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Discipline Process

The public trusts the College to address concerns about a veterinarian’s practice or conduct.

Discipline Committee

The Discipline Committee may be directed by the Executive or the Complaints Committee to conduct a hearing to determine allegations of professional misconduct or serious neglect against a member or former member of the College. 

A Panel of the Complaints Committee or Executive Committee reviews the case to determine if the Committee has concerns with the veterinarian’s actions or conduct. If the Committee identifies serious concerns with the veterinarian’s actions or conduct, they would refer the case to the Discipline Committee. 

At the Discipline Hearing, panels of three to five members are appointed to hear the matter. Each panel must have at least one public member. Discipline hearings are generally open to the public. However, the Discipline Panel can direct that all or part of a hearing be held in camera to protect confidential matters. 

Until further notice, the College’s hearings will be conducted electronically. If you wish to observe a hearing, please contact Cindy Rose, Associate, Investigations and Hearings for details at least two business days prior to the scheduled date.

  • Contested Hearing - March 15, 18, April 23, and June 24, 2024
  • Penalty & Costs Hearing - August 21, 22, 2024

The outcome of a discipline hearing is public information, and the College has a legal responsibility to disclose the names of those who have been found guilty of professional misconduct. The College publishes summaries of Discipline hearings to provide a greater understanding of the issues surrounding professional misconduct and the veterinary profession’s accountability to the public. 

Findings from all proceedings are posted on the Public Register, available online through the College’s Find a Veterinarian search tool. Summaries from discipline proceedings since October 1, 2012 are published on this website.
 
Discipline Summaries