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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 Professional Practice Standard - Dispensing

At its September 2016 meeting, Council approved a new draft Professional Practice Standard on Dispensing, which sets out current and existing expectations for dispensing by veterinarians, for circulation and consultation.

This document is new to the College, and is also attempting to align with the national dialogue on antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary medicine.

The importance of the role of veterinarians in the prescribing and dispensing of pharmaceuticals to animals cannot by overemphasized.  As these are two distinct skill sets, which can also be performed separately, two distinct standards have been prepared highlighting the different accountabilities and responsibilities.

In particular, the use of a specific definition of the term “drug” has been appropriately tied to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA).  It is important to note that this links the definition of a drug to scheduled drugs or those named in regulations and does, by intent, open the discussion on what may or may not, in the future, be defined as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication in animal health.

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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.