Did you know that with the strong US dollar, our international tuition, at under $55 000 US a year, is actually less than most US veterinary colleges' non-resident tuition?

Each year, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) accepts U.S. and international (non-Canadian) students. This year, you could be one of those students!

Check out our Check List for a guide to our admission requirements.

Founded in 1862, the 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, the University of Guelph 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.

Check out videos of some of our international students and alumni:

Brenna Miniscalco - Chicago IL    Tori Mrotz - Ames IA    Haley Forgione (Spangler) - Williamsville NY

Kim Patterson - Lancaster NY  Jon Odebralski - Buffalo NY     Kyle Bushee - Burlington VT    

Tara Plante - Pascoag RI   Corey Biesinger - Buffalo NY    Megan Noyes - Huntingtown MD    

Serene Lai - Singapore

Find out how you can apply to the DVM program at OVC. If you'd like to chat with us face to face email vetmed@uoguelph.ca. We'd be happy to meet with pre-vet clubs or individuals.

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

Although the NEB/CVMA requirement changes were implemented earlier this year, we continue to evaluate whether OVC will be able to service the need for foreign-trained veterinarians wishing to use this new route for Canadian licensure. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and a need to adjust our teaching plans for the upcoming academic year, we are currently focused on ensuring our current students can effectively complete their studies. As such, we will not be offering training to external students or veterinarians for 2020.  

As time and circumstances permit in the coming year, we will fully explore this again. Once we have had a chance to work though logistics and planning, we will post an updated announcement to our OVC website if our position changes and such training becomes available.

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 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 linked off of the OVC main page at http://ovc.uoguelph.ca/.  

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