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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

Founded in 1862, the Ontario Veterinary College is located in Guelph, Ontario; about 97 miles north of Buffalo. Guelph has a similar climate to Detroit and Chicago. Surrounded by gently rolling farmland and known for its safety, friendly people, warm summers and brisk winters, this city of 118,000 is typical of the northeast.
The university has an enrollment of over 18,000 undergraduate students of which 446 are in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. There are also approximately 200 graduate students, 100 faculty and 200 staff members at the veterinary college, which offers degree programs leading to a DVM, MPH, MSc, PhD, Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) and a Graduate Diploma. The college has 4 departments: Population Medicine, Clinical Studies, Biomedical Sciences; and Pathobiology with 10 million $C in research funding from various government and private sector sources. The site features a full-service teaching hospital with both a large animal and a small animal clinic. There are also large, modern research stations for separately housing sheep, swine, and dairy and beef cattle, and a Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. In 2010 we opened our new Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, a unique educational centre ensuring OVC will continue to be an international leader in learning, teaching and research in companion animal primary health care and service delivery.
Application Information

For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

Residency implications: International applicants will be considered provided the applicant does not hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada. There is a maximum of 15 international positions available per year. There is a maximum of 105 seats available per year for Canadians: 100 undergraduate and 5 graduate.
Prerequisites for Admission
Course requirements and semester hours: Students must first complete a minimum of two full-time years (four full-time semesters) of university including specific university courses. Students initially apply for admission to a science degree program. For the purpose of DVM admission, a full-time semester will include at least 5 one-semester courses equivalent to 15 credit hours. Once the prerequisite courses are completed successfully, students apply for admission to the DVM Program. The subject matter requirements listed below must have been completed before admission to the DVM program will be considered.
Course requirements and semesters
Cell biology                                                                                                                                                                   

Biological sciences (emphasis on animal Biology
Genetics 1
Biochemistry 1
Statistics (with a university-level calculus prerequisite) 1
Humanities or social sciences* 2
* Students entering the DVM program should be able to operate across discipline boundaries recognizing the relevance of the humanities and social sciences to their career choice. In selecting these courses from among those acceptable, the prospective veterinary student should consider topics such as ethics, logic, critical thinking, determinants of human behavior, and human social interaction.
Required courses proposed to be completed at an institution other than the University of Guelph should be approved as acceptable prior to course registration. Applicants are required to request approval for courses in writing. Course descriptions must be included with the request. Courses will not be acceptable if they are repeats of previously passed courses, or if they are taken at the same or a lower level in a subject area than previously passed courses in the same subject area. It is expected that the required undergraduate preparation for the DVM program will be completed in a full-time coherent academic program.
Required undergraduate GPA: students with a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale based on the cumulative average, average of the required courses and the last two semesters in full-time attendance at university may be further considered.
Course completion deadline: required courses must be completed by August 31 of the year prior to application in order to be further considered. For example for fall 2014 entry courses must be completed by August 31, 2013.
Standardized examinations: Non-Canadian applicants submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. The code for GRE scores is 0892. For Canadian applicants Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required. Test scores must be received no later than December 1 of the year prior to application.
Additional requirements and considerations
Reasons for choosing a career in veterinary medicine
Quality of preparatory academic program
Experience and knowledge in matters relating to animals and to the veterinary medical profession
Experience and achievement in extracurricular affairs and/or community service activities
Communication skills
Three confidential referee assessments comprised of an evaluative form 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 that applicants select 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.
Supplemental form: An Academic Background Form accompanied by course descriptions is required of all applicants. The Form is available here:
Summary of Admission Procedure

VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Document Deadline: December 1, 2013
Date interviews are held: November–March
Date acceptances mailed: November–March
School begins: September

Please note that late applications will be considered if seats remain open. If you are interested in applying directly to OVC after these deadlines, please contact Elizabeth Lowenger < >.
Deposit (to hold place in class): A non-refundable deposit of $3,000.00 Cdn is due after an offer of acceptance is made to hold a seat in the class.
2012 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
Residents 300 105
International Residents 136   11
Total 436 116
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident $8,609.50 $C
Visa student $53,554.58 $C
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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