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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.

Reports from Community Reference Panels

In 2018, College Council established two panels to assist Council by providing input and perspective from the general public and the veterinary profession. After the first three-year-term, the panels were re-established as community reference panels.

Public Community Reference Panel:

The Public Commuinty Reference Panel meets three times a year and offers input to Council on policy matters, College communications and trends in animals, animal care from the public perspective.

The panel includes representation from the following sectors: companion animal, equine, food-producing animal, pharmaceutical industry, public health and food processing.

The members of the Public Community Reference Panel serve a three-year term.

Public Community Reference Panel - Speaking Frankly 2022

May: A report on the Public Community Reference Panel meeting which was held in May 2022. Topics discussed included collaborative care, after hours care and strategic planning.

February: A report on the Public Community Reference Panel meeting which was held in February 2022. Topics discussed included the veterinarian-client-patient relationship, spectrum of care, and trends or issues for consideration.

September 2021 - Speaking Frankly

Speaking Frankly: September 2021

A report on the first meeting of the newly established Public Community Reference Panel was held in September 2021. Topics discussed included telemedicine, caveat emptor/buyer beware, and trends or issues for consideration.

Public Advisory Panel - Speaking Frankly 2021

Speaking Frankly: February 2021

A report of the panel's meeting from February 2021. Discussion focused on the 2020 Annual Report, work on diversity, equity and inclusion, and future trends.

Public Advisory Panel - Speaking Frankly 2020

Speaking Frankly: October 2020

A report of the panel's meeting from October 2020. Discussion focused on the use of non-conventional therapies in the practice of veterinary medicine, caveat emptor, and the pros and cons of being a panel member.

Speaking Frankly: March 2020

A report of the panel's meeting from March 2020. Discussion focused on the College website, what the public wants to know about cannabis and animal care, modernization of the Veterinarians Act and trends to consider.

Veterinary Practice Community Reference Panel:

The Veterinary Practice Community Reference Panel meets at least three times a year and provides advice and feedback to Council on policy matters, engagement with the veterinary community, and trends in practice.

The panel includes representation from the following areas of veterinary practice: companion animal, shelter medicine, regulatory medicine, equine, bovine, swine, small ruminant, poultry, wildlife/zoo, exotic/bee/aquatic, and an OVC student.

The members of the Veterinary Practice Community Reference Panel serve a three-year term.

Veterinary Practice Community Reference Panel - Speaking Frankly 2022

May: A report of the panel's meeting from May 2022. The key areas discussed by the panel were spectrum of care, use of your licence, communication strategies and strategic planning. 

February: A report of the panel's meeting from February 2022. The key areas discussed by the panel were telemedicine, animal welfare, a consultation on the veterinarian-client-patient relationship standard and general trends. 

September 2021 - Speaking Frankly

A report of the panel's meeting from September 2021. The key areas discussed by the panel were telemedicine and veterinary wellness. 

Veterinary Practice Advisory Panel - Speaking Frankly 2021

A report of the panel's meeting from February 2021. Discussion focused on the 2020 Annual Report, work on diversity, equity and inclusion, and future trends. 

Veterinary Practice Advisory Panel - Speaking Frankly 2020

Speaking Frankly: October 2020

A report of the veterinary practice advisory panel's meeting from October 2020. Discussion focused on practice expectations amidst a global pandemic, consultation on conflict of interest, and consultation on the use of non-conventional therapies in the practice of veterinary medicine. 

Speaking Frankly: May 2020

A report of the veterinary practice advisory panel's meeting from May 2020. Discussion focused on the sale of non-drug veterinary products, the modernization of the Veterinarians Act, and trends impacting the profession.