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OVMA is the collective voice for more than 5,000 veterinarians in Ontario. As one of the oldest and largest veterinary associations in Canada, our members trust us to offer world-class continuing education, practice management resources, tools to support better mental health and well-beingcareer advice and more. 


Supporting veterinarians’ well-being and professional growth, to contribute to the advancement of animal and human health.


    • IntegrityWe lead by example by taking pride in working honestly and doing what's right. 
    • ConnectionWe nurture relationships and build bridges between people, organizations, generations and cultural groups so they can all flourish. 
    • CommunityWe are community builders and believe we are stronger together. We are enriched by the differences in experience, background and perspective that each person brings. 
    • InnovationWe are trailblazers and lead the veterinary profession by remaining curious and doing things differently. 
    • CareWe strive to make a positive impact on the world around us by taking care of each other, ourselves and our planet. 


The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and rejects discrimination or harassment based on grounds such as race, colour, ancestry, ethnic origin, place of origin, age, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, marital status or disability. Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. 


The well-being of our society and our profession is vital. OVMA is committed to ongoing and active promotion and maintenance of diversity and inclusion in its membership, leadership and organization; to ensuring that its services are provided without bias; and to educating its members regarding the value of diversity and inclusion. 


OVMA is committed to working with the Ontario Veterinary College to ensure that the principles of inclusivity and diversity are reflected in the equitable selection of students, and to make veterinary education more accessible for underrepresented and minority groups. OVMA is also committed to working with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario to ensure that the principles of inclusivity and diversity are reflected in the licensing and regulation of Ontario’s veterinarians. 


OVMA is located on the ancestral and traditional territories of many nations, including the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Huron-Wendat people, and the Haudenosaunee people, which is home to many diverse First Nations, Metis and Inuit people. I commit to better understanding my responsibility to our relationships and the ancestral lands on which we learn, share and live.


    On Sept. 24, 1874, a group of 27 Ontario veterinary surgeons met at the Ontario Veterinary College on Temperence St. in Toronto and formed the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association. 150 years later, we proudly represent thousands of hardworking and passionate veterinarians across our province. While we honour our roots, we are intentionally forward thinking and focused on innovation—we continue to grow, change and stay curious about what the next 150 years will bring. 

The Farley Foundation

OVMA established the Farley Foundation in 2002 to give veterinarians the ability to help low-income pet owners with the unexpected costs of caring for a sick or injured pet.