The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) is Canada's foremost veterinary association.
Our mission is to contribute to the betterment of animal health and welfare and the protection of human health by advancing and promoting excellence in the veterinary profession in Ontario.
Thousands of veterinarians depend on us as their collective voice in the province. They also rely on us as their source for news, world-class continuing education, extensive practice management resources, and work-life balance and career advice. These services have been fundamental in helping practice owners, associates and students achieve their personal and professional goals.
The Farley Foundation was created by OVMA in 2002 to give veterinarians the ability to help low-income pet owners with the unexpected costs of caring for a sick or injured pet. More than 11,500 pet owners have received over $4.8 million in funding since the foundation was established. Our annual bike ride and golf tournament also raise funds for the foundation, and hundreds of veterinarians participate in Fundraise for Farley Month each year by organizing dog washes, charity walks and other events.
OVMA also administers the SafePet Ontario program, which fosters companion animals for individuals fleeing from domestic violence.The program provides veterinary intake and long- or short-term fostering for the duration of a woman’s stay in a shelter or other safe place.
People often tell us about veterinarians who have gone to great lengths to ensure the health and welfare of an animal. The OVMA Awards Program celebrates these outstanding professionals. Nominations come in from all over the province recognizing the extraordinary work that veterinarians do on behalf of animals and people.
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Position statement on diversity and inclusion
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and rejects discrimination or harassment based on grounds such as race, colour, ancestry, ethnic origin, place of origin, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, marital status or disability. Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
The well-being of our society and our profession is vital. OVMA is committed to ongoing and active promotion and maintenance of diversity and inclusion in its membership, leadership and organization; to ensuring that its services are provided without bias; and to educating its members regarding the value of diversity and inclusion.
OVMA is committed to working with the Ontario Veterinary College to ensure that the principles of inclusivity and diversity are reflected in the equitable selection of students, and to make veterinary education more accessible for underrepresented and minority groups. OVMA is also committed to working with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario to ensure that the principles of inclusivity and diversity are reflected in the licensing and regulation of Ontario’s veterinarians.
The association’s humble beginnings stretch back to September 24, 1874, when a group of Ontario veterinary surgeons met at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) on Temperance Street in Toronto and formed a society named the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).
At that time, the OVMA consisted of 27 members who defined the association's objectives as “the mutual improvement of its members, in those branches of knowledge specially pertaining to their profession, and the advancement of the position and interests of the veterinary profession in the Province of Ontario.”
After almost 100 years of name changes, including the Society of Ontario Veterinarians, and the Ontario Veterinary Association, financial ups and downs and organizational restructuring, OVMA finally took on its current form in 1980.
OVMA now represents more than 4,400 Ontario veterinarians in small mixed and large animal practice, private practice, government, academia, industry and public service. Its mandate includes the provision of economic research, continuing education, increasing public awareness, government relations and advocacy, and member services.