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Licensure of Veterinarians in Emergency Situations 

Under the Licensure of Veterinarians in Emergency Situations Policy Statement, the Registrar is authorized to carry out the following actions pertaining to application for licensure made in response to a declared emergency: 

  • to issue and, where necessary, renew a short-term licence to veterinarians who are directed by a federal or provincial government body to perform specific veterinary services solely for the short-term, special purpose of dealing with the specified emergency situation 

  • to waive application and licensure fees; 

  • to accept, as the nature of the emergency warrants, the Chief Veterinarian of Ontario or of Canada as the supervising veterinarian of short-term licensees, waiving the requirement for an undertaking to be signed by both parties; 

  • to waive the documentation requirement to have letters of standing sent from other jurisdictions, instead confirming that the applicant holds active licensure in good standing through direct communication with the regulator of the originating jurisdiction. 

Registration Steps: 

Applicant is to complete and submit the application for licensure. The Chief Veterinarian of Ontario or Canada submits a letter to the College detailing the request, including the following information: 

  • the type of work to be performed and the reasons why this work will be performed 

  • the dates (if known) that the applicant will be in Ontario 

College staff to obtain verification from the regulator of the originating jurisdiction to verify licence number and to check professional standing.