Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina
If you’re ready to work hard, put others’ needs before your own, and really want to help animals, becoming a veterinarian might be for you. Earning from it is just the icing on the cake. If you’re considering studying veterinary medicine, you’ll probably need to take out student loans, which has led some students to ask questions like “can you land a high salary as a veterinarian?” We get it because all of us have been there and have faced this adversity. When you are researching vet schools in Canada, you are most likely surfing the web, reading forums, etc. We have brought to you this list of the best vet schools in 2021.
Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
The OVC in Guelph is the oldest in Canada. Until 1965, it was affiliated with the University of Toronto and graduates received their degrees from that university. In 1965, OVC became one of the colleges forming the University of Guelph. Until 1963, when the Western College of Veterinary Medicine was founded, OVC was the only veterinary college for English Canada, serving students from all provinces. OVC grants Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), M Sc, Ph.D., and D VSC degrees. Postgraduate diploma courses are also given.
Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC)
AVC was established in 1983 at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown and serves the four Atlantic Provinces, from which it receives most of its students. The first class of 50 students started in 1986 and graduated in 1990. Degrees obtainable are the DVM, M Sc, M VSC, and Ph.D. Postgraduate degrees and diplomas are also available. The study of diseases of aquatic species related to aquaculture constitutes a significant program at AVC in addition to traditional veterinary programs.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal
This veterinary college is located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec. Before moving there in 1947, for many years the school was located in Oka, Québec, where it formed part of an agricultural-veterinary educational center financed by the Québec Department of Agriculture and operated by the Trappists (i.e., a Roman Catholic religious order). With the move to Saint-Hyacinthe, it became the direct responsibility of the Québec Department of Agriculture until 1969, when it became a Université de Montréal faculty. Considerable development in staff and facilities has taken place. The only French-language veterinary college in North America, it offers DVM, M Sc, and Ph.D. degrees. Postgraduate diploma courses are also given.
Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)
WCVM was established in Saskatoon in 1963 as part of the University of Saskatchewan, making it the second English-speaking veterinary college established in Canada. The first veterinarians graduated in 1969. Degrees obtainable are the DVM, M VSC, M Sc, and Ph.D. Diploma courses are offered at the postgraduate level.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
The first class of students at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine began in 2008. The department was established in the wake of Alberta’s 2003 BSE scare (a.k.a. mad cow disease), with the hope of graduating veterinarians knowledgeable about rural Alberta and its specific challenges. Among the faculty’s research priorities are cattle and horse health, disease ecology, and animal welfare. Degrees offered are the DVM, M Sc, and Ph.D.
UC Davis has been ranked No. 1 in the world in the field of veterinary science, but for our friends up north, the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has been named No. 1 in Canada