About Membership Information

VETERINARIANS (NEW MEMBERS)

How to Apply

To apply for MVMA membership as a veterinarian you must:

  • Complete and submit the Registration Application Form
    • Please note that a signature is required in Box V.
  • Submit all accompanying documents including:
    • A copy of your Diploma
    • A copy of your Government-issued photo identification (passport, driver’s license)
    • Proof of entitlement to work in Canada (Canadian Passport/Canadian Citizenship Card/Canadian Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Birth Certificate/Canadian Work Permit)
    • If applicable, Letter(s) of Standing sent directly from the issuing jurisdiction(s)
    • If applicable, a copy of your Diplomate credentials
  • Pay your membership dues upon receipt of invoice

It typically takes the MVMA two weeks to process a membership application.


Eligibility for Registration and Licensure


Applicants with a Certification of Qualification from the National Examining Board (NEB)

You may be eligible for MVMA membership as a Veterinarian if you hold a valid Certification of Qualification from the CVMA National Examining Board

Labour Mobility Applicant

For labour mobility applicants, please click here for more information.

Applicants without a Certification of Qualification

  • Pathways
  • Route 1- NEB Examination Route
  • Route 2- Educational Program
  • Route 3- Limited Licence- Board Certification
  • Route 4- Limited Licence- Residency
  • Route 5- Limited Licence- Internship
  • Route 6- Limited Licence- CVMA/AVMA Accredited Program Graduate without Certification of Qualification
Pathways

For an info graph of the pathways to an unrestricted licence, please click here.

Route 1- NEB Examination Route

Those that have graduated from an educational institution that is not accredited by the CVMA or AVMA may be eligible for membership with the MVMA as a veterinarian. These applicants must first begin the process by registering with the National Examining Board (NEB). More information about the NEB can be located on the NEB’s website.

Those in the process of obtaining a Certificate of Qualification from the National Examining Board are eligible for Restricted General Membership with the MVMA upon:

  • Successful completion of the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examinations (BCSE);
  • Successful completion of the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE); and
  • Registration for the Preliminary Surgical Assessment (PSA)

A restricted member must pass the Clinical Proficiency Examination within two years, failing which, a member’s registration may be revoked.

Those that have graduated from an educational institution that is not accredited by the CVMA or AVMA may be eligible for unrestricted membership upon successful completion of the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE) and granting of a Certificate of Qualification from the NEB.

Supervision while holding a Restricted Licence

Until a restricted member has successfully completed the PSA, the member must practice under direct supervision of a practicing veterinarian member.

“Direct supervision” means the direction by a licensed member of another individual who is
performing a veterinary medical procedure, where the licensed member is on the premises at
which the procedure is being performed;

Following successful completion of the PSA, a restricted member practice at a minimum under indirect supervision of a practicing veterinarian member.

“Indirect supervision” means the direction by a licensed member of another individual who is performing a veterinary medical procedure, where the licensed member need not be on the premises at which the procedure is being performed but must be at least available to receive and respond to any communications from that individual in a manner and with timeliness that are reasonable given the nature and the circumstances of the procedure;

Route 2- Educational Program

Complete a Clinical Year at a CVMA/AVMA accredited program

For more information, please click here.

Complete the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE®) Program

Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE®) is an alternative pathway for veterinarians who are graduates of international, non-accredited veterinary programs, to practice in the United States and Canada. For more information about the PAVE® pathway, please click here.

Route 3- Limited Licence- Board Certification

If you are board certified by, or a diplomate of, a veterinary specialty organization that is recognized by the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS), please click here.

Route 4- Limited Licence- Residency

If you are enrolled in a residency program of veterinary specialty organization that is recognized by the AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS), please contact the MVMA office to begin the application process.

Route 5- Limited Licence- Internship

If you are interested in obtaining a limited licence for the purpose of engaging in an internship in Manitoba, please contact the MVMA office for more information.

Route 6- Limited Licence- CVMA/AVMA Accredited Program Graduate without Certification of Qualification

Please contact the MVMA office for more information.

Resources and Considerations

  • Member Lookup
  • Examination Information
  • Experience for the CPE
  • Peer Contacts
  • Supervision Report
Member Lookup

To determine the level of supervision required for a Restricted Member, please consult with the online public directory located here.

Examination Information
  • Presurgical Assessment- More information about the PSA can be found here
  • The Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE)- More information about the CPE can be found on the NEB website:
Experience for the CPE

Under Development

Peer Contacts

Please visit the member side of the website to view supervisors and recent NEB graduates that are willing to share experiences and provide guidance.

Supervision Report

Restricted Members are required to participate in the supervision program and provide a supervision report on an annual basis. The Supervision Report form can be located here.


Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities in Manitoba

Various organizations in Manitoba provide support to graduates of unaccredited programs as they pursue obtaining licensure in Manitoba.

-Manitoba Careers for Internationally educated Professionals Program (IEPs) supports internationally educated professionals towards their goal of working in their professional field in Manitoba. For more information click here.

– Recognition Counts is a program that provides supports to skilled immigrants wishing to work in their fields of expertise or alternative career in Manitoba. For more information click here.

Professional Immigrant Pilot (PIP) Project- Employment Manitoba- assists skilled/professional immigrants to enter their field of expertise in the Canadian labour market. For more information click here.

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ABOUT THE MVMA

Mission: To protect the public through the regulation of veterinary medicine, to support our members and to promote the profession in Manitoba.

Vision: A sustainable veterinary community working together to prioritize the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement: The MVMA is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion across gender identity, ethnicity, religion, age, neurodiversity, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, and marital status. The MVMA membership is multicultural and we value multiple approaches and different points of view in a safe, positive and collaborative environment.

INFORMATION

Become an MVMA Member – Learn about the requirements to become a licensed veterinarian or registered veterinary technologist.

Veterinary Medicine – Find out how veterinary medicine impacts the lives of animals.

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