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Veterinarians diagnose animal illnesses, treat diseased and injured animals, perform surgery and dentistry, provide preventive medical services, and provide advice regarding the care and breeding of animals, food safety and security, research, regulation, and public health.


Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA)
Commerce Park South
Building E, Suite 300
4803 - 87th Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T6E 0V3

Call: 780-489-5007
Toll-free: 1-800-404-2862
Fax: 780-484-8311



Under Alberta’s Veterinary Profession Act [pdf] and Veterinary Profession General Regulation [pdf], registration with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) is mandatory. Only registered members may practice as veterinarians or use the titles veterinarian or veterinary surgeon or the abbreviation DVM.

However, registered veterinary technologists may provide veterinary services under the supervision of a registered veterinarian.



What You Need

To register as a veterinarian in Alberta, you need to have successfully completed:

Graduates from non-accredited universities must complete:

  • Basic Clinical Skills Exam (BCSE)
  • Preliminary Surgical Assessment (PSA)
  • Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE)

All applicants require a Certificate of Qualification from the CVMA.

There are other registration categories for veterinarians. For details about this and all registration requirements, contact the ABVMA or visit the ABVMA website.

Working in Alberta

Veterinarians who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the ABVMA website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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