University of Calgary

University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Admissions
TRW 2D03, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6
Telephone: 403.220.8699
Facsimile: 403.210.8121


The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) offers a four-year professional degree leading to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Completion of at least 4 or more semesters of full-time post-secondary instruction at a recognized university or at a college providing university-equivalency in coursework is required prior to application to the DVM program.


Access to the online application form for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine can be found on the website ( Applicants must be Alberta residents, as defined by the Province of Alberta. The Alberta Government Guidelines within the Student Financial Assistance Regulations will be used to determine residency status. Details of these requirements can be found on the Alberta Government website at: Proof of Alberta residency will be required with your application. Applicants must be Alberta residents at the time of application, as defined by the Province of Alberta.

Completed application forms include the following: complete personal information; a signed statement verifying Alberta residency status and verifying completion of the academic requirements; post-secondary transcripts submitted by the appropriate academic institution; a statement of work experience; and a statement of major extra-curricular activities. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the reporting institution to the UCVM Admissions Office.

English language proficiency must be demonstrated for all applicants for whom English is not their first language.


The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine accepts 30-34 DVM students per year. The Admissions Committee recommends students for admission to the program on the basis of academic and non-academic factors. Students are assessed academically on performance in their last four full undergraduate terms and in ten required courses. Selected applicants are invited for an interview where non-academic factors are assessed. On interview day, applicants are required to complete an on-site essay and participate in a series of interviews and other activities. Applicants must attend interview day at their own expense. There is no entrance exam or requirement to complete the MCAT or GRE exams.

Consistent with UCVM’s mandate, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the attributes for successful careers in veterinary practice that support rural development and sustainability, and for careers related to our areas of emphasis. While no specific animal or veterinary-related experience is required, such experience is an asset. Understanding of the veterinary profession and animal industries relevant to the applicant’s career interests is expected. This can be obtained through practical experience or through other means.

Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision in June.


All successful applicants are required to forward $500.00 deposit within 15 working days of notification of admission. Failure to do so may result in the position being assigned to another applicant. Such deposits will be applied to the first year’s fees. An applicant who accepts a position but later rescinds his or her acceptance will forfeit the entire $500.00 deposit. Successful applicants are required to have or receive immunization for tetanus and rabies following admission.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? no


Estimated Tuition Resident: 10,860 CDN

VMCAS Participation: no

Accepts International Students? no