This policy statement outlines the veterinary specialty organizations that are accepted by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario and the process for licensed members to add their specialty qualifications to the public register.
The Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario will allow those licensees who hold specialty certifications from an organization recognized by the College in this policy to use a specialist title in Ontario.
The College recognizes the American Veterinary Medical Association - Recognized Veterinary Specialty Organizations and the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation – Recognized Veterinary Specialist Colleges as organizations that grant specialty certification to veterinarians.
Specialty qualification on the public register
The Public Register identifies all licensed members who have approved specialty qualifications. Before describing themselves as a specialist, licensed members must provide acceptable documentation to the College in order to have their specialty qualifications added to the public register.
A specialist is a veterinarian who has been granted a specialty designation by an organization structured and recognized for that specific purpose. A specialty requires completion of additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and successful completion of an examination that evaluates and confirms knowledge and skills in that specialty area.
Veterinarians Act R.S.O. 1990, s. 19
R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1093: General s. 36