Do you have comments or concerns regarding the practice of veterinary medicine in Manitoba?
If so, please contact the MVMA’s Deputy Registrar.
To report suspected cases of livestock or pet animal cruelty, please contact the Provincial Animal Care line.
Telephone: +1 204-832-1276 ext.2
Toll free: +1-866-338-MVMA (6862)
Toll free: 1-888-945-8001
The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) is governed by The Veterinary Medical Act and has the duty and authority to investigate complaints about veterinarians and veterinarian technologists in the province of Manitoba. One of the provisions in the Act is the establishment of a Peer Review Committee (PRC) to receive and adjudicate complaints against MVMA members. The MVMA’s complaint process follows the framework set out by The Act and is driven by the PRC who provides direction and decides how each complaint will be resolved.
The MVMA reviews/investigates allegations regarding the conduct or competence of veterinarians and veterinarian technologists. If an investigation raises concerns about a an MVMA member’s conduct or competency, the MVMA takes a remedial and collaborative approach to resolving those concerns. Our mandate is to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine in Manitoba to ensure that the public and animals are served by a competent and ethical standard of practice.
Before you submit a complaint
The MVMA encourages you to try to resolve any issues or concerns you may have directly with your veterinarian, as many can be simple misunderstandings or miscommunications. Many concerns relate to misunderstandings that can be resolved by clear and forthright communication. As well, when dealing with a major animal health issue, obtaining a second opinion may give you a different perspective or additional helpful information and added comfort regarding your questions.
How to submit a complaint
If you have a concern you feel may need to be resolved through the complaints process, please telephone the MVMA Deputy Registrar at 204-832-1276 extension 2. The Deputy Registrar will provide you with a fillable form to complete and submit to the MVMA. The MVMA will not accept verbal or anonymous complaints.
How your complaint will be handled
Once the written complaint is received by the MVMA, the investigation and resolution process are as follows:
For a helpful infographic of the MVMA complaint process, please click here.
The entire process takes on average three to eight months from the time the written complaint is received. In some instances, this timeline may take longer.
What the MVMA is unable to do
There are certain concerns that the MVMA is unable to address as they are not within our jurisdiction. If you submit a complaint, the MVMA is not able to:
A formal caution is a written reprimand used to resolve issues of misconduct. With the agreement of the member, a formal caution is issued when evidence demonstrates a reasonable probability the member has demonstrated poor conduct. A formal caution will permanently remain on the member’s file.
Discipline Decisions are the findings of the MVMA’s Inquiry Committee in accordance with section 40 of The Veterinary Medical Act. They inform the public of the outcome of discipline hearings.
There are currently no reported Discipline Decisions
The Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association operates in the interest of the public. Inquiry Hearings are held in accordance with The Veterinary Medical Act. Inquiry Hearings are open to the public unless the Inquiry Panel makes an order that the hearing be held in private. Sub-section 34(1) of The Veterinary Medical Act prohibits the MVMA from including the name of the investigated member in the public notice of hearing.
Information about scheduled hearings is updated as it becomes available. Dates of hearings are subject to change at any time.
No hearings scheduled currently
Veterinarians or RVT’s may appeal a finding or order issued by the Inquiry Panel to the Court of Appeal within 30 days after the date on which the decision of the Inquiry Panel is served on the member.