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Governing Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians


Fisheries and Land Resources


Section 6 of the Veterinary Medical Act, 2004


No Remuneration


The Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians objective is to serve and protect the public though the regulation of veterinary practice. The Governing Board oversees the registration, licensing, professional conduct of veterinarians and the facilities they practice from. It does so through the creation of by-laws, code of ethics, and clinic standards, as well as primary complaints investigations. Information about the NL College of Veterinarians can be found at our website:https://sites.google.com/site/nlvetcollege/


The Governing Board is comprised of:

- 4 directors elected from and by the members of the NL College of Veterinarians (in accordance with section 10 of The Veterinary Medical Act)

- 1 government appointed director (under section 7, The Veterinary Medical Act) who is not a veterinarian

- the registrar elected (in accordance with section 10, The Veterinary Medical Act), who shall not vote on a matter before the board.

Competency Profile:

The practice of veterinary medicine encompasses an extensive range fields and species with broad reaching implications. Those who make up the Governing Board should collectively possess the following core competencies.

  • A solid foundation in board governance and a working knowledge of self-governing associations.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Understanding of a variety of fields of veterinary medicine and its application in a variety of levels of government.
  • Experience with different types of animals.
  • Knowledge of human or animal health.


The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • high ethical standards and integrity
  • appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions;
  • capable of a wide perspective on issues;
  • ability to listen and work as a team member;
  • no direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • strong reasoning skills

Time Commitments:

The entire membership of the NL College of Veterinarians are expected to participate in the Annual General Meeting (held in November). Members of the Governing Board should be available to meet at least monthly, with additional meetings required during active complaints investigations. Board members may also be expected to spend additional time to review materials and prepare for Board and Committee meetings.


The appointed director holds office a term of 2 years and is eligible to be re-appointed. Where a person appointed holds office for a period of 4 consecutive years the person is not eligible for appointment as a director until the expiration of 12 months from the end of the year in wish he/she last held office as a director. Where the term of office of an appointed director expires, he/she continues to be a director until re-appointment or replaced.

Additional Information:

The appointed director is not a paid position; however the college shall pay the expenses of a director appointed in accordance with guidelines established by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council.

Vacancy Profile:

The Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians is seeking to fill one government appointed director position on their governing board. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Preference will be given to applicants with previous involvement/experience with boards, commissions or agencies. Extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine is not a requirement for this position.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
McDonald, Ms. ImeldaPublic Interest RepresentativeMinisterial2015-09-032017-09-02

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