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About the College of Veterinarians of Ontario

About the College of Veterinarians of Ontario

The College protects and serves the public interest through the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine. The College licenses approximately 4,500 veterinarians and accredits over 2,100 veterinary facilities in Ontario.

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Quality Practice

Quality Practice

Ontario veterinarians are highly competent, professional practitioners. Through the Quality Practice program, the profession demonstrates its commitment to safe, quality veterinary medicine.

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Only veterinarians licensed by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario are permitted to practise in Ontario. As part of its mandate to protect and serve the public interest, the College ensures only qualified veterinarians are licensed to practise in Ontario.

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Veterinarians must practise from an accredited veterinary facility. Accreditation ensures all veterinary facilities in Ontario provide a professional environment and contain the essential equipment required for safe patient care.

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CVO News

College releases practice standard in dentistry

After extensive consultation, the College Council approved a revised Professional Practice Standard on Veterinary Dentistry. More

Court orders Pup Star to cease unauthorized practice

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has added clarity to an existing Order that a non-veterinarian stop practising veterinary medicine. More

College of Veterinarians of Ontario elects Executive

Dr. Jennifer Day, of Toronto, is the new president of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the province’s regulatory and licensing body for Ontario’s 4,400 veterinarians. More

College revises rabies policy

The Council of the College has approved a new Professional Practice Standard which enables Rabies Programs to be offered in both accredited veterinary facilities and, under specific conditions, in unaccredited facilities. More