11 were withdrawn and seven were referred to the Discipline Committee for stronger sanctions. Others remain under consideration.

To review the 2018 Annual Report, visit:

As a regulated profession, the College’s governing Council is comprised of 13 elected veterinarians and five public members, appointed by the provincial government.  Supporting the work of Council are five Statutory and two Standing Committees, with membership composed of veterinarians and public members.