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New Practice

Guidance on the accreditation steps for opening a new practice.

A Guide to Facility Directors - Accreditation of Veterinary Facilities is a helpful reference as you plan to open your veterinary facility in Ontario. The guide explains the accreditation process, the need for facilities to demonstrate compliance with standards, the role of the facility director, and the Accreditation Committee’s authority.

Guide to Facility Directors – Accreditation of Veterinary Facilities

Policy Statement – Facility Director – Accreditation

How to apply

Log into the Professional Practice Portal and complete the Opening a New Facility – Inspection Application. When asked to Review & Edit the Additional Scope of Practice Services provided at your practice, you must check all that apply to complete the form. For assistance, see the Guide to Facility Directors. An Accreditation Inspector will contact the facility director directly to schedule the inspection. Accreditation Inspectors are scheduling inspections 3-4 weeks in advance.

New practice fee

The new practice inspection fee includes new practice inspection and medical records check.

  • Practice with Essential Standards only: $450
  • Practice with Essential Standards and ≤5 Additional Scope of Practice Standards: $500
  • Practice with Essential Standards and ≥ 6 Additional Scope of Practice Standards: $550

Naming a veterinary facility

Facility owners can now select a name of their choosing for their veterinary facility, providing it fits with guidance in the Professional Practice Standard – Advertising. 

The facility name will need to comply with the following rules:

1. It must be factual, accurate and verifiable.

2. It must not,

    • Be false, misleading, or deceptive by the inclusion or omission of words,
    • Contain any comparative or superlative words, or
    • Contain any endorsement or promotion of drugs or third-party service providers.

3. It must not reasonably be regarded by members as likely to demean the integrity or dignity of the profession or to bring the profession into disrepute.

4. It shall not contain a term, title or designation which indicates specialization in veterinary medicine or represents to the public that the member is a specialist or is specially qualified in a branch of veterinary medicine, unless the member is qualified in that specialization.

It is the owner’s responsibility to do some research when naming their veterinary facility.  Additional helpful suggestions include:

  • Check to see if there are existing veterinary facilities with the similar or same name.
  • If necessary, seek legal counsel to ensure the name selected does not infringe upon existing copyright or trademark.
  • Prepare an alternative in case your first choice poses a concern.

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