Program Updates & Annual Activities

Important Program Updates

Effective Immediately, January 29, 2019:

Inactive Status may not exceed three (3) years, and no Inactive Status fee is required. The CVPM Board voted to approve the reduction in time to bring Inactive Status in line with current renewal cycle. The policy change affords CVPM members one extra cycle should they need it for extenuating circumstances such as significant illness, military leave, family leave, etc.

Effective Immediately, January 29, 2019:

CVPMRetired Status is now available to qualifying CVPM members. CVPMRetired Status allows retiring CVPMs an option to retain their designation after they leave the profession. Members in good standing who are no longer active in the veterinary industry in any capacity may request Retired status. Fees are determined by the Board and may change from time-to-time. Retired members may use the CVPMRetired designation (the word “Retired” must be appended to the designation) to signify to the industry and public that they are no longer active and do not currently meet the program’s standards. Retired members who return to the profession in any capacity are required to successfully complete the application and examination process again to be reactivated. Retired status must be approved by the CVPM Board prior to the member’s certificate expiration.

Approved January 29, 2019:

The CVPM Board shall now consist of four (4) Officers (Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary), up to two (2) Directors, a Public Member, and the Immediate Past Chairperson. The CVPM Board voted to remove the requirement that mandated Canadian and Veterinarian representatives serve on the Board. The Canadian and Veterinarian requirement created barriers to finding qualified Board Members, additionally, Canadian and Veterinarian membership is not significant to warrant specific representation on the Board. The positions were converted to Directors at Large to create more opportunities for CVPM members to serve on the Board. The new rules will be effective for the 2019 CVPM Board elections.

Approved January 29, 2019:

No two members from or representing the same organization, practice or group of practices under the same ownership or management may hold office (CVPM Board) simultaneously (includes educational and consulting organizations). The CVPM Board feels this ensures there is no undue influence or over representation from any one organization on the Board. The new rules will be effective for the 2019 CVPM Board elections.

Effective January 1, 2018:

The CVPM Board amended the program re-examination policy effective January 1, 2018. Once approved, the candidate's application is active for two (2) years from the date of acceptance. Candidates have two (2) years to earn the CVPM certification before their application expires. Candidates that do not earn certification prior to their application's expiration must apply again to continue to take the examination. Applicants approved prior to January 1, 2018 will be granted one additional two (2) year window if they do not pass the exam - consistent with the prior policy. Candidates that do not earn certification within that two (2) year window must apply again to continue to take the examination.

Annual Activities

The CVPM Board is pleased to report our 2018 certificant profile report:

  • 69 CVPM certifications were awarded in 2018

  • The 2018 examination pass rate was 64%

  • At the end of 2018, there were a total of 570 CVPM members