Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)
The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association 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.
College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO)
The College protects your right to safe, competent and ethical veterinary care.
The College protects and serves the public interest through the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine. Accordingly, veterinarians are licensed, facilities are accredited, standards and policies are developed and maintained, and an investigations and resolutions process is available. The College licenses approximately 4,500 veterinarians and accredits over 2,100 veterinary facilities in Ontario.
Animal Poison Control
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435.
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
The CVMA is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine.
Three strategic priorities underpin the work accomplished by the CVMA:
- Leadership on national veterinary issues
- Animal welfare advocacy
- A successful career, a balanced life
Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT)
The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians is a professional association. The objectives of the association are:
- To promote, maintain and regulate the professional standards of Veterinary Technicians
- To promote and further the education of Veterinary Technicians
- To sponsor, encourage and promote liaison with other individuals, associations and groups engaged in similar or related fields of activity
- To promote the interests of the Association
Ontario Veterinary College - Pet Trust Fund
OVC Pet Trust honours the relationship between pets, their people and veterinary care givers. We do this by raising funds and supporting learning, healthcare, and research at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Ontario Veterinary College - Pet Loss Support
We are committed to listening to pet owners and acknowledging the role and value of pets in their lives.
University of Guelph students who are trained to listen and support callers experiencing grief. Providing a non-judgmental forum in which a caller can express their feelings surrounding the loss (or impending loss) of their pet.
The Farley Foundation
Established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2001, the Foundation assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of necessary (non-elective) veterinary care for the pets that mean the world to them.
Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)
VOHC exists to recognize products that meet pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols. The VOHC does not test products itself.
The VOHC Seal is displayed on products that have been awarded the Seal.
Regular use of products carrying the VOHC Seal will reduce the severity of periodontal disease in pets.
As with any insurance, one hopes you never need it, but as there are many potential unexpected costs associated with pet ownership, pet insurance is becoming more and more popular each year. Several companies are currently offering pet insurance in Ontario. Each company and their respective plans have their advantages and disadvantages. Please ask us if you have any questions with respect to your pet’s need for insurance.
Here is a link to some valuable information on whether to pursue pet insurance: www.ovma.org/pet-owners/pet-insurance