Ontario opens consultations on modernizing the Veterinarians Act

Photo by Karen Mantel, Ontario Veterinary College.

The last significant update to Ontario’s Veterinarians Act was over 30 years ago, in 1989. Stating that the current act no longer reflects the realities of modern veterinary practice, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Lisa Thompson today announced the Ontario government is launching consultations to modernize the Act.

The review will “explore amendments to the legislative framework, opening the door to a new standard of veterinary medicine in Ontario that is modern and flexible,” according to a press release.

The consultation opens with a public comment period on the Regulatory Registry, opening in 2023.

Commenters will be asked for feedback on:

  • The scope of practice for veterinary medicine, such as the procedures, services and processes a licensed veterinarian or other veterinary professional, such as a veterinary technician, is permitted to perform in Ontario
  • How to improve accountability and transparency to make sure that powers, responsibilities, and processes under the Act are clear to the public
  • How to align oversight of the Ontario veterinary profession with other self-governing regulated professions in the province to ensure that the veterinary profession continues to be overseen in the public interest

Details on the proposed changes to the Veterinarians Act are available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-veterinarians-act-ontario,and the public can share feedback by email to: [email protected]