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Consultations

Consultations with the profession, the public and other stakeholders are an important part of the College's policy development and review process.

Your input is important.

Council reviews the opinions it receives to make informed decisions before it makes changes to existing policies or introduces new documents. To ensure transparency and encourage open dialogue, the feedback is posted in accordance with our consultation process and posting guidelines. After the consultation period ends, the College publishes a summary of the submissions. When finalizing the policy content, the College Council considers the extent to which your comments represent the expectations of the profession and are consistent with the College‚Äôs mandate as a regulatory body. 

Consultation Process & Posting Guidelines

Consultations

At its June 2023 meeting, Council reviewed two sections of the current By-Laws and have confirmed draft amendments for consultation. View Details
At the December 2022 meeting, the College Council approved for consultation proposed changes to the standards for veterinary facilities in Ontario and a change of the current inspection fee to an annual accreditation fee. View Details
A proposed draft amended Professional Practice Standard: VCPR was presented to Council in September 2021. Discussion related to scopes of services, and ensuring ongoing adherence to professional obligations related to the prescribing and dispensing of drugs. In December 2021, Council reviewed a further updated draft and approved it for consultation View Details
The Council revised its By-Laws to change the general licence fee effective January 1, 2023. View Details
The College established a professional practice standard on telemedicine in 2016. This standard supports veterinarians in using virtual modalities in practice and clarifies the expectations related to safety and quality. The standard is reviewed frequently, with consultation, to consider and accommodate the evolution of this fast-advancing area View Details
Council reviewed the draft Professional Practice Standard: Conflict of Interest in the Practice of Veterinary Medicine. Following discussion, Council directed the draft be circulated for public consultation. View Details
Council reviewed the proposed draft Position Statement: Use of Non-Conventional Therapies in the Practice of Veterinary Medicine. Following discussion, Council directed the draft be circulated for public consultation. View Details
Council reviewed the proposed amended draft Professional Practice Standard: Veterinary Euthanasia and directed that the draft be circulated for public consultation. View Details
The College is proposing replacing the current definition of “serious neglect” in the Veterinarians Act with the term “incompetence”, with a slightly revised definition View Details
As a part of the College’s legislative reform initiative, the College is reviewing the provisions in the Veterinarians Act related to title protection. View Details
As a part of the College’s legislative reform initiative, the College is reviewing the provisions in the Veterinarians Act related to Council composition View Details
The requirements for the sale of drugs in Canada are established by the federal and provincial governments. In Ontario, the laws governing the sale of drugs by licensed veterinarians are contained in the Veterinarians Act and Regulation 1093, as well as further outlined in College policy. Outside the strict framework set for the sale of drugs, there are a variety of non-drug veterinary products that are used by licensed veterinarians in the care or promotion of the health of animals. View Details
Council approved a revised version of the Code of Ethics. The code is intended to provide a framework to guide veterinarians in ethical decision-making.  View Details
The Council revised its By-Laws to strengthen By-Law 4.08 to ensure the College's investment strategies at all times assure the preservation of its accrued capital accompanied by modest fund growth when the financial sector is stable. View Details
Council approved the proposed draft Professional Practice Standard on Humane Handling and Restraint by veterinarians for circulation and consultation. The proposed draft Professional Practice Standard sets out practice expectations for veterinarians and provides a list of resources for support and consideration View Details
Draft Professional Practice Standards on prescribing, dispensing, extra-label drug use and compounding set out current and existing practice expectations for veterinarians across all species. This set of standards is out for consultation until May 28, 2018. View Details
A review of the College's By-Laws in key areas that need updating. View Details
The Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario is pleased to announce the final and complete consultation on the modernization of the Veterinarians Act. View Details