Register in Alberta as a Veterinarian - Step 1:
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Information Regarding Registration With The AB.VMA
Applying for Membership with the
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AB.VMA)
Please Note: This information is a summary listed for your convenience only.
This summary does not cover all the legislation, guidelines or bylaws and is intended as a reference only.
Applying for Membership with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
The Veterinary Profession Act of Alberta and the General Regulations to the Act, specify the conditions that must be met in order for a Veterinarian to be granted Membership in the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association and subsequently be allowed to practice Veterinary Medicine in the Province.
There are three broad areas of licensure you may apply for:
General Practice License
Restricted (Temporary or Short Term) (under supervision of someone holding a General License).
Limited License (practice limited in scope)
To obtain any license all Veterinarians must:
A. Establish that he/she is a Veterinarian
B. Be able to communicate in English
C. Provide that he/she has the academic credentials in the license category that he/she is applying for
D. Verify his/her identification
E. Be a Canadian Citizen or be entitled to work in Canada
F. Provide proof that he/she is of good moral character
General Practice License (unrestricted):
A, B, and C requirements are fulfilled by submitting a Certificate of Qualification from the National Examining Board of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
Restricted Membership (temporary or short term) (supervised):
A ,B, and C requirements are fulfilled by submitting a passing score on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) and a letter of approval from the NEB stating that the applicant is qualified to proceed to the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE).
Is supervised by a veterinarian who holds a General Practice License.
Limited Licensure (limited scope of practice): ***See Footnote***
A and B requirements are fulfilled by submitting a letter from the NEB stating that the applicant is eligible to enter into the examination sequence, starting with the Basic Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE).
C requirement is fulfilled by having advanced or unique veterinary credentials. The verified credentials must be appropriate for the area of employment that the individual seeks, and the limitations placed on the applicant’s scope of practice will reflect this. Generally these credentials will be a Board Certification, Masters Degree, Doctor of Philosophy Degree or other recognized veterinary training acceptable to the Registration Committee.
Additionally, all applicants are required to submit:
D. Evidence satisfactory to the Committee of his/her identification
· notarized recent photograph of the applicant
E. Evidence satisfactory to the committee that the applicant is a Canadian Citizen or lawfully entitled to work in Canada
· Social Insurance Number
· Work Visa
· any other documentation regarding status in Canada
F. Evidence satisfactory to the Committee that he/she is of good moral character
· Letters of Good Standing from all Professional Organizations to which the applicant has been a member of
· Character reference letters
· two references from veterinarians, one of whom shall be a recent supervisor or employer and one person who is not a veterinarian or family member
· consent must be given that the Committee may solicit information not submitted, including a criminal record search if they deem necessary.
All applicants must submit the completed application form provided by the Registration Committee. All documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a notarized translation into English, and payment of all non-refundable application fees must be enclosed. Full payment of dues must be received before final approval is granted, and should accompany the application.
All accepted General Practice and Limited Licensure applicants are also required to attend in person at the next AB.VMA Registration Day.
Scope of Practice limitations that might be considered include:
employment by a federal or provincial government agency with activity limited to the activity specified for that employment
employment by virtue of an academic appointment or other suitable engagement in an academic institution acceptable to the Registration Committee
appointee in an internship, residency or graduate studies program recognized by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association or as acceptable to the Registration Committee.
Licensees in this category without the NAVLE require immediate supervision
Licensees in this category with the NAVLE may only require indirect supervision
engagement in private practice by a veterinarian where the requirement for supervision and range of skills practiced is consistent with the credentials provided
employment in private practice in an instructional capacity for veterinarians who have graduated but have not yet completed the BCSE or NAVLE (under immediate supervision)
Immediate Supervision is defined as the supervising veterinarian being within sight or hearing range of the supervised person
Direct supervision is defined as the supervising veterinarian being on the same premises as the supervised person and being readily available
Indirect Supervision is defined as the supervising veterinarian being on the premises at least once a day during which time the veterinarian has in-person communication with the supervised person
If you need any further assistance please contact Margaret Massey at the AB.VMA Office at email@example.com, or call us at either (780) 489-5007 or toll-free at 1-800-404-2862.
Veterinarians holding a General Practice license in any other province in Canada may be eligible for registration via Labour Mobility, and are asked to contact the ABVMA office prior to submission of their application.
APPLICATION, TRANSFER AND MEMBERSHIP FEES:
All new applicants are required to submit an Application Fee plus GST for. All transfers of membership categories are subject to a Transfer Fee plus GST except during annual renewal time from November 1st through December 31st of any calendar year. All categories of membership are subject to Membership Fees, which will include an AB.VMA Membership Fee and applicable GST, CVMA Membership Fee and applicable GST. See the breakdown of fees as listed in separate charts.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION:
All Active members of the AB.VMA must be members of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).
Renewal for memberships is due on the first day of January each year.
Member must fill out the Mandatory Statement of Continuing Education for the year as indicated on their invoice.
If applicable, members who are Time Limited General Licensee members must fill out the mandatory Employment Record Submission Form for the year as indicated on their invoice. This form is in addition to their annual renewal invoice form.
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