The College’s governing Council and its committees meet regularly throughout the year to make decisions concerning the College’s policy work and initiatives which enable it to meeting its mandate of protecting and serving the public interest.
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The CVO Jurisprudence Examination requires candidates to demonstrate knowledge of the legislation that governs the profession in Ontario.
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.
All veterinary facilities must meet the College’s accreditation standards. Veterinary facilities are inspected for specific equipment requirements; proper patient records; safe drug storage; a medical reference library; and orderly and sanitary premises. The Minimum Standards for Veterinary Facilities in Ontario details the requirements for each category of veterinary facility.
Inspected facilities are granted a Certificate of Accreditation, usually for a five-year period.
Outside of the regular renewal cycle, an inspection is needed for:
To assist you with preparing for your inspection, the College provides inspection forms to ensure you are familiar with the requirements to achieve a Certificate of Accreditation. Reviewing the sample inspections forms is a key step in ensuring success in your inspection.
The requirements of each category are tailored to meet the requirements of the type of practice and the needs of the animals served.
Click on the facility type below to review the sample inspection form.
Companion animal hospital
Companion animal office
Companion animal mobile office
Companion animal mobile
Companion animal emergency clinic
Companion animal spay-neuter clinic
Food-producing animal hospital
Food-producing animal mobile
Emergency Equine mobile
Remote Area Companion animal mobile
Specialty animal hospital – dentistry
Specialty animal hospital – ophthalmology
Specialty animal hospital – companion animal referral hospital
As part of its facility inspection process, the College monitors the types of deficiencies identified during inspections. This data is used to identify risk areas where veterinarians can direct their attention to ensure adherence to the standards.
On September 28, 2017, the College Council removed the requirement for a facility to contain a Compendium of Pharmaceuticals published within the last three years. In its place the requirement is for the facility to contain a human pharmaceutical reference that is relevant to the Canadian context. Suitable resources would include the CPS or any of the following:
The College's 2019 Annual Report discusses the College's priorities and accomplishments throughout the year.