Practicing in Manitoba

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Here are some frequently asked questions about practicing veterinary medicine in Manitoba.

  1. What does a veterinarian need to be able to practice in Manitoba?
  2. I am interested in moving to Manitoba to practice. How do I join the MVMA? 
  3. I will only be practicing in Manitoba temporarily. Do I still need to join the MVMA?
  4. What areas of practice are in demand in Manitoba?
  5. I hold a degree in veterinary medicine from an institution outside Canada. Will my degree be recognized in Manitoba? 

1. What does a veterinarian need to be able to practice in Manitoba?
All veterinarians practicing in the province of Manitoba must hold a doctorate in veterinary medicine from an accredited veterinary college or have passed proficiency exams established by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association that are recognized by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. Veterinarians must also be members in good standing of the MVMA and previous veterinary associations with which they were affiliated.

2. I am interested in moving to Manitoba to practice. How do I join the MVMA?
Joining the MVMA is much easier than finishing veterinary school! For more information, visit our Becoming an MVMA Member page.

3. I will only be practicing in Manitoba temporarily. Do I still need to join the MVMA?
If you qualify for registration and licensure within Manitoba, you can apply for short-term licensure applicable for three calendar months beginning January 1, April 1, July 1 or October 1. A consulting license is also available to eligible candidates that is in effect for a period of seven days.  Please contact us for more details: 204.832.1276.

4. What areas of practice are in demand in Manitoba?
Manitoba is an economically and geographically diverse province with a variety of urban and rural environments. Because of this, the province supports many different veterinary practice types. Small animal medicine is common in the capital city of Winnipeg and larger urban centres like Brandon. Outside of these areas, there is significant livestock farming. Primary livestock types found in Manitoba include swine, beef and dairy cows and poultry. Bison production is also increasing and horses are common throughout Manitoba.

Manitoba is also home to a variety of government food inspection and research agencies, including the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health, offices of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural Initiatives.

5. I hold a degree in veterinary medicine from an institution outside Canada. Will my degree be recognized in Manitoba?
For successful application to practice in Manitoba, you must be a graduate of a college of veterinary medicine accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and/or the American Veterinary Medical Association and have graduated prior to the provincial reciprocity agreement of 1986.

If you graduated from a nonaccredited veterinary college, you can apply for registration and a temporary license to practice on successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) of the CVMA-NEB Certificate of Qualification. You would then practice under the direction of a licensed member, with specific conditions as recommended by the MVMA until you complete the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE) and Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE) or for two years - whichever is first. If you do not complete the CPE and BSCE within two years, the MVMA will review your status. This may include interviews with you and your employers. After the review, the MVMA can allow you to continue practicing under a temporary license until you successfully complete the CPE and BCSE or the MVMA can revoke your registration and temporary license to practice.

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