Founded in 1862, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is the oldest veterinary college in the United States and Canada. One of the founding Colleges of the University of Guelph (UofG), the OVC is an important part of a highly regarded, comprehensive university, in the most populous region of Canada and in close proximity to numerous medical and agricultural research facilities.
- The OVC is focused on improving health – the health of animals, humans and the environment – and is engaged with many different animal species. Students learn a comparative, cross-species approach to health management, evidence-based decision-making and community engagement in order to provide comprehensive, global solutions. Almost one-third of veterinarians educated in Canada graduate from OVC, with approximately 460 students enrolled in the DVM Program and 300 in graduate programs. The OVC faculty also teach in BSc degree programs to more than 6,400 undergraduate students.
- The OVC has four academic departments (Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Studies, Pathobiology, and Population Medicine) and in addition to the DVM degree, offers graduate programs for graduate diploma (GDip), MSc, Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), PhD, and Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) degrees; clinical specialists-in-training programs; and the Summer Leadership and Research Program for DVM and BSc students.
- The OVC Health Sciences Centre (HSC) provides learning and research opportunities while offering medical and surgical healthcare, with approximately 16,000 patient visits per year. Units within the OVC HSC include the Large and Companion Animal Hospitals, Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer, Equine Sports Medicine and Reproductive Centre and the Ruminant, Swine and Poultry Field Services.
- The OVC leads the U of G Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, with more than 40 university scientists, as well as government and industry collaborators, and the Institute of Comparative Cancer Investigation, which is creating a research environment linking research laboratories and the animal cancer center for the benefit of people and animals. The Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare has an international reputation in research, education and advising industry and policy-makers on the care and use of animals.
- Named research chairs have been established at OVC in: Reproductive Technologies; Pathology; Infectious disease/Public Health; Disease Modeling; Dairy Health Management; Companion Animal Clinical Nutrition; Companion Animal Welfare; Communications; and Emerging Technologies and Animal Health.
- A recently completed economic analysis by Deloitte found that OVC is a significant economic engine for Ontario, directly contributing more than $125 million to the provincial economy and generating 800 jobs annually. In addition, OVC supports the $20 billion animal agriculture industry in the province and OVC graduates in private practices contribute more than $1.3 billion in job creation and local economies.