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University of Prince Edward Island


Registrar’s Office
Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown PEI C1A 4P3
Telephone: (902) 566-0781

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), one of the newest colleges of veterinary medicine in North America, opened in 1986 and is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK).
Centrally located on Canada’s eastern seaboard (650 miles northeast of Boston), the Atlantic Veterinary College makes its home in a beautiful island setting in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. With a population of 138,000, which jumps to over a million during the summer tourist season, the community enjoys a small-town lifestyle that boasts the amenities of larger cities, including dining and theatre. Residents also enjoy outdoor activities, such as golfing, cycling, sailing, and cross-country skiing.
The college is a completely integrated teaching, research, and service facility. The four-story complex contains the veterinary teaching hospital, diagnostic services, fish health unit, farm services, postmortem services, animal barns, laboratories, classrooms, computer and audio-visual facilities, offices, cafeteria, and study areas.
Prince Edward Island is a scenic province with a wide variety of dairy, beef, hog, sheep, horse, and fish farms. The combination and variety of animal and fish farms have allowed AVC to develop a special expertise in fish health, aquaculture, and population medicine.
Application Information
For specific application information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.
Residency implications: Atlantic Veterinary College contracts with New Brunswick (13), Newfoundland (3), Nova Scotia (16), and the home province P.E.I. (10). International students are admitted on a noncontract basis (up to 21).
Prerequisites for Admission
The preveterinary program leading to admission at the Atlantic Veterinary College will normally be completed within the context of a 2-year science program.

Course requirements

Twenty 1-semester courses or equivalent are required. Normally, these courses must be completed while the applicant is enrolled as a full-time student carrying at least 3 courses per semester, at a minimum of 9 semester hours’ credit excluding labs. Science courses will normally have a laboratory component and be completed within 6 years of the date of application. Exceptional circumstances will be given consideration; however, it is necessary for all applicants to demonstrate the ability to master difficult subject matter in the context of full-time activity.
Courses must include:
Mathematics 1 course
Statistics 1 course
Biological sciences 2 courses, with labs (emphasis on Animal Biology*)
Microbiology 1 course with lab
Genetics 1 course
Chemistry 3 courses with labs, one being Organic Chemistry
Physics 1 course with lab
English 2 courses, one being English Composition
Humanities and social sciences 3 courses
Electives 5 courses from any discipline
* Examples of animal biology courses include first-year general biology, vertebrate anatomy, vertebrate histology, vertebrate physiology, vertebrate zoology, molecular biology, and cell biology.
Applicants are encouraged to work towards an undergraduate degree. It is recommended that applicants consider including courses in the following topics in their preveterinary curriculum: personal finance, small business management, psychology, sociology, biochemistry, ethics, and logic.
Required undergraduate GPA: no minimum stated (under review as stated above); mean cumulative GPA of most recent entering class is 3.70 on a 4.00 scale.

AP and IB credit policy: a maximum of 6 credits accepted.

Course completion deadline: June 1 of the year of application.
Standardized examinations: Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) If a student’s native language or language of prior education is not English, then the student will be required to pass one of the following: TOEFL, MELAB, IELB, or CanTest.
Additional requirements and considerations
Animal/veterinary experience
Interview—assessing noncognitive skills
Extracurricular activities
Summary of Admission Procedure
VMCAS application deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time; November 1 for supplementary application; and January 1 for transfer
Date interviews are held: February–March
Date acceptances mailed: April
School begins: late August; registration, early September
Deposit (to hold place in class): 500.00 $C
Deferments: are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluation criteria
Academic credentials including the GRE are evaluated by the Registrar’s Office. Other criteria and activities are evaluated by the admissions committee through an interview process, and the supplementary application.
% weight
Academic ability 55%
Noncognitive ability 35%
Veterinary experience 10%
2008–2009 admissions summary

Number of Applicants Number of New Entrants
In-Province   20 10
Contract*   86 32
International 269 21
Total 375 63
* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Expenses for the 2012–2013 Academic Year
Tuition and fees
Resident 12,308.00 $C
Contract student* 12,308.00 $C
International student 54,759.00 $C (51,500 $US est.)
* For further information, see the listing of contracting states and provinces.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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