As front-line health care providers, veterinarians know what's best when it comes to the services they provide. Doctors of veterinary medicine and the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario are regulated by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO).
OVMA ensures all levels of government, as well as the CVO, incorporate and update their policies to allow vets to practice as effectively and efficiently as possible. We're continuously looking at government policies in development and ensuring veterinarians have a voice at the policy decision making table.
OVMA also regularly reviews and updates the OVMA policy statement booklet.
Some recent issues OVMA has successfully advocated for on behalf of Ontario veterinarians
Lobbied CVO to implement a minimum guideline for pain management in companion animals. Now, at OVMA’s urging, CVO requires that pain control be used where the potential for pain exists, and that withholding proper therapy is not a justifiable means of reducing treatment costs.
Lobbied CVO to amend its interpretation of Regulation 1093 (Veterinarians Act), in order to allow the implementation of wellness plans, allowing clients to pay a low monthly fee for a year’s worth of veterinary care.
Worked with CVO to update its formerly outdated advertising policies. Previous policy did not allow veterinary clinics to use adjectives such as “caring”. In addition, OVMA was opposed to the College’s previous policies that resulted in clinics being held responsible for positive client reviews on third-party websites.
Persuaded CVO to reverse plans to drastically increase their fees for professional incorporation. In 2014, CVO intended to raise fees for the administration of the professional corporations program, above the cost of operating the program. OVMA lobbied CVO to keep its fees for the program in line with the cost of its operation.
Partnered with veterinary clinics in Durham Region to create a low-cost feline spay and neuter program for pet owners on social assistance. This program included municipal government participation which required lobbying local municipal councils and mayors to encourage participation.