The selection process for undergraduate Canadian applicants involves the following steps (Information for US and International students is found here:
1. Calculation of Admission Average - March
A 50:50 ratio determines your admission average. This average is used to select the top candidates to move on in the selection process. This breakdown is as follows:
- 50% is the average of the courses completed in your last two acceptable full-time semesters (minimum 75% to be considered further)
- 50% is the average of your eight acceptable prerequisite courses (taken during acceptable full-time semesters, minimum 75% to be considered further). Applicants choose which courses are put forward, as long as they are acceptable. Prerequisite courses can be from any acceptable semester including those in first year.
2. Review of Applications - March-April
The OVC admissions committee reviews the applications of the top applicants to verify that they are suitable for interviews.
3. Interview (Multiple Mini Interview format in person only) - May 15 - 19, 2017
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) is modelled after the Objective Standardized Clinical Examination (OSCE) and was developed by the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University as the interview tool for admissions to their MD program. The MMI consists of a series of short, timed, structured interview stations that draw multiple samples of a candidate's ability to think on their feet, communicate opinions and ideas, critically appraise information, and demonstrate advanced understanding of issues facing the profession. A number of papers have been published illustrating the reliability and validity of the MMI.
During the OVC MMI, candidates rotate through a series of eight stations. At each station is a scenario that they must interpret for assessors who evaluate the student based on a scoring rubric. Each scenario has been constructed to assess ethical behaviour, empathy, judgment, critical and creative thinking, or personal management skills. All stations assess communications skills.
Applicants move between interview stations in a circuit. Each station lasts 10 minutes: two minutes to read over and consider the scenario followed by eight minutes in which to discuss the scenario with the interviewer(s).
The non-academic skills assessed by the MMI reflect the educational goals and objectives of OVC, as well as the skills identified by the veterinary profession in Ontario as being necessary for a successful career.
The interview score becomes 35% of the final ranking and is combined with the admissions average calculated in step 1 above (which is now 65%). The top 200 applicants are re-ranked with the combined score.
Please note that all domestic undergraduate cohort interviews are held on site and no virtual interview or interviews outside of the planned week are permitted.
For those invited for an interview, please review the Consent to Participate in Research Form and if you agree to
participate, print it, sign it, and bring it with you to your
Individuals applying as part of the graduate student cohort are interviewed separately usually in June.
4. Final review of interviewed applicants - early June
The top 100 students are reviewed by the OVC Admissions Committee, and the applicants who will be offered acceptance into the program are chosen.
5. Communication of decision
As soon as the admission decisions have been made, they will show on the applicants' WebAdvisor accounts. An official letter will be mailed to each applicant at their mailing address and an email will also be sent to the uoguelph email address.
Offers of admission must be accepted in writing.
Statistics from previous admission cycles:
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
Class of 2018
Class of 2019
Class of 2020