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Jurisprudence Exam Information

Applicants seeking a General, Restricted, Academic and Post-graduate and Resident Licence in Ontario are required to successfully complete the Jurisprudence Examination. In conjunction with other licensing requirements, the Jurisprudence Examination is used by the College to verify the readiness of applicants to practice veterinary medicine, in a safe and professional manner, in Ontario by evaluating their ability to apply the Ontario legislative framework governing veterinarians (including legislation, regulations, practice standards, policy statements and position statements).

The Jurisprudence Examination provides assurance that applicants at point of entry have a sound level of understanding of the legislative framework that is in place to reduce the risks that exist in veterinary practice and the privileges, responsibilities and obligations associated with licensure and public protection.

Jurisprudence Exam Update – January 2022

The CVO Jurisprudence Exam is currently unavailable to be written. The College has updated the exam and the exam will be available to applicants in February 2022. The College has prepared a CVO Jurisprudence Exam Candidate Resource Guide (version 02/2022) to assist applicants with preparing to take the exam. Obtaining a temporary exemption from having to successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam.

Until the exam is available the College will continue to issue licences to applicants with a temporary exemption from having to successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam.

Obtaining a temporary exemption from having to successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam:

Prior to a licence being issued, you must provide a declaration confirming that you have read and reviewed the CVO Jurisprudence Exam Candidate Resource Guide (version 02/2022). This temporary measure is a safeguard that will ensure that applicants have an appropriate understanding of their professional obligations in day-to-day practice. 

A condition will be placed on your licence that requires you to successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam in accordance with the College’s policies on exam completion within a reasonable time frame set by the Registrar. If you do not successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam within the time frame set out by the Registrar, then your licence will expire. 

Jurisprudence Exam

The College's jurisprudence exam requires applicants to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to apply relevant Ontario legislation and regulations, as well as College standards and guidelines.