Once the name has been reviewed for consideration and approved by the ABVMA PIPS Committee you will be informed of the decision by phone. We recommend that you do not have stationary printed, signs made, etc until the name has been approved.
AB.VMA Bylaw re: Name Approval “Article XV, e), f), g)”
e) A facility or entity offering veterinary services to the public shall, prior to the use of any practice name which the facility or entity wishes to use, have its name approved by the PIPS Committee. The PIPS Committee shall be granted the right to ensure that there is no breach of any provisions of the By-laws or Regulations with respect to ethical conduct or general advertising regulations in assessing any proposed practice name.
f) Each facility or entity offering veterinary services shall clearly indicate in their name that veterinary services are provided to the public.
g) The PIPS Committee is authorized and has the authority to refuse the approval of any practice name that:
i) is misleading;
ii) is in bad taste, self laudatory, or otherwise contrary to the honour and dignity of the veterinary profesion
iii) suggest any abuse of trust;
iv) is suggestive of any specialty unless the facility of entity has specific board certification;
v) claims superiority;
vi) claims any guarantee.
Download the 2013/2014 Practice/ Facility Approval Form