Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

A History of Excellence

Founded in 1862, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph is the oldest Veterinary College in Canada and the United States. Dedicated to the advancement of veterinary and comparative medicine, OVC faculty have a distinguished international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Today, more than 400 students are enrolled in the professional Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.


Preparing You for Your Career

The OVC is dedicated to your success. We prepare you for the world of veterinary medicine by ensuring that you are educated in science and medicine, as well as in economics, computer technology, human and client relations, and business management. You will learn about private practice as well as alternative careers in government, teaching, research and industry. As the future of veterinary medicine changes, the Ontario Veterinary College prepares you for the diverse range of career opportunities available to you.

A variety of programs and activities exist to create awareness about career choices outside of traditional clinical practice. For example, the Summer Leadership and Research Program offers summer student researchers at OVC a variety of networking activities and field trips, exposing them to veterinarians in a variety of career settings. The Alumni Mentoring Program can put you in touch with graduates who will share their career experiences in diverse areas of veterinary medicine application.

Entrance Information and Requirements

  • students must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time study (5 courses per semester) in an undergraduate degree program at any university;
  •  DVM admission requirements include eight specific university-level courses: two biological sciences and one cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, statistics and two humanities and/or social sciences;
  •  Admission to the four-year DVM program is competitive. In addition to the eight required courses completed in a full-time degree program, you will be evaluated based on a background information form, letters of reference, and an interview.
  • Canadian applicants to the program must have Ontario residency.

For detailed information on all academic and non-academic requirements needed, please visit the Ontario Veterinary College site.

Professional Accreditation

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is accredited in Canada and the United States by the Canadian and American Veterinary Medical Associations and in the United Kingdom by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

For More Information

University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1