To learn more about the veterinary profession, here are some other ways you can connect:

  • Job shadow with a veterinarian (a listing of licensed veterinarians in Ontario can be found at Start with your own vet or find the veterinarian that cares for the lab animals at your university. Try working with different species of animals and in different clinics.
  • Form or join a pre-vet club at your university. That way you can invite veterinarians to speak, visit different sites and share your love of veterinary medicine. If your group would like a tour of OVC led by current DVM students (when the COVID restrictions allow) or to chat virtually with the Manager Student Affairs and student veterinarians, please contact us at
  • Come chat with representatives of OVC or the University of Guelph. You can join one of our free Friday lunch hour tours (when the COVID restrictions allow) or ask about scheduling one at another time. More info on our tours can be found here. There's a Facebook Group for students who plan on applying, and a Pro-Board Forum hosted by the University of Guelph Future Vets Club where you can ask questions and compare notes. These two groups are not official admissions pages.

Volunteering at OVC

Please be advised that the volunteer program is unavailable for the time being while it is being restructured. Please check this web site periodically for additional updates as to when the program will be accepting applicants once again.

OVC Teaching Hospital Volunteer Opportunities

Requirements for all OVCTH volunteers:

All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older and must be registered University of Guelph undergraduate or graduate students to participate.

All areas in the Ontario Veterinary College, Health Science Centre accepting volunteers require medical proof of rabies immunizations; a signed confidentiality form and a signed liability waiver.

Successful volunteers are required to complete the Environmental Health and Safety Department WHMIS course offered through Course-link.

All new volunteers must attend an orientation

Priority is given to those applicants who have already completed their rabies vaccination series.

For those applicants who have had their rabies vaccinations please be sure that you can also provide current titre information.  Titres checked once a year.

You must have previous veterinary/animal experience to volunteer here.

Regretfully we cannot accept applicants who have had no prior clinical veterinary experience.


We cannot accept graduate veterinarians into the volunteer program.

All volunteers working in the Patient Care & Delivery Services of the Ontario Veterinary College, Health Science Centre will be based in Small Animal Surgery. There will be 2 volunteers accepted per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Shifts are Monday to Friday (8:30 am to noon and noon to 4:30pm)

Volunteers work closely with the veterinary technical staff and are expected to help in large animal surgery or junior surgery as the need arises and therefore will require CSA approved steel toed footwear.

Volunteers will help with errands and clean up after cases are finished.

Large animal wards

Any positions involving large animals requires previous large animal handling experience with cattle and/or horses and CSA approved steel-toed footwear,

Duties:  Assisting with errands, walking and grooming teaching and client animals.

Shifts are Monday to Friday. A three to four hour commitment between 8:30am and 4:30pm is required

One student per day is required.

Additional areas in the Ontario Veterinary College, Health Science Centre accepting volunteers:

 (Please note these are subject to charge)

 Avian and Exotic ward  (Requires avian experience.)

 Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre


Foal Watch

Foal Watch is a program run by the Teaching Hospital (OVCTH) and provides a service to clients who bring in premature and critically ill neonatal foals.  Participants in the Foal Watch program may include students from across campus and the community.  This around the clock care ensures that the foal receives the most comprehensive care possible, and helps them get through the most critical of times.  The Foal Watch program typically runs from January to June, coinciding with the North American foaling season.

See the Foal Watch web page for more details about volunteering and contact information.


Central Animal Facility

To find out more about the University of Guelph's Animal Care Services and their dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig and rat volunteer programs contact them at 519- 824-4120 Ext. 54311. You can also go to their volunteer webpage.


Equine Guelph - EquiMania! Youth Program

To find out more about volunteering to teach youth about horse health and safety at Equine Guelph's special event youth program EquiMania! contact them at 519- 824-4120 Ext. 54205. You can also go to their EquiMania! program webpage.


Local Community Volunteer Opportunities

To locate veterinary clinics in your area, use the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) website. Be sure to ask the clinics that you contact if you need medical proof of rabies immunizations, special equipment (i.e. scrubs, coveralls, steel-toed boots, etc.), or if there are any age restrictions.

Note: The Ontario Veterinary College cannot guarantee that the clinics you contact will have volunteer positions available.