The selection process for the INTERNATIONAL COHORT includes the following steps:

1. Review of Applications - Academics - October to January

The University of Guelph's registrar's office ensures that all complete applications meet the minimum academic requirements. If prerequisite courses are completed in the fall or winter semesters this process will only be done once an official transcript with the final course mark(s) has been received, provided that space remains available in the program.

2. Review of Applications - Assessment for Interview - October to January

The OVC admissions committee reviews the applications of U.S. and international applicants and ranks them based on: the letters of reference provided; the student's background preparation; and their personal statements. 

3. Multiple Mini Interviews - February 2 & 3, 2018

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. Seven stations are scenario-based while one is based on information contained in your application form.  There are two assessors per station who evaluate the student based on a scoring rubric. 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.

On-site interviews are recommended so applicants can be provided lunch with the opportunity to meet current international student veterinarians, and a tour of the college 

Following the interviews all candidates will be ranked based on 65% academics and 35% interview score. Candidates will then be informed if they have been offered admission, placed on the wait list or not offered admission. 

4. Communication of Decision

Admission status is posted on the applicant's WebAdvisor account and an email 'offer' is sent to accepted candidates once admissions decisions are made.

Offers of admission must be accepted in writing. Applicants who applied using the VMCAS have until April 15th to accept their offer of admission.