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Doctor Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Chart Your Path at OVC

The Ontario Veterinary College is educating the next generation of health leaders. Since 1862, OVC has excelled in teaching the art of veterinary medicine and developing the very best for our U of G students and graduates.

In the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, students have diverse opportunities for hands-on experiential learning and interdisciplinary  training. DVM students train in OVC's on-site Health Sciences Centre, which includes facilities for companion animals, large animals, cancer care, fitness and rehabilitation, and a ruminant field service.

OVC student veterinarians graduate equipped with the skills needed to tackle complex problems and improve life for animals, humans and the environment.

Admission Requirements

Application Cohorts 

There are three application pathways for the DVM program: Domestic Undergraduate Cohort, Domestic Graduate Cohort and International Student Cohort. You may only select ONE cohort option when applying to the DVM Program.

Domestic Undergraduate Cohort

Canadian citizens (including dual citizens) and those with permanent residency status must be residents of Ontario (min 12 months) in order to apply to the DVM program at the OVC. 

Domestic Graduate Cohort

Canadian citizens, dual citizens, or those with permanent residency status in Ontario will also be considered for the Domestic Graduate Cohort for those applicants who have successfully completed a graduate degree or who are currently enrolled in a graduate program.

International Cohort

International students, including US students, should apply through the International Cohort

What You Will Learn

  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Veterinary Histology and General Pathology
  • Art of Veterinary Medicine I
  • Developmental Biology
  • Health Management I
  • Clinical Medicine I

  • Art of Veterinary Medicine II
  • Health Management II
  • Clinical Medicine II
  • Principles of Disease in Veterinary Medicine
  • Theriogenology
  • Anaesthesiology and Pharmacology
  • Principles of Surgery

  • Art of Veterinary Medicine III
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Equine Medicine and Surgery
  • Food Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Medicine and Surgery of Dog and Cat
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Systems Pathology
  • Health Management III
  • Surgical Exercises
  • Clinical Medicine III

  • Small Animal Stream
  • Rural Community Practice Stream
  • Equine Stream
  • Food Animal Stream
  • Veterinary Externship

Program Benefits

 One Health

OVC is working at the intersections of animal, human and environmental health to find real-world solutions to real-world challenges.

  Learn From the Best

The OVC Ranks #1 in Canada, 3rd in North America and 5th in the World, for Veterinary Science. (Source: QS World University Rankings, 2022)

 Gain Professional Accreditation

The DVM program is accredited by the Canadian and American Veterinary Medical Associations.

 Excel in Veterinary Medicine

The study of veterinary medicine is a dynamic blend of science, technology and experience. At OVC, students can follow their passion, find their calling, and discover how they can contribute to the ever-evolving world of medicine, care, scientific discovery and community.

 Strength of Community

OVC’s vibrant community of faculty, staff and students embodies a spirit of compassion and integrity. With a focus on wellbeing, OVC honours and supports students as human beings with complex needs and diverse experiences.

 Building a More Equitable Future

OVC strives to ensure the college fully embraces and reflects the diversity of the communities it serves, and is working toward a more equitable future for veterinary medicine.  

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