The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) is the professional regulatory organization governing the practice of veterinary medicine in Alberta under the authority of the Veterinary Profession Act. As a self-governing profession, the ABVMA is required to perform its regulatory and professional functions in accordance with the law, and in a manner responsible to the public of Alberta through the Government of Alberta Ministry of Labour.
The ABVMA has been in existence since 1906, when the newly created province passed the "Act Respecting Veterinary Surgeons." There were 43 veterinarians on the ABVMA Roster that year. Today, there are over 1450 Registered Veterinarians, and 1400 Registered Animal Health Technologists practicing in over 524 certified veterinary clinics throughout Alberta. The ABVMA is responsible for ensuring that all veterinarians in the province are qualified to practice veterinary medicine.
The Veterinary Profession Act and its regulations specify the educational requirement and credentials for anyone practicing veterinary medicine in Alberta. As well, they ensure all veterinary practitioners perform their duties in a skillful and professional manner by outlining a very detailed and specific discipline process to which members are held accountable. Provisions are also made to ensure ongoing education and training of members and the regular inspection of veterinary facilities to ensure compliance with accepted practice standards.