DVM Supplemental Forms

Admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is determined by the evaluation of academic requirements, the information provided in the Background Information Form, three confidential referee assessments, and, when appropriate, a personal interview. The confidential assessment forms are required from three persons who, in the opinion of the applicant, will give an unbiased, informed, critical assessment of your suitability for the DVM Program.

A minimum of two of the three required references must be from veterinarians with whom the applicant has obtained animal and veterinary experience. If an applicant submits fewer than two veterinary references, his or her application will not receive further admission consideration.

The Background Information Form (BIF) and Referee Assessments will all be completed and submitted on-line. 

After you have submitted your application to the DVM program and it has been processed, you will find a link to the BIF in your Documents list on WebAdvisor. 

The deadline for the BIF is February 1st.

On your BIF, you will provide the names and email addresses for your referees. We will then email them with instructions on how to complete the Referee Assessments on-line. After your BIF is submitted, each referee will show individually on your documents list on WebAdvisor and as each assessment is received, you will see the status reflected there. 

The deadline for Referee Assessments is March 1st.

If we do not receive the BIF and Referee Assessments by their respective deadlines, further consideration will not be given to the application.

Please know that previous years’ BIFs and Reference Forms will not be accepted. They must be current and submitted using the new format. On the right-hand menu of this page, you will see links to Sample BIF Questions and Sample Reference Questions which will give you an idea of what will need to be on the forms that are submitted.


Official transcripts for students who have attended post-secondary institutions other than the University of Guelph must be received by Admission Services by the deadline date of March 1, and we encourage applicants to arrange for earlier submission of official transcripts if possible.

Applicants who have successfully completed at least three full-time semesters in a science graduate program at the time of application, may choose to be considered in a cohort separate from the undergraduate applicants. For those persons currently enrolled, all of the requirements of the graduate program must be completed by August 1.

Persons who qualify must indicate on the Background Information Form their desire to be considered in the graduate student cohort; their application will then be removed from the undergraduate applicant pool. In the graduate student cohort, selection for interview will be made on the basis of evaluation of the student's academic achievement (not a numerical score), Background Information Form, Graduate Cohort Information Form and four references with two letters of reference from persons assessing the applicant's skills and knowledge of veterinary medicine (using the reference form) and two letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant's performance as a graduate student (using the reference form). One referee should be your graduate program supervisor.

Final selection will be made based on this evaluation and assessment in the interview. Normally, a maximum of five students may be selected from this cohort to fill positions in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.

NOTE: Graduate cohort applicants must submit the Graduate Cohort Information Form in addition to the Background Information Form which must be submitted by all DVM applicants. The Graduate Cohort Form is posted in the right-hand menu of this page.

DVM applicants who are selected for interview will receive notification in late April of the place, date and time of the interview ONLY via their University of Guelph e-mail accounts. It is imperative that applicants check their e-mail accounts regularly during April for notification of interview.

Please note that requests for deferral of admission to the DVM program will not be permitted except by approval by the Admissions Committee due to significant medical, psychological or compassionate reasons. If you require assistance in the application process, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Admission Services
University Centre, Level 3

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1