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.
- More than 1,400 delegates attend our world class OVMA Conference and Trade Show each year, Canada’s largest veterinary gathering.
- Hundreds of veterinarians and students use our classified ads each day to seek out the best jobs and candidates.
- Focus magazine is our award-winning member magazine.
- Members have access to more programs and services than many other associations combined.
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 9,000 pet owners have received over $3.8 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.
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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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.