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As part of its mandate to protect and serve the public interest, the College ensures only qualified veterinarians are licensed to practise in Ontario. To obtain a licence to practice veterinary medicine, applicants must meet the College’s requirements. There are approximately 4,800 veterinarians licensed in Ontario.

This section of the website is designed to help recent graduates, veterinarians working elsewhere and internationally educated veterinarians to understand the College and its licensing process.

Licensure Application Information

All applications for licensure are reviewed by the College’s Registrar. If an application meets all of the requirements for a particular licence, the application is approved and the applicant will become a licensed member. Standard processing time for a complete application meeting all requirements is five business days.

An application form and supporting documentation are valid for one year once submitted. The Registrar reserves the right to request updated documentation on a case-by-case basis.

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.