M-8, r. 13 - Regulation respecting the standards for equivalence for the issue of a permit or specialist’s certificate by the Ordre professionnel des médecins vétérinaires du Québec

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chapter M-8, r. 13
Regulation respecting the standards for equivalence for the issue of a permit or specialist’s certificate by the Ordre professionnel des médecins vétérinaires du Québec
VETERINARY SURGEONS — PERMIT — STANDARDS FOR EQUIVALENCE
Veterinary Surgeons Act
(chapter M-8, s. 3).
M-8
Professional Code
(chapter C-26, s. 93, par. c).
C-26
September 1 2012
O.C. 280-93; O.C. 837-94, s. 1.
1. The secretary of the Ordre professionnel des médecins vétérinaires du Québec shall forward a copy of this Regulation to a candidate wishing to have a diploma issued by an educational institution outside Québec recognized as equivalent for the issue of a permit or specialist’s certificate.
The secretary shall also forward a copy of this Regulation to a candidate wishing to have training recognized as equivalent for the issue of a permit or specialist’s certificate.
O.C. 280-93, s. 1; O.C. 837-94, s. 2.
1.1. In this Regulation,
“diploma equivalence” means the recognition by the board of directors of the Order that a diploma issued by an educational institution outside Québec certifies that a candidate’s level of knowledge is equivalent to the level that may be attained by the holder of a diploma recognized as giving access to a permit or a specialist’s certificate, as the case may be;
“training equivalence” means the recognition by the board of directors that a candidate’s training demonstrates that he has attained a level of knowledge equivalent to the level attained by the holder of a diploma recognized as giving access to a permit or a specialist’s certificate, as the case may be;
“specialty recognized by the board of directors” means a specialty defined in accordance with the regulation made under paragraph e of section 94 of the Professional Code (chapter C-26).
O.C. 679-96, s. 2.
DIVISION I
EQUIVALENCE OF DIPLOMAS AND TRAINING FOR THE ISSUE OF A PERMIT
O.C. 837-94, s. 3; O.C. 679-96, s. 3.
2. A candidate applying for a diploma or training equivalence for the issue of a permit shall provide the secretary with the following supporting documents:
(1)  the candidate’s academic record and a description of the courses taken, with the number of credits for each course and the marks obtained;
(2)  proof that the diploma was issued;
(3)  proof that the diploma is officially recognized; and
(4)  the candidate’s résumé, including attestations of relevant work experience.
Documents written in a language other than French or English shall be accompanied by a translation.
O.C. 280-93, s. 2; O.C. 837-94, ss. 4 and 5; O.C. 679-96, ss. 4 and 5.
3. A candidate holding a diploma in veterinary medicine issued by an educational institution outside Québec shall be granted a diploma equivalence if the diploma was issued upon completion of undergraduate university-level studies or the equivalent comprising not less than 183 credits, with each credit corresponding to 15 hours of theory, 30 hours of laboratory work or 45 hours of clinical practice. The credits shall be apportioned as follows:
(1)  General (Biometry, ethics, ethology, introduction to clinical work): not less than 7 credits;
(2)  Morphology (Anatomy, histology, embryology, mammalogy, genetics): not less than 35 credits;
(3)  Physiology (Biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, nutrition, endocrinology, feeding): not less than 32 credits;
(4)  Bacteriology (Microbiology, bacteriology, virology, immunology, parasitology, toxicology): not les than 16 credits;
(5)  Pathology (General and systemic): not less than 27 credits;
(6)  Medicine and surgery (Anesthesiology, surgery, ophtalmology, surgical exercices, medicine of systems and species, introduction to clinical work): not less than 35 credits;
(7)  Herd medicine (Animal production, epizootic diseases, regulatory medicine): not less than 11 credits;
(8)  Clinical practice (Equine, bovine, canine and feline clinics, theriogenology, diagnostic laboratory): not less than 20 credits.
O.C. 280-93, s. 3; O.C. 679-96, s. 6.
4. Notwithstanding section 3, where the diploma in respect of which an equivalence application has been filed was issued 5 or more years prior to the application, a diploma equivalence shall be denied if the candidate’s level of knowledge, taking into account developments in the profession, no longer corresponds to the knowledge currently being taught in an educational institution that issues a diploma recognized as meeting permit requirements.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a diploma equivalence shall be granted if the candidate’s relevant work experience and training since being issued the diploma have enabled the candidate to acquire the required level of knowledge.
O.C. 280-93, s. 4.
4.1. A candidate who does not hold a diploma recognized as valid by regulation of the Government or a diploma recognized equivalent by regulation of the board of directors of the Order may have his training recognized as equivalent where the candidate demonstrates that he has attained a level of knowledge equivalent to the level that may be acquired upon completion of undergraduate university-level studies, as described in section 3, and that he has acquired relevant work experience during the 5 years preceding the application for the issue of a permit.
O.C. 679-96, s. 7.
5. The secretary shall forward the documents prescribed in section 2 to the committee set up by the board of directors to examine diploma and training equivalence applications and make an appropriate recommendation.
At the first meeting following the date of receipt of the recommendation, the board of directors shall decide, in accordance with this Regulation, whether to grant the diploma or training equivalence and shall notify the candidate in writing within 15 days following its decision.
O.C. 280-93, s. 5; O.C. 679-96, s. 8.
6. Within 15 days following a decision not to grant a diploma or training equivalence, the board of directors shall notify the candidate in writing of the number of credits and of the courses that are lacking or that do not meet the requirements of section 3, and shall indicate the programs of study, the training periods or the examinations that, taking into account the candidate’s current level of knowledge, must be successfully completed for the equivalence to be granted.
O.C. 280-93, s. 6; O.C. 679-96, s. 9.
7. A candidate who receives the information referred to in section 6 may apply to the board of directors for a hearing, provided that the candidate applies to the secretary in writing within 30 days following the date on which the decision not to grant a training or diploma equivalence is mailed.
The board of directors shall grant a hearing within 45 days following the date of receipt of an application for a hearing and, where expedient, shall revise its decision. To that end, the secretary shall convene the candidate by means of a notice in writing sent by registered mail not less than 10 days before the date of the hearing.
The board of director’s decision is final and shall be sent to the candidate in writing 30 days following the date of the hearing.
O.C. 280-93, s. 7; O.C. 679-96, s. 10.
DIVISION II
EQUIVALENCE OF DIPLOMAS AND TRAINING FOR THE ISSUE OF A SPECIALIST’S CERTIFICATE
O.C. 837-94, s. 6.
7.1. A candidate applying for a diploma or training equivalence for the issue of a specialist’s certificate shall provide the secretary with those documents among the following that are necessary to support his application:
(1)  the candidate’s academic record for studies at the master’s level and a description of the courses taken, with the number of credits for each course and the marks obtained;
(2)  proof that the diploma attesting to his training in a specialty recognized by the board of directors was issued;
(3)  a document attesting to the candidate’s participation in training sessions;
(4)  the candidate’s résumé, including attestations of work experience in a specialty recognized by the board of directors.
Documents written in a language other than French or English shall be accompanied by a translation.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6; O.C. 679-96, s. 11.
7.2. A candidate holding a diploma issued by an educational institution outside Québec shall be granted a diploma equivalence if the diploma was issued upon completion of a master’s program or the equivalent comprising not less than 108 credits in a specialty recognized by the board of directors, with each credit corresponding to 15 hours of theory, 30 hours of laboratory work or 45 hours of clinical practice.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6.
7.3. Notwithstanding section 7.2, where the diploma in respect of which an equivalence application has been filed was issued 5 or more years prior to the application, a diploma equivalence shall be denied if the candidate’s level of knowledge, taking into account developments in the profession, no longer corresponds to the knowledge currently being taught in an educational institution that issues a diploma recognized as giving access to a specialist’s certificate.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a diploma equivalence shall be granted if the candidate’s relevant work experience and training since being issued the diploma have enabled the candidate to acquire the required level of knowledge.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6.
7.4. Subject to section 7.5, a candidate shall be granted a training equivalence where he demonstrates that he has at least 5 years of relevant work experience in a specialty recognized by the board of directors and a level of knowledge equivalent to the level that may be attained upon completion of a master’s program in the specialty covered by the equivalence application.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6; O.C. 679-96, s. 12.
7.5. To determine whether a candidate has the level of knowledge required by section 7.4, the board of directors shall take the following factors into account:
(1)  the diploma or diplomas obtained by the candidate in Québec or elsewhere;
(2)  the courses taken with the number of credits for each course;
(3)  the training sessions and other training or upgrading activities in the field or specialization covered by the equivalence application;
(4)  the total number of years of schooling; and
(5)  the work experience in the field of specialization covered by the application.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6.
7.6. The secretary shall forward the documents prescribed in section 7.1 to the committee set up by the board of directors to examine equivalence applications and make an appropriate recommendation.
At the first meeting following the date of receipt of the recommendation, the board of directors shall decide, in accordance with this Regulation, whether to grant the diploma equivalence or the training equivalence and shall notify the candidate in writing within 15 days following its decision.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6.
7.7. Sections 6 and 7 apply to this Division, with the necessary modifications.
O.C. 837-94, s. 6.
8. (Omitted).
O.C. 280-93, s. 8.
REFERENCES
O.C. 280-93, 1993 G.O. 2, 1876
O.C. 837-94, 1994 G.O. 2, 2206
O.C. 679-96, 1996 G.O. 2, 2739
S.Q. 2008, c. 11, s. 212