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Practising Veterinary Medicine in Ontario

Career Map

For complete information on practising veterinary medicine in Ontario, please review the Career Map, a resource developed in partnership between the College and the Government of Ontario. The career map provides an overview of the labour market, industry trends, examinations, language requirements, licensing fees and the registration process.

Global Experience Ontario

Global Experience Ontario can help internationally educated individuals find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario. This resource offers a range of services for internationally educated individuals who intend to apply to a regulatory body to obtain licensure to work in their field. GEO staff are available to explain the process for licensing and registration in Ontario. English and French services are available in person, by telephone and online. Staff at the GEO centre also respond to information requests from prospective newcomers.

Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program - VSTEP (closed)

The College's bridging program — the Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP) has closed. The VSTEP program strived for many years to enroll a sufficient amount of Ontario applicants into the program, and to self-sustain without additional government funding. The program was deemed not to be meeting the needs of enough internationally educated veterinarians in Ontario. In order to better understand the supports that internationally educated veterinarians need to transition into practice in Ontario, the College received funding from the Ontario government to conduct a research project. The final report from the research project was presented to Council and a review of the report’s recommendations is now underway. 

Additional Links

Ontario Regulators for Access Consortium (ORAC)

Government of Ontario Immigration

Global Experience Ontario
163 Queen Street East, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 1S1
T: 416-327-9694 or T: 1-866-670-4094
TTY: 416-327-9710 or 1-866-388-2262
F: 416-327-9711

Government of Canada - Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada

Head Office: 365 Laurier Ave. W, Office 3122
Ottawa, ON, K1A 1L1
IRCC offices in Ontario
T: 1-888-242-2100
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Web form

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

110 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 200
Toronto ON M4R 1A3
T: 416-322-4950
F: 416-322-8084

Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment Ontario

T: 416-326-5656
T: 1-800-387-5656

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.

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Ask a Practice Advisor

The College's practice advisors provide information on the regulations, policy and expectations associated with the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario.