The mandate of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC) is to ensure that the public and animals of B.C. are served by a competent and ethical profession.  To do this the CVBC must set and enforce standards of practice and conduct that apply to all veterinarians in B.C.

The Veterinarians Act creates the CVBC and sets out its general powers and duties relating to the regulation and advancement of the veterinary profession in BC.  The Act also prohibits the unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine by any person who is not a registered member of the CVBC.  The CVBC will intervene in clear cases of unauthorized practice.

The CVBC administers this mandate through the Council, which governs and oversees the College and its activities.  The Council, except for public members who are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council or Minister, are elected by the members of the CVBC pursuant to the Veterinarians Act and the CVBC/BCVMA Bylaws.