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Licensure Policies - Letter of Professional Standing


As per Regulation 1093, all licensure applicants, if they have previously practised veterinary medicine, must provide evidence that there has been no finding of, and that there is no current proceeding involving an allegation of, professional misconduct, gross neglect, or impairment. Licensure applicants fulfill this requirement through the submission of letters of professional standing. 


A letter of professional standing must be provided from each regulatory authority, in any jurisdiction, with whom an applicant is currently or was previously registered or licensed. The letter of standing must include: 

  • the dates the licence was held, 
  • the type of licence held, 
  • the current status of the licence (if the licence is inactive a reason must be provided), and 
  • whether or not any investigation or disciplinary action has been taken against the licence holder. 

A letter of professional standing must be sent directly to the College from the regulatory authority or from a recognized organization working on behalf of the regulatory authority. The College will receive the letter of professional standing by email, fax, or mail. Email is the preferred form of submission whenever possible. 

Letters of professional standing provided to the College are only valid for six months from the date of issue. The College reserves the right to ask for updated letters at any time. 

Participation in a postgraduate program of which clinical practice either as part or whole of the program (aka clinical program, e.g., residency, internship or combined degree or diploma program) is considered to be engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine and requires a letter of professional standing. If the jurisdiction where the program was completed did not require licensure, then a letter confirming the applicant’s standing during their residency or internship is to be provided to the College from the Dean of the university. 

If an applicant is unable to obtain a letter of standing, they should refer to the College’s Difficulty Obtaining Required Documents policy. These circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

If the letter of standing is not in English or French, a certified translation must also be provided. Please refer to the College’s Document Translation policy.

Legislative Authority 

R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1093: Licences, s. 3(1)(d)