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Information for Applicants

Registration Requirements

Please ensure that your application is submitted with the appropriate applicable supporting documents listed below.

The College is not required to retain original or certified copies of transcripts, diplomas, degrees and/or certificates submitted by applicants. Documents submitted by applicants may be returned to you upon written request. 


  1. "Proof" means "Photocopy of", unless otherwise noted. "Certified True Copy" means a document notarized by a person authorized to notarize documents in a Canadian jurisdiction. A lawyer is only able to produce certified copies if he/she is also a notary public. The College will return original or certified copies of documents to the applicant on request.
  2. Documents submitted for registration purposes that are not in English or French must be accompanied by a certified translation. 

Requirements for Educational Licences

Requirement Supporting Documentation

Successful completion of the National Board Examinations and the CVO Local Knowledge Examination is NOT REQUIRED for an Educational Licence.

Confirmation of enrolment in a postgraduate veterinary education program at the Ontario Veterinary College:

The College must receive a letter from the Chair of the Department (or the Chair's delegate) which states:

  • that you are participating in a postgraduate veterinary education program

  • the dates of the program

  • how you will be engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine as required by your program

  • the name of your supervisor (who must be a full time employee of the University of Guelph holding a General or Academic Licence)

Completed and signed application form:
An application and supporting documentation are valid for ONE year once submitted. Applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Registrar retains the right to seek resubmission of any outdated materials. There are no additional charges if an applicant is asked to resubmit part of an application.


Proof of Identity:

A copy of one of the following Government-issued valid photo identification

  • Passport
  • Driver’s licence or enhanced driver’s licence – issued by Ontario
  • Canadian Permanent Resident Card
  • Canadian Citizenship Card with photo
  • Ontario photo card
  • Indian Status Card (issued on or after December 15, 2009)

Evidence of Changing Name: Members of the College must practice veterinary medicine in the same name that listed on his/her basic degree in veterinary medicine -- unless appropriate supporting documentation is submitted.

  • If your current name is different from the name on your basic degree is veterinary medicine, you must provide either a copy of your marriage certificate or legal change of name document or the original or certified true copy of your legal change of name document.

Proof of Canadian Citizenship and/or eligibility to work/study in Canada as per the Immigration Act:
The applicant is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or has received the appropriate authorization to engage in the practise of veterinary medicine in Canada.

  • copy of a Canadian passport, birth certificate, citizenship card (both sides) or proof of permanent residency status

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, a copy of the authorization issued by Immigration Canada which permits you to practise veterinary medicine in Canada.

The applicant has a basic degree from an accredited veterinary school or an acceptable unaccredited veterinary school.

  • original degree or a certified true copy of degree or official transcripts indicating the degree was awarded

A certified translation of the degree must be provided, if it is not in English or French.

English/French Language Proficiency:
All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in either English or French to be eligible for licensure with the College. If the applicant’s primary and secondary education was conducted in English or French, or if the undergraduate veterinary education was conducted in English or French, the applicant is considered to have fulfilled the College’s language proficiency requirement.

If the applicant’s primary and secondary education and undergraduate veterinary education was conducted in a language other than English or French, , the applicant must successfully complete an English or French Language test acceptable to the College.

The language proficiency requirement can be satisfied by submitting evidence of proficiency to the College in one of two ways:

  • objective evidence of proficiency is demonstrated by satisfactory test results taken within the last two years in each area of language competence; OR, if test results have expired,

  • other evidence that he/she is able to communicate in English or French at a level of proficiency that is sufficient for the practise of veterinary medicine

For further information, please review the Registration Committee’s language proficiency policy. 
Note: The CVMA NEB and AVMA ECFVG require candidates to successfully complete an English or French Language Proficiency Test to register for the National Board Exams. As the National Board Exams may take 3-5 years to complete, the College requires applicants to submit results of an English or French Language Proficiency Test that has been taken within two years as proof of proficiency.

Record of Ethical and Competent Practice
An applicant must provide evidence that there has been no finding of, and that there is no current proceeding involving an allegation of, professional misconduct, gross neglect or impairment. The College must be satisfied that the applicant’s past conduct will not put the public at risk.

  • A letter of standing sent directly to the College from all regulatory body/bodies where the applicant has been licensed/registered

  • The letter of standing must include the dates the licence was held, what type of licence was issued, whether or not the licence is active, if it is not active – the reason why the licence is inactive and whether or not any investigation or disciplinary action has been taken against the licence holder.

  • If you are outside of Canada, it is advised that you have the letter of standing completed and sent by the appropriate governing authority to the College before immigrating to Canada.

Participation in a residency or internship is considered to be engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine and requires a letter of standing. Where licensure in that jurisdiction was not required (i.e. limited permit), a letter of standing should be provided from the Dean of the university where the program was completed.
For assistance understanding how a record of ethical and competent practice is determined, review the Applicant Character Assessment Policy Statement.

Good Character and Good Conduct (no record of offence):
An applicant must provide a declaration affirming that there has been no finding of guilt of, and that there is no charge pending involving an allegation of, an offence relevant to the applicant’s suitability to practise veterinary medicine.

The College will review declared criminal and other offences for any relevance to the practise of veterinary medicine.
For assistance understanding how good character is determined, review the Applicant Character Assessment Policy Statement.

Appropriate Licence Fees:

The application fee is payable when you submit your application. The CVO Local Knowledge Exam fee is payable when you take the exam. The licence fee is payable on notification by College that your application has been approved. View the licence fees.