Fact Sheet - Veterinarian

Regulated profession (NOC 2021)
Regulatory bodyManitoba Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA)
Regulated titles
  • Veterinarian
National bodiesThe Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada's veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine.

The National Examining Board (NEB) is a body established by the CVMA to administer the NEB veterinary medicine examination process.
Membership associationsThe Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) offers membership to all veterinarians who are licensed to practice in any province. CVMA membership is mandatory for veterinarians in Manitoba.
Registration processSee MVMA - Becoming an MVMA Member.
Credential assessmentAs part of its veterinary medicine examination process, the National Examining Board (NEB) reviews and evaluates credentials of graduates of non-Canadian colleges of veterinary medicine who wish to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Canada when determining the candidate's eligibility to write the examinations.
Language proficiencySee the Language Proficiency Requirement section of the NEB Candidate Information Guide.
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsSee MVMA - Veterinarian Job Postings.

To search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)Below are examples of occupations in the broader field of animal care:

  • 32104 – Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
  • 82030 – Agricultural service contractors and farm supervisors
  • 84120 – Specialized livestock workers and farm machinery operators
  • 80020 – Managers in agriculture
  • 65220 – Pet groomers and animal care workers
  • 22111 – Agricultural and fish products inspectors
  • 21110 – Biologists and related scientists
  • 22110 – Biological technologists and technicians
  • 22100 – Chemical technologists and technicians
  • 62100 – Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade

While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification/registration requirements with a professional regulatory body. Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully. Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.