ontario veterinary college acceptance rate

Last Updated on January 19, 2023

Selection Process

Applicant Review Process  

The DVM application process is highly competitive. In selecting successful applicants, there are four stages of review which evaluate academic and non-academic attributes.

Stage 1: Admission Average 

Each applicant’s Admission Average is determined using a combination of their academic average (75%) and their Casper score (25%).

The applicant’s academic average is calculated using a 50:50 ratio as follows:

  • 50% is based on the average of the courses completed in the applicant’s most recent two acceptable full-time semesters. A minimum cumulative average of 75% is required to be further considered.
  • 50% is based on the average of the applicant’s eight prerequisite courses. A minimum prerequisite average of 75% is required to be further considered. Applicants must declare which course grades they wish to use for the 8 prerequisites, which must be from their eligible courses taken in full-time semesters.

All applicants in each cohort are ranked based on this Admissions Average, and only top-ranked applicants will progress to the second stage of review. 

Stage 2: Review of Non-Academics 

The top candidates in each cohort, based on the Admission Average ranking, will have their non-academic characteristics further assessed (e.g. BIF and references). The DVM Admissions Committee identifies the top candidates who they deem appropriate to continue in the next stage of the admission process (an interview).  Applicants not selected for an interview do not receive further consideration.

Stage 3: Interview  

The purpose of the interview will be to explore a candidate’s ability to think on their feet, communicate opinions and ideas, critically appraise information and demonstrate advanced thought/knowledge of the issues facing the profession. The interview is intended to reflect the educational goals and objectives of OVC as well as the skills identified by the veterinary profession in Ontario as being necessary for a successful career.  

During the interview, applicants should be able to elaborate on the information provided in their Background Information Form (BIF) or VMCAS. Reflecting on past experiences in advance of the interview enables applicants to speak freely about themselves and their experiences during the interview.  

The format of the interview will be provided for each cohort of applicants on the recruitment website.  

Applicants that are invited to the interview stage will be contacted via their University of Guelph email to advise them of their interview date and time according to the following timeline:

  • International applicants: Interview invitations are sent in mid-December for interviews in early February
  • Domestic applicants: Interview invitations are sent in mid-May for interviews in June

Each interview is assessed using a standardized rubric and each applicant is assigned an interview score.  

Stage 4: Final Review and Ranking:

Each applicant’s final admissions score is calculated using a 65:35 ratio as follows:

  • 65% is the Stage 1 admissions average
  • 35% is the interview score

The Admission Committee reviews and approves the final ranking, and the top candidates from each cohort are offered admission.

Offers of Admission 

Admission decisions can be viewed on WebAdvisor.  An official offer letter will be sent to each successful candidate at their University of Guelph e-mail address.

Offers of admission must be accepted in writing by the deadline specified in the offer letter. International cohort applicants who applied using VMCAS have until April 15th to accept their offer of admission. 

For applicants who are not offered admission, decisions will be communicated using their University of Guelph e-mail address.

Application Limit

Only four applications per person are allowed to the OVC-DVM program at the University of Guelph. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to build a strong application package (both academic and non-academic) prior to applying to the program. All application deadlines are firm and must be met in order to be considered at each stage of the applicant review process. 


Rabies Immunization

A condition of admission to the DVM program is agreement to a rabies immunization program, which includes blood antibody titre evaluation. 

Use of Animals

Live animals may be used for teaching purposes in some courses in the DVM Program, and this must be accepted by students admitted to the program. All animals are protected by the Animals for Research Act of Ontario (1980), the Guidelines for the Care and Use of Experimental Animals (Canadian Council on Animal Care), and the Animal Care Policies of the University of Guelph.

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