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. Interviews - January 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our ability to perform interviews using our traditional face-to-face Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs). As such, applicants for the Fall 2021 entry point of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), are advised that the interview stage of the DVM admissions process for this year will instead include CASPerŪ, a situational judgement test, administered by Altus Assessments (https://altusassessments.com/) as well as a virtual personal interview (VPI) using the Microsoft Teams platform.

Only applicants invited to the interview phase are required to participate in the CASPerŪ test and the VPI. The OVC is also piloting the Snapshot platform with Altus Assessments this year, and as such, applicants invited to the interview phase of the admissions process will be asked to voluntarily complete the Snapshot video response tool. The Snapshot platform will NOT be used in any way for the determination of admissions rank for the Fall 2021 entry point and is strictly voluntary. The Snapshot voluntary option will be available following applicant registration for CASPerŪ.

Applicants that are invited to the interview phase will be contacted via their University of Guelph email to advise them of their interview times according to the following timeline:

  • International applicants: interview invitations sent during the week of Dec 14-18, 2020
  • Domestic applicants: interview invitations sent during the week of May 10-14, 2021

Upon being invited to an interview, applicants are reminded to respond to their interview invitation before the response deadline. Failure to accept the invitation by the posted deadline will forfeit the applicant's interview seat, and their application will no longer be considered for the Fall 2021 entry point to the DVM Program.

For those applicants invited to the interview phase, please note the following timeline:

  • International applicants:
    • CASPerŪ is scheduled early January 2021 (date/time to be confirmed and this will be included in interview invitations)
    • The VPIs are scheduled for the week of Jan 11-15, 2021 8:30am-4:30pm ET
  • Domestic applicants:
    • CASPerŪ is scheduled for mid-to-late May 2021 (date/time to be confirmed and this will be included in interview invitations)
    • The VPIs are scheduled for the week of May 31-June 4, 2021 8:00am-6:00pm ET 

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.