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Licensure Policies

Licensure Policies

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For more information about the College’s policies please review the individual policy documents below. These policies can be found within the College’s Licensure Policies document.

  • Restricted Licensure
  • Documentation Considerations:
    • Transcripts as evidence of degree
    • English/French language proficiency
    • Document translation
  • Difficulty obtaining required documents
  • AVMA-COE Accredited School Graduand Exemption
  • Licensure with supervision condition (imposed by the Registration Committee)
  • Supervision of non-OVC AVMA-COE accredited veterinary students
  • Emeritus
  • Short-term licence

Determining Applicant Suitability to Practise

The College’s Determining Applicant Suitability to Practise explains how the College assesses information about an applicant’s suitability to practise; and identifies the criteria that the College uses when conducting such an assessment.

Licensure in Emergency Situations

Under the Licensure of Veterinarians in Emergency Situations Policy Statement, the Registrar is authorized to carry out the following actions pertaining to application for licensure made in response to a declared emergency:

  1. to issue and, where necessary, renew a short-term licence to veterinarians who are directed by a federal or provincial government body to perform specific veterinary services solely for the short-term, special purpose of dealing with the specified emergency situation.
  2. to waive application and licensure fees;
  3. to accept, as the nature of the emergency warrants, the Chief Veterinarian of Ontario or of Canada as the supervising veterinarian of short-term licensees, waiving the requirement for an undertaking to be signed by both parties;
  4. to waive the documentation requirement to have letters of standing sent from other jurisdictions, instead confirming that the applicant holds active licensure in good standing through direct communication with the regulator of the originating jurisdiction.

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.