How to Become a Veterinarian

A veterinarian is a doctor responsible for the health of animals who has trained at a university for at least six years and is licensed to provide medical and surgical care for animals. Prospective vet school students need to have a strong track record in the sciences and a sharp analytical mind.

Carleton’s undergraduate science programs are designed to provide students with a comprehensive science education. Carleton science students benefit from small classes, personalized interaction with their professors, lab experience (including hands-on labs in your 1st year), and excellent co-op opportunities. Science students will also be enrolled in a First Year Seminar wherein they are taught by an experienced faculty member in a class of no more than approximately twenty-five students. There is a specialized seminar for science students entitled Seminar in Science that introduces students to advancements in the field and current research questions.

These Seminars not only help to bridge the gap between high school and university-level study but they also provide a great opportunity for students to get to know one of their professors on a more personal level, which is highly beneficial for obtaining academic letters of reference.

To learn more about the veterinary college application process and admission requirements check out the information below.

Applying to Veterinary Colleges in Canada:

There are several Veterinary Colleges in Canada: The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, The Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, The Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, the Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal and the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Application Process:

To obtain a complete information about the application process to Veterinary Colleges in Canada, including an outline of admission requirements, scholarship and bursary information, please contact the respective Veterinary College admission offices.

Admission Requirements:

The successful completion of a minimum of six years of university education is required to be certified as a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM). Veterinarians may also choose to continue their studies in order to specialize in such areas as surgery, radiology, dentistry, ultrasound, oncology, nutrition, epidemiology, ophthalmology, cardiology and dermatology, to name a few.

Please note, Canadian students must apply to the Veterinary College in their region of residency. Please contact the respective Veterinary Colleges for residency requirements.

Cost to Apply to Veterinary School:

Fees vary by Veterinary College. Please contact the respective Veterinary College admission offices.

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