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  • Education Veterinary Medicine
  • Education Animal Health Care
  • Canada’s Veterinary Medical Associations
  • Animal Health & Wellness – Provincial
  • American/Other Veterinary Organizations
  • Animal Health and Wellness/International
  • Government – Manitoba
  • Government – Federal
  • Canadian Livestock Producer Association
  • American Producer Associations
Education Veterinary Medicine
  • The Atlantic Veterinary College – Read more
    University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
  • Université de Montréal – Read more
    Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec.
  • The Ontario Veterinary College – Read more
    University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
  • The Western College of Veterinary Medicine – Read more
    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • University of Calgary (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) – Read more
    Calgary, Alberta.
Education Animal Health Care
  • Animal Health Technology:
    Red River College offers Animal Health Technology training. – Read more
  • Canadian Association of Animal Health Technologists:
    Communication, direction, and support of provincial AHT/VT associations to achieve national and international professional recognition – Read more
Canada’s Veterinary Medical Associations
  • Alberta Veterinary Medical Association – Read more
    Professional association for veterinarians licensed in Alberta.
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association – Read more
    The official Web site of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
  • College of Veterinarians of Ontario – Read more
    The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) regulates the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario to protect the public interest. The CVO is not a school or university. The CVO licenses veterinarians, inspects and accredits veterinary facilities.
  • Ontario Veterinary Medical Association – Read more
    The OVMA is the professional association representing veterinarians in Ontario. The OVMA’s products and services include economic research, continuing education programs, and public relations campaigns.
  • Quebec Veterinary Medical Association – Read more
    Promoting quality veterinary medicine and protecting the public while striving for improved animal and public health.
  • Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association – Read more
    Dedicated to the protection of the public by ensuring the proficiency, competency and ethical behavior of SVMA members in the practice of veterinary medicine.
Animal Health & Wellness – Provincial
  • Brandon Humane Society – Read more
    Providing aid and assistance to companion animals.
  • City of Winnipeg Animal Services – Read more
    Providing animal control under The City of Winnipeg Act.
  • Farm Animal Council – Read more
    Informing and educating the public about how farmers care for their animals, and supporting commodity member groups in informing and educating producers about animal welfare issues.
  • Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS) – Read more
    Protecting animals from suffering and promoting their welfare and dignity. The WHS also provides a variety of educational programs. Please see their site for further information.
American/Other Veterinary Organizations
  • American Animal Hospital Association – Read more
    Enhance veterinarians’ abilities to provide quality medical care to companion animals; enabling veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence; meeting the public’s needs as they relate.
  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists – Read more
    The college certifies veterinarians in ophthalmology in addition to providing services to diplomates, company partners and the public.
  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Read more
    The specialty board that sets the standards for advanced professionalism in veterinary surgery.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association – Read more
    Advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture.
  • World Veterinary Association – Read more
    Protecting and improving animal welfare, animal health and human health as part of the One world – one health concept.
Animal Health and Wellness/International
  • Animal Nutrition Association of Canada – Read more
    Representing manufacturers and suppliers of animal nutrition products to Canada’s livestock and poultry industries.
  • ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Cente – Read more
    The premier animal-oriented poison control centre in North America.
  • Canadian Agri-Food Research Council – Read more
    National coordinating system for agri-food research and technology transfer in Canada.
  • Canadian Animal Health Institute – Read more
    The trade association representing animal health companies that develop, manufacture and distribute animal health products.
  • Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre – Read more
    Applying veterinary medical sciences to wildlife conservation and management in Canada.
  • Companion Animal Health Fund (WCVM) – Read more
    Sustaining and advancing WCVM’s pet health program and facilities.
  • Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council – Read more
    Ensuring the highest level of pet care attainable and a guarantee of a fair and equitable representation for all facets of the Canadian pet industry.
  • Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – Read more
    Research, development and commercialization of products used by producers in the food animal industry.
  • Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners – Read more
    Elevating standards of bovine practice; promoting research into bovine diseases; establishing and maintaining liaisons.
  • World Health Organization – Read more
    The United Nations specialized agency for health.
  • World Organization for Animal Health – Read more
    Ensuring transparency in the global animal disease and zoonosis situation.
Government – Manitoba
  • Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives – Read more
    The site for provincial agricultural program information.
  • Manitoba Health – Read more
    Access to information on health initiatives in the Province.
Government – Federal
  • Bureau of Veterinary Drugs (Health Canada) – Read more
    Evaluating and monitoring the safety, quality and effectiveness of veterinary drugs administered to food-producing and companion animals.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Read more
    Responsible for the delivery of all federal food, animal and plant health inspection programs.
Canadian Livestock Producer Association
  • Dairy Farmers of Manitoba – Read more
    Dairy production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Bison Association – Read more
    Bison production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Beef Producers – Read more
    Beef production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Chicken Producers – Read more
    Chicken production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Egg Farmers – Read more
    Egg production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Elk Growers Association – Read more
    Elk production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Pork Council – Read more
    Pork production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Sheep Association – Read more
    Sheep production in Manitoba.
  • Manitoba Turkey Producers – Read more
    Turkey production in Manitoba.
American Producer Associations
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners – Read more
    An international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote the cattle industry.
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners – Read more
    The world’s largest professional association of equine veterinarians. The AAEP’s mission is to improve the health and welfare of the horse, to further the professional development of its members, and to provide resources and leadership for the benefit of the horse community.
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians – Read more
    Increasing the knowledge of swine veterinarians by promoting the development and availability of the resources which enhance the effectiveness of professional activities creating opportunities which inspire personal and professional growth.

Practicing in Manitoba

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.

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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: +1 204-832-1276

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 non accredited 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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