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College of Veterinarians of Ontario

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) is the governing body for veterinarians in Ontario. The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of the college to ensure that they are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for anyone who wants to practise as a veterinarian in this province.

Registration Practices Assessment Report, 2013

This summary of the assessment includes recommendations for improvement.

Reports / Applications

2015

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2015

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2015
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received14133171110302
Applicants who became members1212915750240

2014

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2014

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2014
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received11333111140271
Applicants who became members1053011640210

2013

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2013

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Veterinarians)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2013
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received10029111150255
Applicants who became members98257830213

2012

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2012

Registration Practices Assessment Report — Summary (Veterinarians)

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2012
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received963017940237
Applicants who became members942517560192

2011

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2011

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2011
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1002921950245
Applicants who became members992612410178

2010

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2010

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2010
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1301522920259
Applicants who became members1141521840234

2009

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2009
Audit Report

For a description of all OFC-monitored developments for this profession for 2009, see the 2009-2010 Annual Report.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2009
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1010228n/a131
Applicants who became members100201972n/a211

n/a = not available

2008

Fair Registration Practices (FRP) Report, 2008

In March 2009, the CVO invited the OFC to participate in a labour mobility workshop organized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. The workshop brought together regulators and qualifications assessment agencies from across Canada to discuss the potential impact of the federal-provincial-territorial Agreement on Internal Trade on issues such as veterinary licensing requirements, entry-to-practice standards, scope of practice and examination processes.

Applications to Practise Processed by the CVO in 2008
Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 Jurisdiction Where Applicants Received Their Training Total
Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown
New applications received1113241070254
Applicants who became members110324540200

2007


During the fall and winter of 2007-2008, the OFC undertook a study of the CVO to understand its 2007 registration practices and establish baseline data and information. PDF

Exemplary Practices

The OFC gathers regulatory bodies' exemplary licensing practices so that they may learn from one another. Practices for the College of Veterinarians of Ontario are listed below.

  1. Clarifying criteria for the "good character" requirement

    The Applicant Character Assessment Policy contributes...

  2. Conducting an annual survey of applicant experiences

    This practice supports continuous improvement by helping...

  3. Contributing to high standards in bridge training

    This practice helps to ensure that bridge training...

  4. Encouraging ongoing learning and development for registration committee members

    This practice helps ensure that committee members remain...


Quick Facts

Number of Veterinarians4,464
Number of Internationally Trained Veterinarians931

You may find information about exam requirements and Canadian work experience requirements elsewhere on this site.


Location of Training, 2015

Ontario3,163
Other Canadian Provinces370
USA107
Other International824
Unknown0
Total4,464
Proportion of Internationally Trained Members (includes USA)21%

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The OFC does not assess credentials, handle complaints or intervene in particular cases. Our mandate is one of systemic change. Please contact the CVO for further information about your ability to practise as a veterinarian in Ontario.

Action

Internationally educated veterinarians have to pass three separate exams, with a combined cost of almost $10,000, to become licensed in Ontario. Most candidates take three to five years to complete them.

Internationally educated veterinarians say the exams take so long that their knowledge and clinical skills are no longer current at the end of the process.

They have also questioned the objectivity of the clinical practice exam.

At the OFC’s urging, CVO plans to hold the national examining board accountable for ensuring that its exams are transparent, objective, impartial and fair.

September 2013