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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.

Licensure applicants have found themselves unable to attempt the CVO Jurisprudence Exam in person due to the extraordinary circumstances posed by COVID-19. As applicants wish to be licensed, begin to practise and to make a livelihood, the College has decided to issue licences to applicants with a temporary exemption from having to successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam.

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 workbook (version 03/2020) and all links contained within the workbook. 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.