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
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:
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.
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).
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
SUMMARY OF ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
non-Canadians applying to the University of Guelph DVM program
Note: if you hold dual Canadian citizenship you MUST apply as a
Complete 2 years of university and the 8 prerequisites within
Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) online
Information is gathered through the Background Information Form
(BIF), References, Transcript and GRE scores.
Academic Background Form with Course Descriptions
You will be assigned a University of Guelph email account with
which you can access your WebAdvisor account for updates on your application
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions
about the application procedure or a current application in progress, please
519-824-4120 Ext. 56060.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Biological Sciences
(with recommended emphasis on animal biology and one course dealing with cell
structure and function)
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
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.
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.
maximum of TWO acceptable distance education, online courses may be included
in a semester. The semester must include a minimum of 12 acceptable credit
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
A list of proposed courses for any future semesters you are
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
Your email address and contact information.
Please do not email
course evaluation requests. Submit by fax or mail only to:
Admission Services UC L3
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Appeals Process / Request to Study the Prerequisites During
Individuals wishing to appeal decisions
related to admissions eligibility may submit a letter detailing their
individual circumstance and any letters/documentation of support to:
Admissions Committee, Ontario Veterinary College
Services UC L3
ON N1G 2W1
note that appeals may take up to two months to process, and submitting an
appeal in no way guarantees a positive response.
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.
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.
within Canada and the USA is recommended.
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.
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.
Three only confidential
referee assessments comprised of an evaluative grid and a letter are required
for each DVM applicant.
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.
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