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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.

DRAFT Code of Ethics

At its June 2019 meeting, Council approved revisions to the Code of Ethics for public consultation.

The foundation documents of a profession articulate the framework in which professional duties are carried out. These documents include Professional Practice Standards, Regulations, and a Code of Ethics. 

As members of a regulated profession who serve in the public interest, veterinarians earn and maintain the public trust through engagement in principle-guided, ethical practice. Veterinarians hold themselves, their colleagues, and their profession to a high standard of ethical conduct, reflecting the core values and principles of the profession. The College and the public have the reasonable expectation that the care and service provided by veterinarians reflect these values. As societal ethics evolve regarding animals, veterinarians should take a leadership role to assure that such evolution is rational and sustainable.

The College’s Code of Ethics, which was introduced in 2015, is intended to help guide decision-making. The revised version incorporates Council’s most current work on professionalism, competence and ethics.

Download Draft Code of Ethics - December 2019

Download Report on Consultation - Code of Ethics

This consultation is now closed.

Jurisprudence Exam

The College's jurisprudence exam requires applicants to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to apply relevant Ontario legislation and regulations, as well as College standards and guidelines.

2021 Annual Report

The College's 2021 Annual Report presents an overview of the College's work throughout the past year.

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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.