Working in Ontario
Veterinarians in Ontario work in private practices (animal clinics), laboratories, zoos, conservation areas and reserves, and in government and industry. To practice veterinary medicine in Ontario you must obtain a licence from the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO).
You cannot practise veterinary medicine or call yourself a veterinarian without a licence, but you can help a veterinarian as a veterinary assistant or technician. A veterinary assistant or technician must work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.
If you are an internationally trained veterinarian, you can learn how to become a licensed veterinarian by contacting the College directly, or by viewing the career map in the ‘Tools and Information’ section of this page.
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario to create a Career Map for internationally trained veterinarians. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including language requirements, labour market conditions, the credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Veterinary Skills, Training and Enhancement Program (VSTEP)
This program helps internationally trained veterinarians get licensed and find employment. Participants receive training in workplace culture, medical ethics and business skills.
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Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
College of Veterinarians of Ontario
2106 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON N1L 1G6
Toll free 1-800-424-2856
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit the Working in Canada website. This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates. To learn about your occupation, visit the website and click the ‘Start’ button on the main page.