DVM Academic Requirements

Secondary/High School Requirements

The Admissions Committee does not specifically evaluate high school course work. Students typically work towards a degree while completing prerequisite course requirements for DVM admission. Contact the Registrar' Office at the post-secondary institution which you plan to attend to inquire about specific high school prerequisites for your intended degree program.

Post-Secondary Requirements

Twenty post-secondary undergraduate courses must be completed prior to being accepted to the DVM program as shown below. In general, these prerequisites can be completed within two years (four semesters) in the context of an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree program. While most applicants elect to complete more than two years of their degree program, or even complete their degree prior to applying to the DVM program, no preference is given to applicants who do so. Applicants are encouraged to work toward a degree in a field of study that is of particular interest to them in the event that they are not accepted into the DVM program. While the prerequisite courses can be completed within a pre-veterinary medicine program, this is not a requirement and no preference will be given to applicants who do so.

Academic Requirements

Consideration for admission to the DVM Program requires completion of at least 20 prerequisite courses and the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). All applicants are advised to complete course work within an undergraduate degree program at an institution that has rigorous entrance requirements and a reputation for academic quality. Applicants must be in good academic standing at and be eligible to return to their home institution(s) without any restrictions in order to be considered. 

For Atlantic Canadian applicants, prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution that is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and must meet the requirements outlined below. Course work completed at a non-AUCC member institution will require review by the Admissions Committee to determine acceptability. In some cases, applicants may be required to provide documentation confirming that their home institution is affiliated with or recognized by one of the primary science degree-granting institutions in that province and/or provide independent confirmation that one or more courses taken to satisfy the DVM Program requirements qualify for direct transfer credit as a core science course at such an institution. Applicants may also be asked to provide additional independent information to facilitate grade comparison.

For United States applicants, prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution that is accredited by the United States Department of Education and must meet the requirements outlined below. In some cases, applicants may also be required to provide documentation confirming that their home institution is affiliated with or recognized by one of the primary science degree-granting institutions in that state and/or provide independent confirmation that one or more courses taken to satisfy the DVM Program requirements qualify for direct transfer credit as a core science course at such an institution. Applicants may also be asked to provide additional independent information to facilitate grade comparison.

Applicants outside of North America will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine acceptability of both the institution and individual courses. A foreign transcript evaluation report may be required. Fees associated with this service are the responsibility of the applicant. For applicants whose first language is not English, the UPEI English Language Proficiency Requirement must be satisfied for admission consideration.

Course Work

At least 20 prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application in order to be considered and course work must include at least one course satisfying each of the following requirements:

Animal Biology 1
Animal Biology 2
Animal Biology 3
Genetics
Mathematics 1
Mathematics 2 (Statistics)
Chemistry 1
Chemistry 2
Chemistry 3 (Organic Chemistry)
English (Composition)
10 Electives

Academic achievement will be evaluated based on performance in the 10 prescribed courses, performance in all courses taken during the most recent full time academic year (September - April), and GRE scores. Note that GRE scores must be forwarded to UPEI directly from the test centre and the institutional code is "0941".

Course Work Criteria

Applicants must ensure that all 10 prescribed courses, as well as all courses taken during the most recent full time academic year, meet the following criteria. 

  1. Courses must be at the undergraduate degree level at a post-secondary institution. Course work will not be acceptable if taken during graduate programs.
  2. Courses must be completed while taking a course load of at least 3 courses and 9 credit hours, excluding laboratories, during any fall or winter semester, or in any two consecutive summer semesters.
  3. Courses will not be acceptable if they are repeats of previously passed courses taken within the last six years, or if they cover similar material to previously passed courses taken within the last six years.
  4. Courses reporting grades as Honours, Pass-Fail, or Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory cannot be evaluated.
  5. Courses completed in the context of International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) programs will only be accepted if credit has been granted from the home post-secondary institution and in situations where the applicant would not otherwise meet the prerequisites for the DVM program.
  6. Any of the prescribed courses will not be acceptable if they were completed more than six full academic years before the date of application.
  7. All of the prescribed science courses must be considered “core” science courses and be eligible to fulfill requirements for an undergraduate science degree at the home post-secondary institution in order to be accepted.
  8. The following prescribed Science courses must have a laboratory component in order to be accepted: Animal Biology 1, Animal Biology 2, Animal Biology 3, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Chemistry 3 (Organic Chemistry).
  9. Courses may be completed via distance education online, but only if they comply with all of the other regulations stated above.
  10. Examples of acceptable prescribed Animal Biology courses include the following:  general first year biology, animal diversity, vertebrate anatomy, vertebrate histology, vertebrate physiology, vertebrate zoology, microbiology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, ornithology, biology of fishes, mammalogy, and wildlife biology. Please note that Animal Behaviour courses are not acceptable.

Applicants who have completed the course prerequisites but, due to exceptional circumstances, do not meet all of the criteria specified above must submit a detailed letter outlining these circumstances and providing just cause as to why their application should be considered by the Admissions Committee. 

Academic Average (50% of overall admissions score)

All applicants will have an academic average calculated based on their prerequisite course work.  When more than one course is available to satisfy a particular requirement, the highest grade will be used to calculate the academic average.

Academic Average Calculation = 50% (Average of 10 prescribed courses) + 50% (Average of most recent full time Academic Year; September through April)

While there is no minimum academic average that is required for acceptance into the DVM program, applicants should note that competition is intense and significant academic achievement must be demonstrated. Please refer to the table below for a summary of academic averages of applicants recently accepted into AVC’s DVM program. Applicants applying after fall 2015 should note that these averages were calculated based on the previous formula and are not directly comparable to those calculated during the 2016/2017 admissions cycle and beyond.

AVC Class            Mean Academic Average             Range of Academic Averages

2020                       86.0                                                        76.3  –  92.6

2019                       85.3                                                        74.1 – 92.7

2018                       84.7                                                        74.2 – 92

2017                       86.2                                                        77.1 – 93

2016                       86.0                                                        77.9 – 92.5
 

Graduate Record Examination (10% of overall admissions score)

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test recognized worldwide that assesses fundamental academic knowledge and skills. Performance on the GRE General examination is considered along with the academic average when evaluating academic achievement. GRE test scores must be submitted directly to AVC from the testing site. Applicants should quote the following code to designate the University of Prince Edward Island as their GRE score recipient:

  • International applicants applying through VMCAS:  7877 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND VMCAS
  • Atlantic Canadian applicants:  0941 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

For more information about the GRE please go to: http://www.etscanada.ca/gre/graduate_record_exam or http://www.ets.org/gre

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