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Message from the President of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario

September 22, 2016

On behalf of the Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario I acknowledge the concerns that have been presented to the College by the public and by veterinarians related to the recent Discipline order made against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi on July 21, 2016.

Discipline decisions are challenging; the cases are always complex and there are numerous factors to be considered when delivering a decision and a penalty. Those considerations include compliance with the law, including precedents from the courts. Certainly, all possible outcomes are considered during the review of all cases.

The Council, comprised of both veterinarians and public appointees, has confidence in its Committees, panels, senior leadership team and consultants, all of whom act in accordance with the governing legislation, the Veterinarians Act. The College, like the profession itself, takes its role in regulating veterinary medicine in the public interest in Ontario with the utmost seriousness.

The College, Council and staff will carefully consider all comments and feedback received on this difficult subject so as to further strengthen the College’s mission and to allow it to make decisions that are balanced and fair and that serve the public interest.

Dr. Larry Caven, DVM
President, College of Veterinarians of Ontario