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 practise veterinary medicine, applicants must meet the College’s requirements. There are approximately 4,500 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.
The College ensures only qualified veterinarians are licensed to practise in Ontario. This section will help recent graduates, veterinarians working elsewhere in Canada and internationally educated veterinarians to understand the College's licensing process.
The process to apply for licensure in Ontario depends on where an applicant obtained his/her veterinary education and also whether the applicant is licensed in another province/territory in Canada.
The College provides information on its fees related to application and licensure. Also included for reference are the National Board Examination fees.
All applications for licensure are reviewed by the College 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.
The CVO Jurisprudence Examination requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge of the legislation that governs the veterinary profession in Ontario. This legislation contains Practice Standards, rules about conduct, and expectations for ethical practice.
Applicants who are not satisfied with the Registration Committee’s decision have the option of asking the Committee to review new information or appealing the decision to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board.
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