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Information for Veterinary Professionals

As a licensed member, you will find helpful information in this section to assist you with making changes to your licence and managing the accreditation of a veterinary facility. You will also find information concerning professional conduct and quality practice. 

Facility Accreditation

Piloting the New Facility Accreditation Model

Accreditation of veterinary facilities is one of the core components of the College’s regulatory functions and is an important part of the College’s overarching quality practice program.

Over the past 30 years, the practice of veterinary medicine has evolved. In 2014, the College sought to renew the approach to facility standards and inspections. This was driven by new practice models and changing services to enhance access and care delivery, and an opportunity to generally enhance standards within veterinary facilities. The profession has also experienced shifts in the mixed practice model – in the past 30 years, species-specific practice has become the norm and now we are starting to see an increased interest in a mixed species model.

Based on work done by the Accreditation Models Task Force and Expert Advisory Group a contemporary model for facility accreditation and a flexible and responsive inspection process have been developed.

New Facility Accreditation Standards

The proposed accreditation model will enable a flexible, and dynamic program that will meet the needs of facility accreditation, enhance accountability related to facilities, and inspire greater public confidence in how physical facilities are overseen. The new model would permit a veterinarian to define the scope of practice that is associated with the facility and meet those facility standards that are relevant to their scope. This will improve flexibility and reduce administrative burden as veterinary care and services evolve. With a continued focus on patient and public safety, an outcomes-based approach to the standards for veterinary facilities has been developed.  

An outcomes-based approach allows for greater flexibility of the standards to stay relevant as veterinary medicine evolves. An outcomes-based standard is one where specific outcomes or objectives are to be achieved at or from the facility.  For example, safe surgery, safe anesthetic procedures, infection control, complete medical records, appropriate access to pharmaceuticals. Then the standard defines what is required or necessary to achieve that outcome at the facility level, which may not be the same at every practice. The facility director demonstrates how their facility meets the requirement during inspection.

The goal is to enhance patient outcomes through compliance with the standards.  It will also encourage veterinary teams to establish goals for continuous improvement in the quality and safety of the facility’s operations.

Next Steps

The College Council approved the piloting of the new inspection process and draft facility standards which is currently taking place. Piloting the standards provides an opportunity for “on the ground” feedback and potential revision prior to the consultation. Thank you to those facilities who have participated in the pilot.

2021 Annual Report

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