Applying for a Certificate of Authorization
The application process may take up to three business weeks. However, the Certificate of Authorization will be dated and will take effect from the date that the College received the fully completed application, including all required documentation.
Please note that the rules governing professional corporation names are strictly enforced. The College will not issue a Certificate of Authorization if the name of the professional corporation does not follow the format set out in the application instructions.
Licensed members are strongly encouraged to review all instructions before filing for incorporation.
Renewing a Certificate of Authorization
Certificates of Authorization are valid for three years. Responsibility for initiating the renewal of a professional corporation’s Certificate of Authorization rests with the Managing Director. However, the College will issue courtesy email reminders. Please ensure that the professional corporation information on file with the College is kept up-to-date to avoid missing important reminders and updates.
Important Note: A professional corporation is a separate entity from an accredited practice and has its own record with the College. Address updates for your practice record will not automatically update the professional corporation record. Please ensure that the professional corporation department is informed directly of all professional corporation information changes.
The College By-Laws direct the Registrar to suspend the Certificate of Authorization of any professional corporation that fails to renew on or before the end of its certificate’s term.
If a professional corporation does not apply for renewal and\or fails to comply with one or more of the listed requirements, including payment of the renewal fee, the Certificate of Authorization will be suspended and the professional corporation will no longer be authorized to practice veterinary medicine. The College will also impose an administrative fee of $56.50 (HST inclusive) that will need to be paid in full, along with the original renewal fee, before the suspension can be lifted.
If the cause for suspension is not remedied within one year, the Certificate of Authorization for the professional corporation will be revoked. Upon revocation, the professional corporation loses its authorization to practice veterinary medicine and its ancillaries. Further, the Registrar may be permitted to cancel the associated member’s licence to practice for non-payment of any fee or for failure to file a return required under College By-Laws.