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BCAOA represents animal owners who want freedom to access non-veterinary animal health practitioners who provide services that are complementary to veterinary care.
The BC Veterinary Act & Bylaws of the College of Veterinarians of BC (CVBC) forbids:
Violators risk legal action by the CVBC including the threat of financial penalty and legal fees. This has decreased access to these valuable therapies and caused some practitioners to practice in the shadows. This has also affected some veterinarians who have been penalized by the CVBC for supporting complementary non-veterinary animal health practitioners; as a result, many veterinarians have stopped their association with these providers.
The BCAOA feels this is wrong. Many of these practitioners are highly skilled with special education and professional certifications. A growing number of individuals offer similar services with very little training; putting animals and animal owners at risk.
We approached the Minister of Agriculture with a mission of freedom of choice for owners in the selection of healthcare options for animals in the Province of British Columbia. 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.