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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.

Modernizing the Veterinarians Act

The Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario is pleased to announce the final and complete consultation on the modernization of the Veterinarians Act. The current Act was introduced in 1989 and many of its features are notably outdated and do not best serve the public interest in 2017.

The concept paper, titled “Achieving a Modern Approach to the Regulation of Veterinary Medicine in Ontario," outlines several key changes that the College Council will propose to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. This document represents three years of consultation, research, and discussion with the veterinary community, the public and beyond.

The concepts as proposed can only be strengthened with the thoughtful and meaningful feedback of Ontario citizens. This work is important to the future of managing risks and potential harm in animal care in the province. We urge you to review the material and provide your perspective in the survey available through the link below.

This consultation is now closed.

Download Summary Report on Final Legislative Reform Consultation

Download Achieving a Modern Approach to the Regulation of Veterinary Medicine in Ontario

Read the submission to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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.