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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) is internationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and community-based clinical education model. Students graduate from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program with the skills and knowledge to perform all procedures common to general veterinary practice – from the family cat and dog to livestock and horses.

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The DVM Program

Over the course of the four year integrated core-elective program, students will receive a general veterinary education, with enhanced opportunities in our areas of emphasis. The elective programs cover all areas of general veterinary practice and provide enhanced opportunities in four Areas of Emphasis:

  • Production animal health: population and individual animal health of all food and other production animal species; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of the livestock industry and rural Alberta.
  • Ecosystem and public health: animal and public health at the interface of domestic animals, wildlife, humans and the environment; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of society through public and private practice in areas related to public health, food safety, environmental and agricultural interfaces, wildlife/conservation/zoo medicine and health.
  • Equine health: population and individual veterinary care of horses;educating veterinarians to meet the needs of the horse industry, horse owners, and rural Alberta.
  • Investigative Medicine: comparative medicine and biomedical research; encouraging students to pursue careers advancing animal and human health through research (basic, clinical, applied, or population health)

The DVM program includes 9 semesters of instruction.  The first three years are two semesters in length and follow the University academic calendar.  They include on-campus and off-campus learning experiences.  A number of extracurricular learning activities are also available.  The fourth year is the equivalent of three semesters – 40 weeks of practicum rotation experiences, plus two weeks for assessment, delivered over a full calendar year (May-April).  Through our Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) students will gain valuable hands-on clinical, diagnostic and professional experience in the fourth year of the program.  The DVLC is comprised of private and public practices, non-government organizations, federal and provincial agencies and other animal industry partners who work with UCVM faculty to provide an exciting collaborative environment and outstanding learning opportunities for our DVM students.

The DVM curriculum provides a balance of opportunities for students to learn comparative medicine and acquire discipline-based knowledge, to acquire and practice clinical and professional skills, and to develop diagnostic reasoning ability during the first three years. Early exposure to clinical material at the individual animal and population levels is provided in the Clinical Presentations courses, which integrate basic, preclinical, clinical and population health material.

Clinical Skills courses offered in each semester of the first three years enable students to have early and frequent contact with animals, where they learn and practice clinical skills necessary for the practicum year. Professional Skills courses cover clinical communications, ethics, jurisprudence, business operations, informatics, and research.

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Four Years at UCVM

Year One – Students are introduced to veterinary medicine through a wide range of foundational courses. Hands-on skills are learned early in the program and practical experiences are gained during field trips involving various animal industries.

Year Two – Students build on the fundamentals learned in year one, and begin to gain a more detailed understanding of diagnosis of disease. Electives are offered in our four “Areas of Emphasis” and field courses provide practical experiences.

Year Three – Along with advanced course work, students expand their hands-on training with an emphasis on surgical skills and treatment techniques. Field course experiences round out the student’s training in the four “Areas of Emphasis”. 

Year Four – Over the 40-week final year program, students gain practical hands-on experience in a variety of veterinary clinics and settings across Alberta and around the world.

The first three years of the DVM program are delivered predominantly at the Foothills and Spy Hill Campuses, with students spending approximately 50% of their time at each site.  Students are responsible for their own travel between sites, with classes scheduled to allow full day activities at each location. During the final year of the DVM program, students complete their practicum rotations on and off campus.  Many practicum rotations occur off campus in partner private veterinary practices that constitute the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital (DVTH), and at other institutional and private partner settings that constitute the DVLC. Many of these off-campus sites are located within a 90-minute drive of Calgary; the others are distributed across Alberta and beyond, including international sites.  

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Career Opportunities

  • Private veterinary practice (food animals, equine, companion animals)
  • Academia
  • Research and Medical industry
  • Government agencies
  • Wildlife and ecosystem management
  • Public health
  • Diagnostic services
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Apply to the DVM Program

  • Admission Requirements
  • Application Materials
  • Admission Timeline
  • Course Equivalencies
  • Understanding the Admission Process
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Submitted by srtariqu on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 2:45pm
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Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine accepts 30-32 DVM students per year. The Admissions Committee recommends students for admission to the program on the basis of academic and non-academic factors. Students are assessed academically on performance in their last four full undergraduate terms and in ten required courses (see “Eligibility – Minimum Academic Requirements”). Selected applicants are invited for an interview where non-academic factors are assessed. On interview day, applicants are required to complete an on-site essay and participate in a series of interviews.

Students must be Alberta residents, as defined by the Province of Alberta. To be eligible for admission to UCVM, you must be an Alberta resident. The Alberta Government Guidelines within the Student Financial Assistance Regulations will be used to determine residency status. Details of these requirements can be found on the Alberta Government website at: http://studentaid.alberta.ca/before-you-apply/eligibility/. Proof of Alberta residency will be required with your application. If you do not meet these criteria, you are not eligible for admission to UCVM.

Consistent with UCVM's mandate, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the attributes for successful careers in veterinary practice that support rural development and sustainability, and for careers related to our areas of emphasis. While no specific animal or veterinary-related experience is required, such experience is an asset. Understanding of the veterinary profession and animal industries relevant to the applicant's career interests is expected. This can be obtained through practical experience or through other means.

Applicants to the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine should ensure they have read the current year's Application Manual. The Application Manual details the latest requirements, processes and timelines for admissions.

If you have any questions regarding the UCVM admissions process, please email: vet.admissions@ucalgary.ca.

1. Eligibility

In selecting veterinary medicine students, no consideration shall be given to factors irrelevant to performance such as gender, age, race, religion, or the vocation of an applicant's parent, guardian, or spouse.

UCVM considers applicants from a variety of educational backgrounds. No preference is given to any particular program, college or university. However, UCVM will not normally accept applications from students who have withdrawn, who have been required to withdraw, or who have been expelled from any school or college of veterinary medicine.

Physical and learning disabilities must not prevent the applicant, upon graduation, from demonstrating competency in the skills and procedures expected of an individual who has completed a DVM degree in an accredited institution.

2. Minimum Academic Requirements

Normally, minimum academic requirements from undergraduate studies to receive consideration for admission are as follows:

(a) A minimum overall average of 3.00 ("B" or its equivalent) with a passing grade in each of the following required courses (See Table Below). Once this requirement has been met, the average GPA from the required courses will not be used further in the admissions process. You must have completed or be in the process of completing the TEN (10) required courses (listed below) with at least SEVEN (7) of the TEN (10) required courses being completed before December 31, 2016. All courses (including in-progress, online or distance learning courses) must be completed by the end of the Winter term preceding admission (April 30, 2017). No exceptions will be made.

(b) A minimum combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 ("B" or its equivalent) over EACH of the last four full-time terms of undergraduate academic years. Applicants may use the average GPA of all courses from the most recent graduate program to count towards their most recent full-time term, provided that the graduate degree will be completed in the year of application prior to registration in the DVM program.

You must have completed or be in the process of completing four or more terms (semesters) of full time post-secondary undergraduate education at a recognized university or at a college providing university-equivalency in coursework. UCVM defines a “full time” term as a minimum of FOUR (4) ‘first-attempt’ courses per term (semester), taken between the months of September – December (Fall term) and January – April (Winter term) for a total of 16 half-course equivalents. The third and/or fourth term(s) may be in progress at the time of application, but at least four terms of undergraduate education must be completed by the end of the Winter term preceding admission (i.e. April 30, 2017).

Required Undergraduate Course

e.g. University of Calgary Equivalent Course

Two Introductory Biology Courses
(a lab component is required for each course)

BIOL 241 and BIOL 243

Two Introductory Chemistry Courses
(a lab component is required for each course)

CHEM 201 and CHEM 203

One Introductory English Course
(must contain a writing component)

ENGL 201

One Introductory Organic Chemistry Course
(a lab component is required)

CHEM 351

One Introductory Statistics Course

STAT 205

One Introductory Biochemistry Course
(a lab component is optional)

BCEM 341 or BCEM 393

One Introductory Genetics Course
(a lab component is optional)

BIOL 311

One Introductory Ecology Course
(a lab component is optional)

BIOL 313

**The University of Calgary courses shown in the table (above) serve as examples of the required courses against which courses from other university are compared for equivalency. Equivalent courses to each of these suggested courses are obtainable from many, but not all, post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Please refer to the Alberta Transfer Guide website (http://acat.gov.ab.ca) or our UCVM Admissions website (www.vet.ucalgary.ca/dvmprogram) to determine if your courses have been established as being equivalent. The UCVM Admissions committee recommends that you contact the academic program counsellor at your post-secondary institution to ensure that you have all of the required equivalent courses. Online or distance-learning courses may be used, but they MUST be completed within a four-month period similar to courses taken at other institutions. Documentation to support this (i.e. start and end dates) will need to be provided, if requested.

Albertans who are enrolled at post-secondary institutions outside of Alberta should consult with the academic program counsellor for their program of study to identify 10 equivalent courses. These courses will require review by the UCVM Admissions committee to determine their acceptability, and will normally only be reviewed after an application for admission has been received by the UCVM Admissions Office. For any course in question, please send a copy of the course syllabus and the university’s Calendar description to vet.admissions@ucalgary.ca after you have submitted your application. The UCVM Admissions committee may request additional documentation. If you have questions regarding the suitability of the program in which you are currently enrolled, you should contact the UCVM Admissions Office.

Courses completed more than 10 years prior to the application date will not normally be considered in the admissions process. Rare exceptions may be made for applicants who have continued to work or study in a health-sciences related field following completion of an undergraduate degree. If you have not continued to study or work in a health-science related field, any required courses that are more than ten years old must be repeated.

Applicants are advised to monitor the UCVM website for any exceptions or changes to these requirements. Students requesting an exception to any aspect of the minimum academic requirements must do so at the time of application by completing the necessary section of the application form. Such requests will only be considered on submission of a complete application.

3. Alberta Residency Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must be an Alberta resident, as defined by the Province of Alberta. As such, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have protected person status under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Criteria are outlined in the Alberta Government Guidelines (within the Student Financial Assistance Regulation) and are used to determine residency status. Details of these residency requirements are detailed below, or they can be accessed on the Alberta Government website (http://studentaid.alberta.ca/before-you-apply/eligibility/).

To determine your residency, you first need to know if you are considered a “dependent” or an “independent” student.

Independent student (one or more of the following applies to you): 

  • 23 years of age or older;
  • Have been out of high school for at least 4 years;
  • Have been available for full time work for at least two years since leaving high school;
  • Are married or common law;
  • Are divorced, separated, or widowed;
  • Have at least one dependent child of your own.

Definition of residency for “Independent students”

  • Alberta is the province in which you have most recently lived for 12 consecutive months while not a full time post-secondary student, or
  • You have never lived in any other Canadian province for 12 consecutive months and are attending a post-secondary school in Alberta.

**If you do not meet at least one of the criteria for being an independent student, you would be considered a “dependent” student.

Definition of residency for “Dependent students”

  • At least one of your parents must live in Alberta.

Proof of Alberta residency will be required with your application. If you have any questions regarding your residency status, please email vet.admissions@ucalgary.ca

For admission to Veterinary Medicine, the Province of Alberta determines residency as follows:
a) the Residence of an applicant remains that of his/her parent(s) unless a new Residence has been established in accordance with clause (b);

b) the Residence of an applicant shall be considered to be Alberta, if the applicant has last resided in Alberta for a period of twelve consecutive months (without including any period during which the applicant was attending a college or university) prior to enrollment;

c) a Canadian citizen who is resident outside of Canada and intends to re-establish residence in Canada shall be considered a resident of the province or territory of Canada where he/she last resided for a period of twelve consecutive months before leaving Canada; and

d) a person who is a permanent resident as defined in the Immigration Act ( Canada) shall be considered to be a resident of another province or territory of Canada pursuant to clause (b)

In interpreting these guidelines, reference will be made to the residency sections within the Student Financial Assistance Regulation (Alberta). Proof of residency within Alberta for twelve consecutive months may be required. If you have questions regarding your residency status please email vet.admissions@ucalgary.ca.

4. English Language Proficiency

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.

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Understanding the Admission Process

Admission is based on academic and non-academic attributes. Meeting UCVM’s stated academic requirements does not guarantee that an applicant will be offered an interview, however, those individuals who meet the minimum academic standards will be eligible for consideration.

The process that identifies the rank order by which applicants will be considered for interviews is solely based on academic performance, specifically the average GPA of the last four full-time undergraduate terms of study.

Following the Interview day, the process that identifies the final rank order by which applicants will be offered admission is:

  • Average GPA of last 4 full-time undergraduate terms: 30%
  • MMI performance: 45%
  • Essay performance: 20%
  • References: 5%

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Admission Materials

THE APPLICATION SYSTEM FOR UCVM’S CLASS OF 2021 IS NOW CLOSED.

We received 265 applications for the ~30 seats we will be offering next year. We will now start the process of working through these applications over the next few months and waiting for Fall 2016 semester grades to become available at the end of Janaury. The first step is to qualify applicants for further consideration - verifying that all required documents were submitted before the deadline, confirming that 10-course GPAs meet our minimum 3.00 requirement, and calculating 4-term GPAs to determine who will be offered interviews. If further information is required at any step, we will contact applicants directly. We will determine those applicants who will be invited for an interview and will send letters to all applicants to let them know of their status in late February. Interviews will be conducted on Saturday March 11, 2017 in Calgary.

The next application cycle will open in the fall of 2017. More information will be provided leading up to the next cycle on our website, starting in the summer of 2017.

For your reference, we will keep an active link to the Application Manual for the Class of 2021 admission cycle posted below. Please be aware that UCVM's admissions policies are reviewed annually and requirements from previous years may not apply (i.e. the 2021 Application Manual may not reflect the process that will be used to select the Class of 2022 next year). We continually review our policies and procedures and, based on evidence we gather, may make changes to our admissions process before the next application cycle.

APPLICATION MANUAL

Contact information:

UCVM Admissions Office 
3280 Hospital Drive NW 
Calgary, AB  T2N 4Z6
Email: vet.admissions@ucalgary.ca
Phone:  403.220.8699
www.vet.ucalgary.ca

You can find more information on the program itself under the DVM program tab (http://vet.ucalgary.ca). 

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Admission Timeline

The UCVM Admissions policy is reviewed annually and requirements from previous years may not apply. Because of the competitive nature of the selection procedures, deadlines are strictly enforced. All relevant documentation must be provided by the specified deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please follow the instructions carefully.

A complete application consists of:

  • The completed application form,
  • The application fee,
  • Post-secondary transcripts submitted by the appropriate academic institutions,
  • Proof of Alberta residency,
  • Signed Declaration of the applicant.

Applications and supporting documents are only used for the current application cycle. A new, complete application will be required for any future applications. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that the UCVM Admissions Office receives all of the required documents by the stated deadlines.

October 1, 2016

Application cycle for the UCVM Class of 2021 will open.

Wednesday November 30, 2016

Application cycle closes. No extensions will be granted FOR ANY REASON.

Friday January 20, 2017

Deadline to receive transcripts from Fall 2016 semester.

January – February 2017

Evaluation of applications.

Friday February 24, 2017

Interview (MMI) invitations sent out via email.

Wednesday March 1, 2017

Deadline to accept invitation to interview day.

Saturday March 11, 2017

Interview day – Multiple Mini-Interview and essay.

March – April 2017

Evaluation of MMI and essay data.

May 2017

Evaluation of completed reference forms.

Friday May 19, 2017

Deadline to receive transcripts from Winter 2017 semester.

First week of June 2017

Approval of invitation list for Class of 2021.

Second week of June 2017 (approximate)

Initial offers of admission made to successful applicants.

Third week of June 2017 (approximate)

Deadline for responding to initial offers of admission.
First waitlist offers sent out.

Fall 2017

Application and Applicant Manual will be available for the 2017-18 application cycle.

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Course Equivalencies

Alberta: Course Equivalencies

Submitted by srtariqu on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:23am

University of Calgary - 10 Required Courses

Intro. Biology courses - BIOL 241 & BIOL 243

Intro. Chemistry courses - CHEM 201 & CHEM 203

English -ENGL 201 (Also accepted are: ENGL 231, ENGL 235, ENGL 237, ENGL 239 or ASHA 220)

Intro. Organic Chemistry - CHEM 351

Intro. Statistics - STAT 205 (Also accepted are STAT 213, BIOL 315, MDSC 407, STAT 211, ENGG 319, or PSYC 312)

Intro. Biochemistry Course - BCEM 341 OR BCEM 393

Intro. Genetics Course - BIOL 311

Intro Ecology Course - BIOL 313

University of Alberta Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 107 & BIOL 108

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 101 & CHEM 102

English – ENGL 108, ENGL 112, ENGL 121, ENGL 122, ENGL 124

Intro. Organic Chemistry - CHEM 261

Intro. Statistics – STAT 141, STAT 151

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOCH 200

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 207

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 208

Athabasca University Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 204 & 207 / Lab 207

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 217 & 218

English – ENGL 211, ENGL 212

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 350

Intro. Statistics – MATH 215, MATH 216, MGSC 301, & MGSC 312

Intro. Biochemistry Course – CHEM 301

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 341

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 345

Augustana – University of Alberta Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – AUBIO 111 & AUBIO 112

Intro. Chemistry Courses – AUCHEM 110 & AUCHEM 112

English – AUENG 103 or AUENG 104

Intro. Organic Chemistry – AUCHEM 250

Intro. Statistics – AUSTA 153 or AUSTA 215

Intro. Biochemistry Course – AUBIO 280 or AUCHE 380 *? AUCHE 280

Intro. Genetics Course – AUBIO 260

Intro. Ecology Course – AUBIO 253

Grand Prairie Regional College Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 1070 & BIOL 1080

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CH 1010 & CH 1020

English – EN 1000, EN 1111, EN 1112, EN 1132, EN 1210, EN 1220, EN 1240

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CH 1610 or CH 2610

Intro. Statistics – ST 1510 or ST 2520

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BC 2000

Intro. Genetics Course – BI 2070

Intro. Ecology Course – BI 2080

Grant MacEwan University Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 107 & BIOL 108

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 101 & CHEM 102

English – ENGL 102, ENGL 103 or ENGL 108

Intro. Organic Chemistry - CHEM 161 or 261

Intro. Statistics – STAT 141 or STAT 151

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BICM 200

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 207

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 208

Lakeland College Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 107 & BIOL 108

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 101 & CHEM 102

English – ENGL 112

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 161

Intro. Statistics – STAT 151

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOCH 200

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 207

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 208

Medicine Hat College Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 231 & BIOL 233

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 201 & CHEM 203

English – ENGL 202, ENGL 203, ENGL 231, ENGL 235, ENGL 237, ENGL 300

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 250 or CHEM 350

Intro. Statistics – STAT 213, STAT 217, STAT 251, STAT 333

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BCEM 393

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 311

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 313

Mount Royal University Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses BIOL 1202 & BIOL 1204 or BIOL 2231 & BIOL 2233

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 1201 & CHEM 1202 or CHEM 2201 & CHEM 2203

English – ENGL 1101, GNED 1401, ENGL 1131 (formerly ENGL 2231), ENGL 1135 (formerly ENGL 2235), ENGL 2141 (formerly ENGL 1141, ENGL 1241, ENGL 2241), ENGL 1137 (formerly ENGL 2237).

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 2101 (formerly CHEM 3350, CHEM 3351)

Intro. Statistics – MATH 1211, MATH 1224, MATH 1225 (no longer offered as of Fall 2015), MATH 2233, MGMT 2262 (formerly ADMN 1262), or MGMT 2263 (formerly ADMN 1263)

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BCEM 2201

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 2101 (formerly BIOL 3311)

Intro. Ecology Course – ECOL 1111 (formerly ECOL 2211, BIOL 2211), BIOL 2213 (formerly ECOL 2213, BIOL 3313)

Red Deer College Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 217 & BIOL 218

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 211 & 212

English – ENGL 219, ENGL 200, or ENGL 220 *ENGL 200 last offered in 2010.

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 351 & CHEM 352 *must be completed together for UofC CHEM 351credit

Intro. Statistics – STAT 241, STAT 251

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOC 301 or BIOC 393

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 317

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 318

University of Lethbridge Equivalent Courses

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 1010 & BIOL 1020

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 1000 & CHEM 2000

English – ENGL 1000, or ENGL 1900

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 2100, CHEM 2500 & CHEM 2600 *Need both CHEM 2500 and CHEM 2600 to be acceptable for UofC CHEM 351.

Intro. Statistics – STAT 1770, or PSCY 2030

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BCHM 2000

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 2000

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 2200

British Columbia: Course Equivalencies

Submitted by srtariqu on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:06am

University of Calgary - 10 Required Courses:

Intro. Biology courses - BIOL 241 & BIOL 243

Intro. Chemistry courses - CHEM 201 & CHEM 203

English -ENGL 201 (Also accepted are: ENGL 231, ENGL 235, ENGL 237, ENGL 239 or ASHA 220)

Intro. Organic Chemistry - CHEM 351

Intro. Statistics - STAT 205 (Also accepted are STAT 213, BIOL 315, MDSC 407, STAT 211, ENGG 319, or PSYC 312)

Intro. Biochemistry Course - BCEM 341 OR BCEM 393

Intro. Genetics Course - BIOL 311

Intro Ecology Course - BIOL 313

University of British Columbia Course Equivalencies

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 112 & BIOL 121

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 121 & CHEM 123

English – ENGL 110, ENGL 111

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 231, CHEM 233 with CHEM 233 Lab, CHEM 213 with CHEM 245

Intro. Statistics – BIOL 300, PSYC 218, STAT 200, LFS 252, FRST 231 *Grandfathered

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOL 201

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 234, BIOL 303, OR BIOL 334

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 230, BIOL 304, FRST 201 

University of Victoria Course Equivalencies:

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 190A & BIOL 190B

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 101 & CHEM 102

English – ENGL 125, ENGL 135, ENGL 145, or ENGL 146

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 231

Intro. Statistics – STAT 255

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOC 200, or BIOC 299

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 230

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 215

Thompson River University Course Equivalencies

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 111 & BIOL 121

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 150 & CHEM 152

English – ENGL 111, ENGL 1110, ENGL 1150-01

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 212

Intro. Statistics –  STAT 1201, BIOL 3000

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOL 3131

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 234

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 300, BIOL 2170, OR BIOL 3021

Course Equivalencies: Other

Submitted by srtariqu on Tue, 10/04/2016 - 10:27am

University of Calgary - 10 Required Courses

Intro. Biology courses - BIOL 241 & BIOL 243

Intro. Chemistry courses - CHEM 201 & CHEM 203

English -ENGL 201 (Also accepted are: ENGL 231, ENGL 235, ENGL 237, ENGL 239 or ASHA 220)

Intro. Organic Chemistry - CHEM 351

Intro. Statistics - STAT 205 (Also accepted are STAT 213, BIOL 315, MDSC 407, STAT 211, ENGG 319, or PSYC 312)

Intro. Biochemistry Course - BCEM 341 OR BCEM 393

Intro. Genetics Course - BIOL 311

Intro Ecology Course - BIOL 313

University of Saskatchewan Equivalent Courses

2 Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 120 & BIOL 121

2 Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 112 & CHEM 115

1 English – ENGL 111, or ENGL 112

1 Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 250

1 Intro. Statistics – PLSC 214, or PLSC 314

1 Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOCH 200.3

1 Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 211

1 Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 253

University of Guelph Equivalent Courses – Guelph, Ontario

Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 1030 & BIOL 1040 OR BIOL 150 & BIOL 1090

Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 1000 & CHEM 1040 OR CHEM 1050 *Need two

English – ENGL 1200

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 2700

Intro. Statistics – STAT 2040

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOC 2580

Intro. Genetics Course – MBG 2040

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 2060

Dalhousie University Equivalent Courses – Halifax, Nova Scotia

2 Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 1010 & BIOL 1011 OR BIOA 1002 & BIOA 1003

2 Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHMA 1000 & CHMA 1001 OR CHEM 1011 & CHEM 1012

English – EGLA 1000, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1040, ENGL 1050, CLAS 1100

Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 2401, CHMA 2000

Intro. Statistics – STAT 1060, STAA 2000

Intro. Biochemistry Course – BIOL 2010, BIOC 2200, CHMA 3001, BIOC 2300 w/ BIO 2610, CHMA 3006

Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 2030, GENE 2000

Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 2060, BIOA 3001

Queen’s University Equivalent Courses – Kingston, Ontario

2 Intro. Biology Courses – BIOL 102 & BIOL 103 OR BIOL 201 & BIOL 202

2 Intro. Chemistry Courses – CHEM 112 *As a full year chemistry course. We consider this equivalent to two intro. Chemistry courses. 

1 English – ENGL 160, ENGL 250

1 Intro. Organic Chemistry – CHEM 281, CHEM 223

1 Intro. Statistics – STAT 263, BIOL 243

1 Intro. Biochemistry Course – BCHM 315, BCHM 316, BIOL 334

1 Intro. Genetics Course – BIOL 205, BIOL 206

1 Intro. Ecology Course – BIOL 111, BIOL 302, BIOL 303

Submitted by srtariqu on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:42am
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Frequently Asked Questions

General

Q: Do you accept applicants from other provinces?
A: No. We currently only accept residents of Alberta into the DVM program.

Q: Do you accept international students?
A: No. We currently only accept residents of Alberta into the DVM program.

Q: When I graduate, I want to work in companion animal medicine. Can I do this with a DVM from UCVM?
A: Yes. You will graduate from UCVM with competence as an entry-level practitioner in all areas of veterinary practice.

Q: Do you accept transfer students from other vet schools into the DVM program?
A: No. Since our DVM curriculum is so highly integrated across all four years of study, we do not accept transfer students from other schools into our DVM program.

Q: How much does it cost to go to UCVM?
A: The current tuition and general fees for one year of the DVM program are approximately $12,500.

Interview Day

Interviews will be held at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Foothills Campus, normally on a Saturday in March. On the interview day, applicants are required to complete a timed on-site essay and participate in an interview process called Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) with faculty members and community veterinarians.

The MMI is a standardized interview process that consists of a series of 10-minute mini-interview stations (usually 7 or 8), where applicants move from station to station. MMIs present situational scenarios that are designed to assess an applicant’s understanding of the veterinary profession and non-academic attributes that reflect the goals and objectives of the UCVM DVM program and the veterinary profession.

Q: How will I know if I get an interview?
A: Using the contact information that you provide in your application, we will send you an email invitation to interview. The letter will specify the time of day and will provide supplemental materials for reference (maps, instructions, etc.).

Q: Who will be assessing me at the MMI?
A: You will be assessed by up to two interviewers at each station. Interviewers are UCVM faculty members and veterinarians from across Alberta.

Q: What is the MMI trying to “get at”?
A: Each scenario is designed to assess specific ‘non‐cognitive’ traits, but it will not always be obvious to you which traits are being assessed. Generally, applicants do better when they focus on the question and answer sincerely what they would do / think / say or feel, rather than trying to figure out what an ideal answer might sound like. Over the course of the interview we are able to measure your verbal communication skills, but there are other things we are able to assess with each scenario as well.

Q: Are there “right answers”?
A: The scenarios are sufficiently complex as to defy easy answers. If a scenario deals with a controversial area or some topic of public debate, it is equally possible to do well taking one position as it is taking the opposite view. Other than attitudes or beliefs that are inconsistent with the practice of veterinary medicine, we are much more interested in assessing how you think rather than what you think.

Q: How can I prepare for the MMI?
A: Preparing for the MMI can be a challenge. Familiarity with the format is helpful for settling nervousness. It is very different from a traditional panel-style interview! Since we change the questions each year and alter the specific items that we are looking at within each station, there is no specific knowledge that will necessarily be helpful to you. Having said that, consider asking friends or family members to create several timed scenarios for you to practice. This will allow you to practice organizing your thoughts and getting comfortable speaking on a novel topic for a few minutes.

Q: What if I am sick or late?
A: The MMI runs on a very precise schedule and there is no ability to have someone join in the circuit after it has begun.

Q: Am I able to reschedule my interview date?
A: There is no opportunity to reschedule your interview for a different date.

Q: What do I need to bring in order to write the on-site essay? How can I prepare?
A: You will be provided with a computer to use. You will be given 60 minutes to complete the 750-word essay in order to demonstrate your written communication skills, critical thinking, and other attributes based on the scenario and/or question that is posed to you. The essay topic changes each year.

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