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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


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 4 or more semesters of full-time 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.


Application forms for the Fac­ulty of Veterinary Medicine are available on the website (vet. 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 10. Two sets of official transcripts are re­quired, one sent in by February 7 and the second should be sent as soon as final marks are available in the spring and no later than June 7. 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 10 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.

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.


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 4 full undergradu­ate semesters 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.


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.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? No


Estimated Tuition Resident: $11,000.00

Estimated Tuition Contract: $0

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: $0

VMCAS Participation: No

Accepts International Students? No


Application Deadline: January 10

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