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!

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 of nature.

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.

Find out how you can apply to the DVM program at OVC. If you'd like to chat with us face to face check out where we'll be in the coming months.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):

The following schools have an MOU agreement with the Ontario Veterinary College for spots in our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program:

Canisius College

Drexel University

Medaille College

SUNY Cobleskill

University of Vermont

West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Veterinarians Educated in Non-AVMA accredited schools (foreign trained vets)

If you already hold a DVM degree or equivalent from an institution that is not accredited, you are not eligible to retake the DVM degree program at the University of Guelph. Instead you must go through the licensing process in order to practice as a veterinarian in Canada.

If you are a foreign-trained veterinarian requiring information on licensure in Ontario, please see the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) website or contact them at questions@cvo.org

For information on the VSTEP (Veterinary Skills Training & Enhancement Program) program for foreign-trained vets please contact Alec Martin, VSTEP co-ordinator, at the following address: 

VSTEP
Ontario AgriCentre
100 Stone Road West, Suite 110
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3

Phone: (519) 767-6564
amartin@vstepontario.org

For information on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), National Examining Board (NEB), and generally about licensure as a veterinarian in Canada, see the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) website or contact them at admin@cvma-acmv.org.

Most internships and residency programs at OVC are part of the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP) and have an application deadline in December.  See the VIRMP site under Ontario Veterinary College at www.virmp.org for more details and application information.  Other positions may be listed on departmental web sites at http://www.ovc.uoguelph.ca/departments/.