Admission Requirements

If you're ready to submit your application to UCVM, please ensure you understand the entry requirements.

We apologize for the change in our messaging and recognize this may be concerning, however we wanted to ensure the amended policy is clearly understood.
For students who elect to keep their grades for the winter 2020 semester we will be using them in our GPA calculations providing that all courses taken in that semester have a letter or number grade. If some courses show a ‘CR’ grade we will not use the grades in the GPA semester calculation, but we will give credit towards the four (4 )full-time semesters providing all of the other criteria are met. If any of the ten (10) required prerequisite courses have a letter or number grade we will use the grade received in the calculation of the required ten (10) course GPA. If students choose to take a ‘CR’ for any of our ten (10) required courses, credit will be given to the student that the required course was completed.

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 can be found in the Application Manual (page 5), or they can be accessed on the Alberta Government website (

Indigenous Residency

If you self-identified as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit), Alberta residency requirements do not apply. We will consider all Indigenous applicants from across Canada who meet our academic requirements. Proof of Indigenous status will need to be provided. Click here for details.

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, 2020).

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

  1. Required minimum GPA in the required courses

    A minimum overall average of 3.00 ("B" or its equivalent) with a passing grade in each of the following required courses (see "Required Courses" section 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, 2019. All courses (including in-progress, online or distance learning courses) must be completed by the end of the Winter term preceding admission (April 30, 2020). No exceptions will be made.

  2. Required overall GPA in each of the last four full-time terms of undergraduate academic years

    A minimum combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 ("B" or its equivalent) over 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

  • Two Introductory Biology Courses (a lab component is required for each course) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: BIOL 241 and BIOL 243
  • Two Introductory Chemistry Courses (a lab component is required for each course) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: CHEM 201 and CHEM 203
  • One Introductory English Course (must contain a writing component) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: ENGL 251
  • One Introductory Organic Chemistry Course (a lab component is required) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: CHEM 351
  • One Introductory Statistics CourseUniversity of Calgary Equivalent Course: STAT 205
  • One Introductory Biochemistry Course (a lab component is optional) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: BCEM 341 or BCEM 393
  • One Introductory Genetics Course (a lab component is optional) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: BIOL 311
  • One Introductory Ecology Course (a lab component is optional) | University of Calgary Equivalent Course: BIOL 313

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 ( or the Course Equivalencies page 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 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.

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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