Registration as a Veterinarian in BC

Revised to 21 March 2016

Under the Veterinarians Act of British Columbia, the Registrar on review of an application for registration will either grant registration or, if not satisfied that the registration requirements have been met, will forward the application to the Registration Committee for direction as to whether to grant registration with any restrictions deemed necessary or to hold a Registration Hearing.

An examination on the CVBC bylaws is a requirement for registration. The bylaw exam is held 4 times a year in February, May, August and November in North Vancouver, and once a year in April at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

1st Step - Before you apply to the CVBC, see the NEB

Occupational Competency Requirement

Please note that generally new applicants for registration must have a Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the National Examining Board (NEB) of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) before they are eligible to apply for registration to practice veterinary medicine in the province of British Columbia in the private practice or temporary registration for an external licensed veterinarian classes of registration, or to apply in any other province in Canada. This does not apply to applicants applying for registration under the Veterinarians Act of British Columbia and s. 36, pursuant to the CVBC bylaws, s. 123, ‘Transferring registration (labour mobility within Canada)’, for applicants applying for specialty private practice registration, and it may not apply to applicants applying for public sector registration.

Please see the website for the CVMA for further information on the CQ and the NEB at