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- What are the requirements for getting into Ontario Veterinary College?
- What does the OVC's BIF / Reference Form look like?
- What university program do I choose to prepare for veterinary school?
- How many years of university do I need before I can apply?
- Do I have to write the MCAT or GRE?
- What kind of experience does the OVC expect?
- What counts as veterinary, animal, and employment experience?
- Are there international veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)?
What university program do I choose to prepare for veterinary school?
Generally any Bachelor program, such as Biological Science, Bio-Medical Science, or Animal Biology, will give you a good background for entrance to the veterinary program. Just make sure that the program at your school includes the required pre-requisite courses (or their academic equivalents) for admission to the DVM program. See the University of Guelph Admission pages for more details.
How many years of university do I need before I can apply?
You will need at least 4 full-time (5 courses) semesters of university level education. Meaning you cannot apply to the Ontario Veterinary College until third year.
Do I have to write the MCAT or GRE?
No, neither the MCAT or GRE are required.
What kind of experience does the OVC expect?
You must have VETERINARY experience working or volunteering with veterinarians. Experience can be clinical, industry, research, government – as long as you job shadowed a veterinarian. Of course, the amount of experience differs for each individual (due to the accessibility of veterinary opportunities). Quality is what counts, and the goal is to experience what the role of a veterinarian is. Veterinary and animal experiences working with different species can help give you a comfort level with all kinds of animals since you will have to do that in the DVM program. Extracurricular activities will help you hone your interpersonal skills which are so important! Veterinary medicine is so much about people too (animal owners, colleagues, etc.).
What counts as veterinary, animal, and employment experience?
Veterinary experience refers to any experience with a veterinarian present with you. If the veterinarian is not present while you are accomplishing a task, but you are still working in animal care, this would qualify as animal experience. If what you are doing is neither veterinary nor animal experience, but still work related to an animal/veterinary field, it counts as employment experience. This can be, for example, working at a reception desk at a clinic. All three types of experience can be done at the same place, so make sure to keep a log of your hours identifying what you did in order to classify your experience correctly.
Are there international veterinary schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)?
Yes, there are many! You can see the complete list of AVMA accredited vet schools by clicking here. Different vet schools will have different admissions requirements, so be sure to check their admissions criteria on their website. Also, please note any vet school we invite to talk will always be AVMA accredited.