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University of Guelph

Admissions, Office of Registrarial Services
University Centre, Level 3
University of Guelph
Guelph Ontario N1G 2W1
Telephone: (519) 824-4120, ext. 56060



The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is a world leader in veterinary health care, learning and research.

We work at the intersection of animal, human, and ecosystem health.

Founded in 1862, OVC is the oldest veterinary school in Canada and the United States. OVC is located in On­tario, at the University of Guelph, and is a short drive from one of Canada’s largest and well-known hubs of activity and culture, Toronto. A drive north takes you to the first of Canada’s many popular lakes, known for clear waters and havens of nature.

Academically, OVC is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top universi­ties. In fact, we’re renowned worldwide for excellence in teaching, research and ser­vice, with graduates of the program practicing veteri­nary medicine, conducting research or working in related industry across the globe.

With faculty and administration sharing like-minded ideas on furthering animal care, research and innovative teaching methodologies, OVC offers a rich and intense learning environment to students. Teach­ing hospital and facilities specialize in large and small animals , with dedicated intensive and oncology care, mean the potential for hands-on and applied learning are endless.

The OVC is one of the founding colleges of the Uni­versity of Guelph, a university consistently ranked the top comprehensive university in Ontario and placed among the top three in Canada by Maclean’s Maga­zine. A national survey of university graduates rated the University of Guelph number one in all but one category, putting it at the top of the list of universities graduates would endorse.

One of five veterinary colleges in Canada, OVC is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Asso­ciation, Canadian and American Medical Associations and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of the United Kingdom. OVC grads can be licensed in these countries, giving graduates a spectrum of opportunities.


Each year, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) ac­cepts up to 15 U.S. and international (non-Canadian) students. This year, you could be one of those students!

International applicants must not hold Canadian citizenship (this includes dual citizenship) or Perma­nent Resident status. Students can apply as early as the summer after their Sophomore year provided they have a GPA of 3.2 or over and have done the following 8 prerequisite courses:

                3 Biology




                2 Humanities/Social Sciences


Applicants who receive an offer of admission should be aware that they must meet federal immigration re­quirements for entry into Canada as a student.

Non-Canadian applicants who have fulfilled the aca­demic requirements for the Doctor of Veterinary Medi­cine (DVM) program at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph should apply using the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).


Course Description

Number of Hours/Credits









Humanities/Social Science



Checklist for non-Canadians applying to the Univer­sity of Guelph DVM program

Note: if you hold dual Canadian citizenship you MUST apply as a Canadian.


Complete 2 years of university and the 8 prerequisites within full-time semesters.

Application (October)

Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) online application including:

  •                 3 referee assessments submitted (from 2 veteri­narians and 1 professional)
  •                  Background information
  •                  Application fee (to VMCAS)
  •                  The supplemental application form must be submitted separately:
  •                  If you are already attending or have attended the University of Guelph please apply using the Application for Internal Transfer/Readmission Form.


Information is gathered through the Background In­formation Form (BIF), References, Transcript and GRE scores.


  •                  Academic Background Form with Course Descriptions
  •                  Supplemental fee


You will be assigned a University of Guelph email ac­count with which you can access your WebAdvisor ac­count for updates on your application status.


If selected for an interview, you will be contacted by email. Interviews are 45 minutes long with two mem­bers of faculty and are usually held at the Ontario Vet­erinary College in Guelph. Virtual interviews using professional grade video conferencing are offered on a case by case basis.

At the end of your interview you will be provided with a tour of the college led by a current DVM student.

Applicants will then be notified by email and letter of the final decision regarding their application.

*Application directly to the university of Guelph is also available and forms can be obtained by emailing

If you have questions about the application proce­dure or a current application in progress, please contact:

Deanna Lundmark, Admission Services

519-824-4120 Ext. 56060.

Entrance Requirements


Complete at least two years (4 semesters) of full-time studies in university. Full-time is usually 12 credit hours at a US school.

All prerequisite courses must be completed in ac­ceptable full-time semesters in any year of their uni­versity studies. Courses should be completed within a university undergraduate program - courses taken dur­ing graduate programs, professional programs, and cer­tificate programs are not acceptable.

Students from the US should take a minimum of 12.00 credit hours per semester. Courses must be taken/studied at the same time to ensure an appropri­ate work load. Field courses or any courses that are pursued over one semester and credited in another semester do not count towards the latter semester’s courses for this purpose.

You can study at any accredited university and take any major that interests you. You can apply to the DVM program in your third year, after finishing two years of university. If accepted, you do not need to finish your four-year degree program and can simply transfer to the DVM.

A course that runs the full year will have the credit weight divided equally and half applied to each of the two semesters the course is taken.

Please note that the GPA from your last two full-time semesters, and the average from your 8 prerequisite courses must both be 3.2 or higher in order for you to be considered further for entry to the DVM program.

Prerequisite Courses

3 Biological Sciences (with recommended emphasis on animal biology and one course dealing with cell struc­ture and function)




2 Humanities/social sciences (Consider topics such as ethics, logic, critical thinking, determinants of hu­man behaviour and human social interaction.)

Important Regulations Regarding Acceptable Courses

The specific course requirements listed below must have been completed at the university level before admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program will be considered. Courses do not need to be completed in a designated Pre-Veterinary program.

Courses will not be acceptable if they are repeats of previously passed courses, or if they are taken at the same level or a lower level in a subject area than pre­viously passed courses in the same subject area. This includes courses with significant overlap in content. Students should consider their institution’s course se­quencing in determining if a course is considered the same level.

The DVM Admissions Committee cannot evaluate Honours, Pass-Fail, and Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory grading systems. Applicants should obtain a numerical or letter grade for all required courses and the grades should be certified by the Registrar of the university attended.

A maximum of TWO acceptable distance educa­tion, online courses may be included in a semester. The semester must include a minimum of 12 acceptable credit hours total.

A person’s semester/year level is determined by the number of credits that have been completed success­fully in his or her degree program plus those that are in progress. Once a person has reached 48 credit hours, he or she is considered a third-year student.

Candidates who hold a non-science bachelor’s de­gree in which they did not take some of the prerequisite courses because they were not part of their program may return to university as part of a non-degree semester(s) to gain the prerequisites for DVM. These courses must be assessed by the University of Guelph Admissions Office for content.

Applicants with a degree who have a documented commitment, such as work or family responsibility, can present their case to the Admission Committee requesting the option of completing their academic re­quirements on a part-time basis. This should be done before starting the return to classes. See below for the process.

Failure to comply with the course level rules will re­sult in the exclusion of all coursework from the ineli­gible semester(s) toward a DVM application.

Course Evaluation Request

If you are not studying at the University of Guelph, you must submit up to two options for the courses that you want to use as prerequisites for approval prior to ap­plication.

Requests must include:

  •                  A transcript of university courses completed to date—a photocopy is fine.
  •                  A list of proposed courses for any future semes­ters you are planning.
  •                  A list of the eight courses to be presented as prerequisite courses and detailed course de­scriptions/syllabus for each. You may present one or two choices (no more) for each of the eight. Please be sure to include course codes, titles, and to identify which course is being presented as which prerequisite.
  •                  Your email address and contact information.



Please do not email course evaluation requests. Sub­mit by fax or mail only to:

Deanna Lundmark

Admission Services UC L3

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Fax: 519-766-9481

Appeals Process / Request to Study the Prerequisites During Part-Time Semesters

Individuals wishing to appeal decisions related to ad­missions eligibility may submit a letter detailing their individual circumstance and any letters/documentation of support to:

Chair, Admissions Committee, Ontario Veterinary College

c/o Deanna Lundmark

Admission Services UC L3

University of Guelph

Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Fax: 519-766-9481

Please note that appeals may take up to two months to process, and submitting an appeal in no way guaran­tees a positive response.

Non-academic requirements

Veterinary experience

Veterinary experience may be voluntary or paid, but must be done with a supervising veterinarian in place­ments such as clinical practice, research laboratories, animal shelters, animal rehabilitation facilities, public health settings or another related industry where a vet­erinarian is employed.

Although there are no required number of hours needed for application, it is strongly advised that appli­cants log as many hours as possible. Try working with different species, too, such as swine, cows, horses, exot­ics, dogs, cats, etc.

Experience within Canada and the USA is recom­mended.

Animal experience

Animal experience includes working with livestock, breeding/showing various species, working in a pet store, equestrian activities and any other animal related hobby/experience where a veterinarian is not always present, or does not supervise you. Animal experience does not include pet ownership. Animals are defined as vertebrates for this purpose.

Extracurricular experience

So much of veterinary medicine involves working with people and as part of a team. Jobs and volunteer activi­ties that hone your communication, interpersonal and organizational skills are important. These experiences do not involve animal contact.

Referee assessments

Three only confidential referee assessments comprised of an evaluative grid and a letter are required for each DVM applicant.

The referees have to be qualified to give an unbiased, informed and critical assessment of the applicant. Two of the three referees selected must be veterinarians with whom he or she has obtained veterinary and/or animal experience. There is a strong preference for veterinar­ians from different clinics or workplaces. The goal of having the veterinary references is to have those within the profession assess whether your are a suitable can­didate to join that profession, therefore it is important that the referees understand what is required of veteri­narians in a Canadian/US context.

None of your references should be from family mem­bers, long standing friends, or your colleagues or col­leagues of your family, even if they are veterinarians. These are not considered objective sources. Your refer­ees should be individuals who know you in a supervi­sory or professional context and are able to assess you objectively. Applications from candidates with referee assessments from family, colleagues or friends will not be considered suitable for further consideration and will not be invited for an interview.

Graduate students (those from master’s or doctoral degree programs) may request an additional form to highlight their accomplishments while within their graduate program.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? yes


Estimated Tuition Resident: n/a

Estimated Tuition Contract: n/a

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $53,556.88 Canadian Funds


Resident: n/a

Contract: n/a

Non-Resident: 17


GRE general

VMCAS Participation: full

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 10/2/2014

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