A veterinarian is permitted to own or be a partner in a non-veterinary business while also working in clinical practice. A veterinarian cannot benefit from referrals to or from their non-veterinary business without providing clients with a written explanation of the veterinarian’s interest in the business. When possible, veterinarians are advised to provide clients with several different referral options in order to allow for the client to make an informed decision.
Examples of non-veterinary businesses may include but are not limited to:
- Laboratory testing;
- Pet food stores; and
- Animal training.
In accordance with Section 42 (5) of Regulation 1093 written explanations for referrals to non-veterinary businesses that the referring veterinarian owns or receives a benefit from must include:
- A written explanation of their interest in the non-veterinary business; and
- Written notice that if the client chooses another service provider the client’s choice will not affect their ability to obtain services from the veterinarian unless the client’s choice would result in uncoordinated animal care.
For more information related to these written explanations, including additional requirements related to laboratory, radiological, and other technical procedures, please refer to Section 42 (5) of Regulation 1093.