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Prepare for Inspection

All veterinary facilities must meet the College’s accreditation standards. Veterinary facilities are inspected for specific equipment requirements; proper patient records; safe drug storage; a medical reference library; and orderly and sanitary premises. The Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario details the requirements for each category of veterinary facility.

Inspected facilities are granted a Certificate of Accreditation, usually for a five-year period.

Outside of the regular renewal cycle, an inspection is needed for:

  • Change in ownership
  • Relocation
  • Adding/Changes to the facility
  • New practice

To assist you with preparing for your inspection, the College provides inspection forms to ensure you are familiar with the requirements to achieve a Certificate of Accreditation. Reviewing the sample inspections forms is a key step in ensuring success in your inspection.

The requirements of each category are tailored to meet the requirements of the type of practice and the needs of the animals served.

Click on the facility type below to review the sample inspection form.

Companion animal hospital
Companion animal office
Companion animal mobile office
Companion animal mobile
Companion animal emergency clinic
Companion animal spay-neuter clinic
Food-producing animal hospital
Food-producing animal mobile
Equine clinic
Equine mobile
Emergency Equine mobile
Poultry Service
Remote Area Companion animal mobile
Specialty animal hospital – dentistry
Specialty animal hospital – ophthalmology
Specialty animal hospital – companion animal referral hospital

Common facility inspection issues

As part of its facility inspection process, the College monitors the types of deficiencies identified during inspections. This data is used to identify risk areas where veterinarians can direct their attention to ensure adherence to the standards.

Review the most common facility inspection issues

Revision to Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario

  • On September 28, 2017, the College Council removed the requirement for a facility to contain a Compendium of Pharmaceuticals published within the last three years. In its place the requirement is for the facility to contain a human pharmaceutical reference that is relevant to the Canadian context. Suitable resources would include the CPS or any of the following: