Amendments to the Veterinary Medical Act was introduced today

May 20, 2015

Earlier today, the Manitoba government introduced a bill with amendments to the Veterinary Medical Act. This legislation governs how veterinarians and technologists are registered and regulated by the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association. MAHTA was consulted by the province as the legislation was drafted to ensure the views and concerns of technologists were incorporated into the legislation.

The legislation focuses primarily on ensuring veterinary clinic clients get a clear upfront price when they get care for their pets, but it includes important changes for technologists including:

  • Adding technologist representatives to the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association’s council to ensure technologists play a governance role with their regulator and the complaints process
  • Ensuring technologists get to vote on MVMA by-laws that affect technologists
  • Allowing for a more formal relationship to be developed between MAHTA and MVMA to ensure technologists have a seamless relationship with both organizations
  • Updating technologists’ titles from Animal Health Technologist to Veterinary Technologist effective October 2016. This reflects the trend across Canada and responds to requests from many members who want to use the new title. After the amendments pass, AHTs will be able to use either title until October 2016.

MAHTA will follow the legislative process closely to ensure technologists’ concerns are well-represented.

For more information:

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Taraschuk at office@mahta.ca