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Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Whether you study here for one year, two years, or for an entire degree, King's is a great place to prepare for future professional studies. Begin your studies in a faith-based environment before continuing your education elsewhere.

What is Veterinary Medicine? 

Veterinary medicine focuses on animal health and the study of specific diseases and treatments in relation to all animals. Veterinary studies focus on all areas on animal health including food-producing animals, companion animals, exotic animals, and wildlife. 


Graduates of Veterinary Medicine can go on to work in private practices (working with family pets), specialized disciplines within animal medicine (internal medicine, dental surgery), public service (develop public policy about animal vaccination standards), research (teaching or researching), and industry (working with animal health companies.)

Admission recommendations

King’s recommends taking a three or four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Biology for admission into a Veterinary Medicine degree. King’s also has a community which supports student experience in veterinary offices around Edmonton.

After beginning your degree at King's, you can transfer to your choice of the following universities:

Veterinary at: University of Saskatchewan

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) was established at the University of Saskatchewan to serve the four western provinces. A pre-veterinary program is required in preparation for admission to the four-year veterinary program at the WCVM

Pre-veterinary requirements: (for a total of 60 credits)

  • English 6 credits
  • Mathematics or Statistics 6 credits
  • Chemistry 6 credits
  • Biology 6 credits
  • Organic Chemistry 3 credits
  • Genetics 3 credits
  • Biochemistry 6 credits
  • Introductory Microbiology 3 credits
  • Physics 6 credits
  •  Electives 15 credits

Competition for admission to WCVM is very high. Although pre-veterinary requirements can be met in two years, few applicants are currently admitted with less than three years of university coursework.

Selection Criteria

Selection is based upon assessment of a number of factors including mental aptitude, academic performance, motivation, maturity, experience with animals, leadership qualities, social awareness, deportment, verbal facility and ability to communicate, and an understanding and knowledge of the veterinary profession. Degrees or diplomas held are not factors in the selection process.

Veterinary at: University of Calgary

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Complete applications consist of the following:

  • A signed statement verifying Alberta residency status
  • A signed statement verifying completion of the academic requirements
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on last 60 credits of study
  • Post-secondary transcripts submitted by the appropriate academic institution
  • Work experience and extracurricular activities
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • English language proficiency

University of Calgary has very specific course requirements for this program.

Veterinary at: University of Guelph

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The following ratio determines a student’s admission average, which is used to select the top 200 candidates to proceed in the selection process. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 20% is the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score
  • 40% is the average of the courses completed in the last two acceptable full-time semesters
  • 40% is the average of the eight required prerequisite courses (taken during acceptable full-time semesters).

**Canadian citizens (including dual citizens) and those with permanent residency status must be residents of Ontario in order to apply to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

Recommended first degree at King's:

Bachelor of Science

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