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Contributing to high standards in bridge training

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

College of VETERINARIANS of Ontario

College of VETERINARIANS of Ontario


This practice helps to ensure that bridge training adequately prepares participants to pass the theoretical and clinical exams required for licensure.

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) has partnered with the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association to create the Veterinary Skills Training & Enhancement Program (VSTEP). This partnership ensures access to high quality instructors and facilities, with program delivery taking place at the Ontario Veterinary College during the summer months.

VSTEP is a program of immersion in veterinary medicine as taught in Canada, offering 470 hours of academic labs and lectures, followed by supervised clinical placements. The program helps participants to prepare for and pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE).

CVO works for the success of bridging participants by sitting on the Board of Directors of the VSTEP project, and holding an annual meeting with bridging participants. VSTEP thus demonstrates the key qualities of successful bridging programs. Research shows that two important predictors of success are the inclusion of a mentoring or internship component and close collaboration between the program provider and the regulator.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 16, 2013