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Stronger Veterinary Standards Benefit Albertans
New provincial legislation has been introduced in Alberta to provide better consumer protection to pet and animal owners. The changes affect registration, advertising, illegal practices, and continuing education. It also creates a protected title for veterinary technologists who are now able to participate and vote on the ABVMA’s governing council and disciplinary committees. Additionally, new and newly renovated clinics will be subject to inspection before opening to help enforce a standard of safety and professionalism across the province.
You can read more about the new legislation below, or by visiting the Government of Alberta's website.
Pet and animal owners in Alberta will receive better consumer protection from the Veterinary Profession Amendment Act, which comes into effect Feb. 1.
The act ensures both veterinarians and veterinary technologists adhere to rules pertaining to registration, advertising, illegal practices and continuing education. It also creates a protected title for veterinary technologists who support veterinarians by caring for and assisting in the treatment of animals.
“Veterinarians and veterinary technologists play an important role in the care of our pets and animals. With these changes, Albertans can be confident that their animals are receiving the best care possible from veterinary professionals that are properly trained, provide safe and competent services, and comply with the highest professional standards.”
Christina Gray, Minister of Labour
“The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association is pleased to have the Veterinary Profession Amendment Act in force, ensuring increased safeguards for Albertans accessing veterinary care. The association supports the increased engagement of technologists in governance, accountability of registered veterinary technologists through the complaints process, as well as updates to practice inspection standards that this bill provides.”
Dr. Darrell Dalton, Registrar, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
These changes also:
- allow veterinary technologists in Alberta to fully participate and vote on the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association’s governing council and disciplinary committees
- ensure Albertans know they are dealing with qualified professionals
- require new and newly renovated veterinary clinics to pass inspection before opening for business
The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association is one of 23 self-governing Professional Regulatory Organizations whose governing legislation is overseen by Alberta Labour. It governs both veterinarians and veterinary technologists under the Veterinary Profession Act.