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University of Calgary
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Admissions


University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Admissions
TRW 2D03, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6
Telephone: 403.220.8699
Facsimile: 403.210.8121
Application Deadline: January 10

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) offers a four-year professional degree leading to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Completion of at least two years of post-secondary instruction at a recognized university or at a college providing university-equivalency in coursework is required prior to application to the DVM program.
Enrolment in the DVM program at UCVM is currently limited to approximately 32 students who are Alberta residents. The Admissions Committee selects students for the program on the basis of academic and non-academic factors. Students are assessed academically on performance in their last 2 full undergraduate years and in the required courses. Applicants meeting the academic eligibility requirements are invited for an interview day where non-academic factors are assessed. At interview day, applicants are required to complete an on-site essay and participate in a series of interviews and other activities. Applicants must attend interview day at their own expense. There is no entrance exam or requirement to complete the MCAT or GRE exams.
The admissions process identifies applicants who will flourish in a DVM program that prepares students for all aspects of veterinary medicine. Consistent with the UCVM mandate, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an interest in pursuing careers in general veterinary practice that support rural development and sustainability, and careers in the areas of emphasis. There is no specific animal or veterinary-related experience required; however, demonstration and understanding of the veterinary profession and animal industries relevant to the applicant’s career interests is expected.
Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee’s decision in June.
At present, applicants must be Alberta residents, as defined by the following rules.
(a) The Residence of an applicant remains that of his/her parent(s) unless a new Residence has been established in accordance with clause (b);
(b) The Residence of an applicant shall be considered to be Alberta, if the applicant has last resided in Alberta for a period of twelve consecutive months (without including any period during which the applicant was attending a college or university) prior to enrollment on the first day of classes;
(c) A Canadian citizen who is resident outside Canada and intends to reestablish residence in Canada shall be considered a resident of the province or territory of Canada where he/she last resided for a period of twelve consecutive months before leaving Canada; and,
(d) A person who is a permanent resident as defined in the Immigration Act (Canada) shall be considered to be a resident of the province or territory where he or she first landed unless the person is considered to be a resident of another province or territory of Canada pursuant to clause (b).
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine does not normally accept applications from students who have withdrawn, who have been required to withdraw, or who have been expelled from any school or college of veterinary medicine. In selecting veterinary medicine students, no consideration shall be given to factors irrelevant to performance such as gender, race, or religion. Nor will the vocation of an applicant’s parent, guardian, or spouse be a consideration in the selection process.
Minimum Academic Requirements
Normally, the minimum academic requirements for an applicant to receive consideration for an admissions interview are:
(a) Completion of, or in the final semester of completion of, at least two years of full time post-secondary instruction at a recognized university or at a college providing university-equivalency in coursework. A full academic year is defined as a minimum of 4 courses per semester and 2 complete semesters, September - April (16 half-course equivalents).
(b) Completion of, or in the final semester of completion of, the following ten required courses, with a minimum combined average of 2.7 (B- or its equivalent) and a passing grade in each course. Prerequisite courses may only be repeated once to be considered in the admissions process.
Biology: Two introductory Biology courses
Genetics: One introductory Genetics course
Ecology: One introductory Ecology course
Chemistry: Two introductory Chemistry courses
Organic Chemistry: One introductory Organic Chemistry course
Biochemistry: One introductory Biochemistry course
Mathematics: One introductory Statistics course
English: One introductory English course
(c) A minimum average of 3.00 (B, or its equivalent) over the last two full undergraduate years.
(d) Applicants who present required courses that have been taken greater than 10 years prior to the application date will not normally be considered for admission. Exceptions may be made for applicants who have continued to work or study in a health-sciences related field following completion of an undergraduate degree.
Applicants are advised to monitor the UCVM Website for any exceptions or changes to these requirements.
English Language Proficiency
English language proficiency must be demonstrated for all applicants for whom English is not their first language. English language proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
(a) Completion of at least two full years within a degree program offered by an accredited university in a country which the University of Calgary recognizes as English language proficiency exempt.
(b) A minimum score of 92 on the internet based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE); or a minimum score of 237 on the computer based TOEFL and a minimum score of 50 on the TSE; or a minimum score of 580 on the paper based TOEFL and a minimum score of 50 on the TSE.
Application forms for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are available on the website ( ). Applications will be considered from those students meeting the residency, English and academic admission requirements. Applications are to be submitted to the UCVM Office of Admissions by January 10th. Two sets of official transcripts are required, one sent in by February 7th and the second should be sent as soon as final marks are available in the spring and no later than June 7th. Transcripts should be sent directly to the UCVM Admissions Office.
Completed application forms include the following: complete personal information; a signed statement verifying Alberta residency status and verifying completion of the academic requirements; three letters of reference (required by January 10th with the application); post-secondary transcripts submitted by the appropriate academic institution; a statement of work experience; and a statement of major extra-curricular activities.
All successful applicants are required to forward $200.00 deposit within 15 working days of notification of admission. Failure to do so may result in the position being assigned to another applicant. Such deposits will be applied to the first year’s fees. An applicant who accepts a position but later rescinds his or her acceptance will forfeit the entire $200.00 deposit. Successful applicants are required to have or receive immunization for tetanus and rabies following admission.
Accuracy of Registration
The DVM program will register successful applicants and ongoing students into all required yearly courses. Payment of fees is the student’s responsibility through the Online Student Centre via My UofC web portal. For more information refer to the “Payment of Fees or Notification of Financial Assistance” in the Registration section of this Calendar.
Students wishing to apply for deferral should make this request in a letter to the UCVM Admissions Office within 15 days of the date at the top of their acceptance letter. Deferrals will be considered for academic and/or non-academic reasons. Deferral requests for attending other veterinary schools will not be accepted. It is at the sole discretion of the Dean to grant or deny a deferral.
Page Updated:March/20/2013
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