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Information for the Public

The College protects your right to safe, competent and ethical veterinary care. When you require the services of a veterinarian, you can expect to receive safe, quality care from a highly-trained licensed professional.

Council Overview

The Council is the governing body of the veterinary profession in Ontario, and its composition and powers are proclaimed in the Veterinarians Act. With this mandate, Council’s primary focus is on its core mandate of protecting the public interest by way of licensure, accreditation, standard setting, investigations, hearings and quality assurance programs.

Further, Council’s stewardship role includes setting strategic directions, making policy decisions, monitoring itself and the organization and ensuring the financial soundness of the College. To fulfill its broad mandate, Council members use their knowledge and understanding of the profession to make all of its decisions in the public interest.

The Council consists of 13 veterinarians and up to five members appointed by the provincial government.

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The College's practice advisors provide information on the regulations, policy and expectations associated with the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario.