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About UCVM

Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal and human health

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) was established in 2005 to meet Alberta’s need for highly-skilled veterinary graduates to support rural Alberta, production animal and equine industries, animal and human health research, and public health.  

In a short period of time, UCVM has carved a reputation for itself as place for innovative veterinary education and cutting-edge basic and applied research, now ranking in the top 50 veterinary programs worldwide. 

Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal, human and environmental health.

UCVM’s mission is to meet the veterinary, animal and public health needs of Alberta and beyond through excellence in:

  • delivery of a comprehensive undergraduate veterinary medical education, emphasizing production animal health, ecosystem and public health, equine health, and investigative medicine;
  • clinical, diagnostic and professional teaching and service, in collaboration with our partners in the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community, and; 
  • the creation and distribution of new knowledge through research, graduate education, and continuing education in animal health, disease, and welfare,and its interaction with human and environmental health.

Our education, research and service activities will contribute to the promotion and
protection of animal and human health and welfare in Alberta, Canada and internationally

UCVM is accredited by the CVMA/AVMA Council on Education. The CVMA/AVMA Council on Education (COE) is the accrediting body for Canadian and American veterinary colleges.

In December, 2019, the Faculty was awarded full accreditation for 7 years by the Council on Education. The next site visit is anticipated in 2026.

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What makes us unique?

Internationally Recognized

UCVM is internationally recognized for our innovative curriculum and community-based clinical education model.  Fourth-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students spend a year gaining practical hands-on experience in the variety of veterinary clinics and settings across Alberta that comprise our Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC).

Research Programs

UCVM's research programs and our engagement of undergraduate and graduate students has made us a leader among research-intensive veterinary colleges.  Areas of strength include cattle health, infectious disease, pain and animal welfare, equine health, wildlife heath, reproduction and regenerative medicine, and veterinary education.

One Health

UCVM is a leader in utilizing a One Health approach (which recognizes the connection between the health of animals, people and the environment) to develop research collaborations among local and global communities to solve complex problems.