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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 is now offering two options to fulfill the licensing requirement to successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Exam.

Option 1: 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. 

Option 2: Online Proctoring Option (available as of March 29, 2021)

To mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the administration of the CVO Jurisprudence Exam, the exam will now be offered through an online exam delivery and virtual proctoring. This will allow candidates to sit the examination from a personal home computer or laptop, rather than in-person at a testing centre location. 

The College has created two documents to support applicants in successfully completing the exam. Applicants should read and review these documents in preparation for the exam.

  1. The Jurisprudence Examination Workbook provides an overview of applicable legislation, regulations, College standards, guidelines and policies. The workbook also provides links to reference materials at the end of each chapter that candidates are expected to review.
  2. This Jurisprudence Examination Candidate Instruction Guide contains information about applying to sit the exam, format, blueprint, scoring and policies.

General Exam Quick Facts:

  • The fee to write the exam is $175 + HST. The exam fee is applicable to every attempt.
  • The duration of the exam is a maximum of three hours.
  • Candidates are responsible for scheduling the date and location of the exam after receiving notification from the College that they are eligible to take the exam.
  • Candidates may attempt the exam a maximum of two times before remediation is required.

How to Take the Examination

Step 1: Candidates must submit the following to become eligible to take the Jurisprudence Exam:

  • Completed application for licensure form

  • Proof of identity
  • Completed exam confidentiality agreement
  • Licence Application fee
  • CVO Jurisprudence Exam fee

Step 2: Receive email from College confirming eligibility to schedule and take Jurisprudence Exam.

Step 3: Review Jurisprudence Exam materials.

Step 4: Schedule the Jurisprudence Examination.

Step 5: Take the Jurisprudence Examination.

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.