In upholding its responsibility to protect the public, the MVMA sets minimum standards for veterinary practices. These minimum standards and inspection requirements are set out in the MVMA Practice Inspection and Practice Standards By-Law.
Each PIPS inspected Practice is required to complete a self-inspection in the following scenarios:
Change to Practice
When a self-inspection has been conducted as a result of a change to practice, the practice will be granted a 6-month temporary certificate. Within the 6-month period, an MVMA PIPS inspector will contact the practice to arrange for an inspection. Upon successful completion of the MVMA PIPS inspection, the practice will be provided with a 3-year certificate.
Self-Inspection Fee – $180+ gst = $189
MVMA PIPS Inspector Inspection fee – $475 + gst = $498.75
Inspections, whether conducted by self-inspection or conducted by an MVMA PIPS inspector, are meant as a point in time marker that a practice meets and/or exceeds the minimum standards as outlined in the PIPS By-Law. Each practice must meet and/or exceed these standards every day.
Questions, Comments, Concerns
Please contact the MVMA registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
On February 4, 2022, the MVMA adopted a new by-law to allow for a VCPR to be established without a hands-on examination of an animal or without visiting the premises where the animal is kept in limited circumstances.
To be clear, the MVMA Telemedicine Permit only applies to Telemedicine files.
Telemedicine files: Patient files where a VCPR is established without a hands-on examination of an animal and/or visiting the premises where the animal is kept. This applies to both new and existing patients where there has not been a hands-on examination of an animal and/or visiting the premises where the animal is kept within the last 12 months.
Please note that a member must follow the process below in order to establish a VCPR via telemedicine alone. Failure to do so may result in a complaint being filed with the PRC.
The MVMA General By-Law No 1 states:
4-6-3 A Practicing Veterinarian Member may establish a VCPR without a hands-on examination of an animal and/or visiting the premises where the animal is kept only if the member documents a compelling justification and rationale for why establishing VCPR solely via telemedicine is needed. Further:
(a) The member cannot prescribe any Control Substances, Benzodiazepines or class-Z drugs when the VCPR that is established solely through telemedicine.
(b) The veterinarian providing telemedicine in Manitoba must be licensed in Manitoba.
(c) A VCPR cannot be established for a group of animals (for example a herd, flock, or school) via telemedicine.
(d) The veterinarian must be practicing out of an MVMA PIPS Inspected Practice that holds a valid Telemedicine Permit.
(e) When practicing via telemedicine, the veterinarian must:
Step 1: The PIPS Inspected Practice must apply for a Telemedicine Permit – Telemedicine Permit Application.
Step 2: Each veterinarian that will establish a VCPR via telemedicine alone must complete and submit a Telemedicine Notification Form.
Step 3: Submit Telemedicine Files for Audit
Step 4: Audit
Please contact email@example.com with any questions about the Telemedicine Permitting or auditing process.