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ABOUT BCAOA

  • BC Animal Owners Association represents animal owners who want the freedom to access non-veterinary animal health practitioners who provide veterinary care services that are complementary to veterinary care.

  • We believe qualified practitioners should have the right to practice as regulated and certified professionals – to be respected for their quality contribution to the health and wellness of our animals and pets.

THE PROBLEM

  • Only veterinarians can perform ‘veterinary medicine’. Statutes with the Vet Act (2010) and certain bylaws of the CVBC restrict cooperation between veterinarians and non-veterinary practitioners. 

  • The CVBC has authority to take legal action against non-veterinary practitioners, because the law dictates that these non-veterinary practitioners are practicing ‘veterinary medicine'.

THE SOLUTION

  • The objective is to create a 'place' within the current law so that non-veterinary practices are outside the definition of 'veterinary medicine'.

  •  The solution proposed to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries is to make changes within the Veterinarians Act of BC (2010) to allow complementary non-veterinary therapies, followed by changes to some specific bylaws within the College of Veterinarians of BC (CVBC) that removes the responsibility for CVBC oversight.

OUR SPONSORS

​​We are grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors.
If you are a business and would like to be a sponsor, please contact us.​

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