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Practice Details


Facilitating practical experience in Ontario

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

College of VETERINARIANS of Ontario

College of VETERINARIANS of Ontario


This practice, by opening up the possibility of a restricted license, ensures that both bridging participants and other internationally trained applicants can gain clinical experience in Ontario. This increases their chances of passing the clinical exam required for licensure.

By law, only licensed veterinarians can practice surgery an important competency for passing the clinical exams required of all internationally trained applicants. Therefore, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) established a restricted license to ensure that all internationally trained veterinarians can access appropriate, supervised experience in preparing for their clinical exams.

CVO grants restricted licenses for a maximum period of 25 months. License holders have the opportunity to gain substantial experience before taking the clinical exam required for full licensure. During this time, they may also earn an income from supervised employment.

For restricted license holders, the degree of supervision is tied to the number of theoretical exams the applicant has already passed and his or her status in the bridging program.

It is noteworthy that restricted licenses are available to both bridging participants and those who do not enrol in the bridging program.

Further information is available in the policy document, Licensure of Internationally Trained Veterinarians, posted on the CVO website.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 16, 2013