While not all information contained in an animal’s medical record is considered personal information by PIPEDA standards, Section 17 (1) 6. in Regulation 1093 of the Veterinarians Act states that it is professional misconduct for a veterinarian to reveal:
information concerning a client, an animal or any professional service performed for an animal, to any person other than the client or another member treating the animal except,
i. with the consent of the client,
ii. if required or authorized to do so by law,
iii. to prevent, or contribute information for the treatment of, a disease or physical injury of a person, or
iv. Revoked: O. Reg. 233/15, s. 11 (1).
v. for the purpose of identifying, locating or notifying the apparent owner of the animal, protecting the rights of the apparent owner or enforcing applicable laws in respect of the animal, where it appears that the animal is not owned by the person presenting it for treatment.
Given this, all information contained in an animal’s medical record is subject to confidentiality and requires informed client consent before it can be disclosed. For more information, please consult the College’s Professional Practice Standard: Medical Records.