Membership in the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) is mandatory in order to practise optometry in Manitoba. Optometric students completing an externship in Manitoba must also register with MAO prior to beginning their externship.
All optometric students completing an externship in Manitoba must register with the Manitoba Association of Optometrists prior to beginning their externship. This is a requirement of provincial legislation. If you are an optometric student who plans to complete an externship in Manitoba, visit our Student Externship Requirements page for details.
Optometrists are primary health care professionals trained to examine, diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent diseases and disorders of the visual system. The eyes are the second most complex organ in the human body after the brain. Working with the complex vision system, optometry can offer a range of opportunities for an interesting and rewarding career.