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Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario

Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
(519) 824-5600;1(800)424-2856
(519) 824-6497;1(888)662-9479
Veterinarians Act, RSO 1990, C. V.3, S. 2 TO 4 (opens a new window)

The Council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario is the governing body and board of directors of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. The function of the council is to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine and to establish, maintain and develop standards of knowledge, skill and professional ethics among its members. It is also the function of the council to promote public awareness of the role of the college and to perform other duties and exercise such other powers as are imposed or conferred on the college under any act.


The members of the College elect not less than nine and not more than fifteen people who are members of the College. The Council shall elect annually a president and one or more vice-presidents of the College from among the elected members. The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints not less than three and not more than five persons who are not members of the governing body of a self-regulating licensing body under any other act or licensed under the Veterinarians Act.


Candidates should possess or acquire and maintain knowledge of College functions.  Familiarity with relevant legislation including the Veterinarians Act is considered an asset.


Members are appointed for an initial term of up to 3 years and are eligible for reappointment. No person shall be appointed and reappointed for more than six consecutive years.

Council meets 4 times per year. These meetings are usually 2 full days in length and held in Guelph. Public members serve on Council as well as committees and task forces of Council which meet not less than quarterly and as often as 9 times per year. A public member can expect to serve on two committees. Every Discipline panel requires one public member. The College holds approximately 10 discipline hearings a year; a hearing may be several days in length. Public members can expect to serve a minimum of 15 to 20 days per year, not including preparation time.

Appointees are remunerated according to Schedule A, Level 2 of the Agencies and Appointments Directive.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Member (Part-Time) JOY LEVISON
26-Jun-2022 - 31-Dec-2022
2. Member (Part-Time) GAYLE ECKER
05-Mar-2020 - 04-Mar-2023
3. Member (Part-Time) CATHERINE KNIPE
17-Sep-2020 - 16-Sep-2023
4. Member (Part-Time) RENA SPEVACK
26-Jun-2022 - 25-Jun-2025
5. Member (Part-Time)