Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association Council and Officers  2016-2017

President Dr. Melissa Burgoyne
Vice-President Dr. Barry MacEachern
Treasurer Dr. Adva Barkai-Ronayne
Past President Dr. Leighann Hartnett
Council Members

Dr. Anthony Snyder 
Dr. Jennifer McKay
Dr. Melissa Aucoin
Laurel MacIntosh (RVT)

CVMA Representative Dr. Troye McPherson
Public Member on Council Glenis Sullivan
Registrar Dr. Frank Richardson


Incorporated under the Veterinary Medical Act of the Province of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association (NSVMA) holds the responsibility to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine and to govern its members in accordance with this Act, regulations and the by-laws in order that the public interest may be served and protected.

As defined in the Act, “the practice of veterinary medicine means the practice of veterinary medicine, surgery or dentistry, including the examining, diagnosing, manipulating and treating of patients for the prevention, alleviation or correction of a disease, injury, condition, defect or lesion in an animal with or without the use of any instrument, appliance, drug or biologics, and includes prescribing and dispensing medications, research, teaching and the giving of advice by electronic or any means, with respect to any of the foregoing.”

The Association serves and protects the public interest by: (a) regulating the practice of veterinary medicine through the establishment of registration, professional-conduct and facilities-inspection processes set out in the Veterinary Medical Act, the regulations and the by-laws of the Association; (b) establishing and promoting standards of professional practice and a Code of Ethics; and (c) advancing and promoting the practice of veterinary medicine.

The NSVMA Council is the governing body authorized to carry out the purposes of the Association. The Council consists of nine members. Eight members are veterinarians who are elected by their peers, and one is a public member - a non-veterinarian appointed by the Governor-in-Council. The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association is an exempt not-for-profit organization under Section 149 (I) (I) of the Income Tax Act.

The Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association (NSVMA) is incorporated under the Veterinary Medical Act of the Province of Nova Scotia. The objectives of the Association are to serve and protect the public interest by:
(a) regulating the practice of veterinary medicine through the establishment of registration, professional-conduct and facilities-inspection processes set out in the Veterinary Medical Act, the regulations and the by-laws of the Association;
(b) establishing and promoting standards of professional practice and a Code of Ethics; and
(c) advancing and promoting the practice of veterinary medicine.