Licence Types: The College offers seven different licence types. Please review licence types to understand your options for licensure.
Restricted licence under supervision: The College provides graduates of acceptable unaccredited veterinary schools with the opportunity to acquire practical experience working under the supervision of a CVO member with a general licence, before they have passed the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE). Eligible applicants may be granted restricted licences under supervision by the College’s Registration Committee.
The first step is to complete the application form. If you are a new applicant or have submitted an application in the past, please submit an online licensure application. If you currently hold a licence with the CVO, please submit a licensure application (PDF).
The following must be submitted with your application form:
- complete the CVO Jurisprudence confidentiality declaration
- provide payment for the licence application fee and CVO Jurisprudence Exam fee
- attach your identification document and legal work authorization (if already obtained)
You will receive an email from College staff within five business days to let you know that the application has been received.
Applicant Portal – online application
Licensure Application (PDF)
The next step is to submit all required documents that are applicable to the licence type you are seeking.
- name change information (if required)
- veterinary medicine degree or transcripts
- language proficiency (if required)
- examination and assessment pathway results (if required)
- suitability to practise information
See licensure requirements for detailed information about each of the requirements and how you may submit this documentation to the College.
Next, applicants are required to successfully complete the jurisprudence exam if it is a requirement for the licence type you are seeking. You will receive an e-mail confirming your eligibility to take the CVO Jurisprudence Exam. Please review the Jurisprudence Exam information page for details about the exam.
Once you have successfully completed the CVO Jurisprudence Exam and submitted all required documents you can pay the appropriate licence fee and ask to have your licence processed. The licence can be issued within two business days.