University of Guelph 1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar

IV--Admission Information

Veterinary Medicine

The class size in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program is limited to approximately 100 students per year.

There will be no Pre-Veterinary Year after Fall 1998/Winter 1999. (Students admitted to the Fall 1998/Winter 1999 Pre-Veterinary Year will enter the D.V.M. Program in the Fall of 1999.) Therefore, there will be no admission process in 1999 because in 2000 students will be admitted directly into the D.V.M. Program. When the Pre-Veterinary Year is discontinued, students will still need at least four semesters (two years) of university education before admission to the D.V.M. Program.

Note that only advanced standing applicants and international applicants will be considered for admission to the September 1999 entry point. International applicants should contact Admission Services for admission information including requirements.

Academic Requirements

For applicants directly to the D.V.M. Program, a minimum of four full-time semesters (10.00 credits), including:

*Students entering the D.V.M. program should be able to operate across discipline boundaries recognizing the relevance of the humanities and the social sciences to their career choice. In selecting these courses from among those acceptable, the prospective veterinary student should consider topics such as ethics, logic, critical thinking, determinants of human behaviour and human social interaction.

All courses must be at the university level. Applicants should contact Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services, for a list of acceptable courses and subject areas. Courses need not be completed in a specialized college or faculty or in a designated Pre-Veterinary program. Students wishing to undertake their preparatory work at the University of Guelph should seek admission to the B.Sc. or the B. Sc.(Agr.) programs. Students who wish to undertake their preparatory work at another university should select an institution that offers the specific course requirements listed above as part of a degree program and that has rigorous entrance requirements and a reputation for academic quality.

Applications will also be considered from persons who have successfully completed at least three full-time semesters in a graduate program. Persons who qualify must indicate their desire to be considered in the graduate student cohort. Their applications will then be removed from the undergraduate applicant pool and considered separately. Selection for interviews will be made on the basis of academic achievement and evaluation of a Background Information Form, referee assessments, and letters of reference from persons familiar with the applicant's performance as a graduate student. Final selection will be based on this information and assessment interview. A maximum of five students may be selected from this cohort each year.

Because of limitations in class size, all candidates should have an alternative career objective and course selection should be compatible with this objective.

Ontario Academic Course Credit Requirements

Students contemplating admission to the D.V.M. program should include OAC English 1, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus and Physics in their program of studies, or it may not be possible to complete the D.V.M. Program admission requirements and courses required for the MCAT during the first two years of university study.

Residence Requirements

Canadian citizens or individuals who have Permanent Resident Status of at least one year's duration and, in addition are residents of Ontario, will be considered for admission to the D.V.M. Program. 'Resident' in this context is interpreted to mean someone who has resided in Ontario for twelve months, exclusive of time spent in post secondary institutions. Consideration will be given to a small number of exceptional students who are residents of Quebec. Applicants from countries or regions that do not have appropriate veterinary education facilities will be considered if they satisfy the standards for Canadian applicants. In such cases, applicants are strongly advised to enrol at the University of Guelph for the 10.00 credits necessary to meet the academic requirements for admission consideration. Students from countries or regions that have appropriate veterinary educational facilities may be considered if they satisfy the standards specified for Canadian applicants.

International Students

International students are admitted to the D.V.M. Program. Applicants may not hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada. A maximum of five international seats will be available in any one year.

Selection Criteria

Since the number of students who satisfy the specific course requirements exceeds the number of available spaces in the D.V.M. Program, the Admissions Sub-Committee may use the following criteria to determine those who will be admitted. The members of the Sub-Committee endeavour to select those well-qualified applicants who, in their judgement, will be best able to successfully complete the veterinary medicine curriculum and who exhibit potential to become competent, responsible veterinarians dedicated to a lifetime of productive public service and continued learning. Students should pay attention to the selection criteria and attributes required for entry into the D.V.M. Program and use this information to guide them in preparation for application.

  1. Academic Achievement and Aptitude

    In view of the need to efficiently and quickly learn large amounts of factual material and to solve problems, applicants must have demonstrated achievement in the comprehension of scientific material. This will be evaluated by the scrutiny of transcripts and previous academic records. Attention will be paid to both the quality and consistency of grades in the program presented as preparation for admission, particularly for those students who have spent more than the minimal time in preparation. Course selections in an applicant's last two full-time semesters will be reviewed for academic coherence. For the purpose of D.V.M. admissions, a full-time semester will include at least 5 courses (2.50 credits] from the acceptable list. It is expected that the level of an applicant's courses will correspond to the semester level (year) of his or her program. An applicant who is not following a prescribed program of study may be required to submit an explanation of his or her course selections.

  2. Medical College Admissions Test

    The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be used for selection beginning in 2000. Students are encouraged to contact Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services for further information regarding course selection in preparation for the MCAT. The Test may be taken in April or August of each year, however students wishing to take the MCAT in the same year of intended admission to the D.V.M. Program must take it in April. For more information on the MCAT, prospective applicants should contact the MCAT Program Office, P.O. Box 4056 Iowa City, Iowa, USA. 52243-4056, tel. (319) 337-1357.

    A complete description of the MCAT is contained in the MCAT student manual available from the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dept. 66, Washington, D.C. USA, 20055, tel. (202) 828-0416. The manual presents: areas in science and specific skills to be assessed by the test; the mathematical concepts required; general suggestions for preparing for and taking the test; a full-length practice test. Your preparation for the MCAT should begin with a careful reading of the student manual. Note that science topics covered on the test include basic principles and concepts in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics.

  3. Background Information and Referees' Assessments

    Successful candidates should have integrity, reliability, maturity and determination. It is important that professionals have excellent communication and leadership skills, and that they have a talent for effectively working with others. To assist in identification of students who possess these and other attributes, applicants must complete a Background Information Form, in which they will describe their academic program, work experience and extra-curricular activities. In addition, applicants will be asked to write a short essay about why they wish to study veterinary medicine. Confidential referee reports will be required from three persons qualified to give unbiased, informed, critical assessments of the applicant.

  4. Interviews

    Applicants may be invited to an interview. Interviews conducted under carefully regulated conditions can give candidates an opportunity to display their ability to communicate effectively and give the interviewers an opportunity to assess student's attitudes and attributes applicable to veterinary medicine. Applicants should be prepared to elaborate on statements made in the Background Information Form, to discuss their reasons for choosing veterinary medicine as a career, and to describe what they have done to affirm their career choice and to prepare themselves for admission. They should be prepared to discuss issues pertaining to husbandry, care and welfare of a variety of animal species. Applicants may be asked to describe the duties and responsibilities of veterinarians and the scope of veterinary medicine. All interviews are held at the University of Guelph (no exceptions can be made).

Additional Attributes required for entry into the D.V.M. Program

Applicants should be aware that a number of attributes are required for admission to the Program. In addition to those already identified above under Selection Criteria (e.g. academic achievement, academic aptitude, integrity) a number of others, some of which relate to certain University of Guelph Learning Objectives, have been identified. These are presented here to assist prospective candidates in preparing themselves for admission.

  1. Literacy and Numeracy

    Literacy and numeracy are the bases on which all knowledge is founded. The abilities to read, write, and calculate are fundamental intellectual tools. Students entering the D.V.M. program will be able to demonstrate literacy skills at least to the basic level as described under Literacy in the University of Guelph Learning Objectives. They will be able to assimilate and comprehend written language at a basic level, to summarize information in a coherent manner, and use appropriate language in context. Successful applicants must be able to devise a topic or concept for discussion, frame its bounds and communicate its content.

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program will understand the value and principles of describing situations in numeric terms. They will be able to assimilate and comprehend numeric data and use appropriate tools to manage such information. They must be able to use skills of numeracy to check validity of information, to use and correctly interpret appropriate statistics to describe the distribution of observations in individuals and populations, and be able to perform basic tests of hypotheses (t-test, chi-square and simple regression) and interpret these correctly.

  2. Communication Skills

    Communication is the process of interacting with others respectfully and involves an exchange of information, feelings and values. It includes intrapersonal communication (self-understanding, self-evaluation, and reasoning) and interpersonal communication (interaction with others, relationship and self-disclosure). Through interpersonal communication, relationships are started, maintained, or destroyed. Good communication involves an understanding of self-awareness, of self-esteem, of feelings and emotions, the development of listening skills and the willingness to disclose oneself truthfully and freely. Good communication also requires an understanding of principles of language and verbal interaction, principles of non-verbal communication, and of interpersonal communication and relationships (relationship development and deterioration, improvement of interpersonal communication, conflict management, interviewing skills etc.)

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to : listen respectfully and comprehend appreciatively; practice the elements of good interpersonal communication successfully; demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively; and communicate effectively by oral, written, and electronic means at the basic level of literacy. Successful applicants will be able to recognize the non-verbal aspects of communication by considering feelings, emotions, and values as elements of communication.

  3. Judgement

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to use knowledge, observational and analytical skills, with due consideration of value systems, to evaluate and implement decisions. They will be able to identify and articulate their personal value system; identify ethics and standards of conduct; and identify the values and assumptions that may be operative in various contexts. They must be able to identify, critically evaluate and accept the implications and consequences of decisions, to re-evaluate decisions based on new information, and deal effectively with uncertainty. They will be able to accept that self-assessment of ethics and standards of conduct is a professional responsibility, and accept that others may have different values and assumptions and respect those differences.

  4. On-Going Curiosity (self-initiated learning)

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program must be able to use self-initiated learning to maintain and enhance depth and breadth of understanding. They must recognize limitations of their knowledge, skills and attitudes, identify sources of ongoing learning opportunities, and demonstrate a commitment to on-going learning and self-evaluation.

  5. Understanding of The Profession

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the profession, its dimensions and the industries it serves to permit the student to make and defend his or her career of choice. Normally, this would require the candidate to spend time with a veterinarian, preferably in both clinical practice and non-clinical practice situations. They should gain hands-on experience with a range of species and animal industries. There is an expectation that candidates would be able to describe for each species or animal industry experience, the role of the veterinary, production and breeding systems, general features of housing and feeding, productivity measures and norms, marketing system, animal behaviour relevant to restraint, feeding, and reproduction, and emerging trends and issues in the industry.

  6. Forms of Inquiry

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program will be able to identify and articulate the strengths and weaknesses, similarities and differences of various forms of inquiry (i.e. those used by the physical scientist, the biological scientist, the social scientist and the scholar of humanities). They will be able to describe and apply the scientific method, and articulate and evaluate personal problem-solving processes.

  7. Technical Skills

    Students entering the D.V.M. Program must have observation and motor skills which necessitate the functional use of all senses. Applicants must declare disabilities which might interfere with observation and motor skills and their ability to elicit information by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostics manoeuvres, procedures, or perform general and emergency care of patients.

Application Procedure

Application forms are available upon request from Admission Services, Office of Registrarial Services, Level 3, University Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1.

For those applying to the first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program in 2000, application forms must be received no later than February 1, 2000. Academic transcripts and other supporting documents must be received no later than June 15, 2000.

Only advanced standing and international applicants will be considered for admission to the September, 1999 entry point. The application deadline is February 1, 1999. (International applicants should contact Admission Services for specific admission requirements for September, 1999 entry which are different from the 2000 requirements.

Application Limitation

In total, only four applications for admission to the D.V.M. Program will be considered from an individual.

Admission with Advanced Standing

Applications for admission to advanced semesters will be considered from students who have been enrolled in D.V.M. programs at other institutions, subject to the availability of places in the D.V.M. program and the academic standing of the candidate. In no case will admission be considered beyond the fifth semester. When places are available, candidates may be asked to present themselves for interview and may be asked to pass examinations on subject matter in the veterinary curriculum. Applicants are advised that vacancies are rare.

Rabies Immunization

A condition of admission to the D.V.M. Program is agreement to a rabies immunization program which includes blood titre evaluation. Exemption from this condition may be granted in exceptional circumstances, but the student concerned must sign a release absolving the University of further liability.

Use of Animals

Live animals may be used for teaching purposes in some courses in the Veterinary Program, and this must be accepted by students admitted to the program. All animals are protected by the Animals for Research Act of Ontario (1980), the Guidelines for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals (Canadian Council on Animal Care), and the Animal Care Policies of the University of Guelph.

1999-2000 Undergraduate Calendar
IV--Admission Information
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