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) removes the responsibility for CVBC oversight.

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In our collaboration with the Practice Groups,

we created the Governance Document and Bylaws for a new Regulatory Body for these professions.

These documents were submitted to the Ministry in April 2019.

The Governance Document and Bylaws address a number of issues including:

  • Registration requirements and fees etc.

  • Code of Ethics

  • Standards of Practice

  • Scope of Practice

  • Standards of Education

  • Continuing Education

  • Certification

  • Disciplinary Action/Committees etc.

  • Use of Reserved Titles

 "Regulation of health professionals is part of the foundation of safe health care and ensures that trust in health professionals is maintained. The public must be comfortable seeking care from health professionals and have confidence that these professionals will deliver safe, effective, ethical care. Regulation is one of the key mechanisms that assures patients that the care they receive is provided by qualified, capable and competent professionals." 

- From Modernizing the provincial health profession regulatory framework: a paper for consultation, November 2019, p.2)​

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