DVM Application Procedure

International Applicants

International Applicants (including applicants from the United States) must first apply online through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) operated by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges at http://www.aavmc.org/Students-Applicants-and-Advisors/Veterinary-Medical-College-Application-Service.aspx by the VMCAS deadline (September 15).  Applicants will be contacted to remit the $75 (CAD) processing fee. GRE scores must be received by September 15 and fall and winter transcripts must be received by February 1 and June 1, respectively, where applicable.

International Applicant Requirements and Deadlines:

September 15

  • completion of VMCAS application
  • receipt of GRE scores (institutional code is “7877 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND VMCAS ”);
  • applicants will be contacted by UPEI regarding payment of the processing fee

November 18

  • interview and W-SAB testing for applicants ranking highly based on academic achievement occurs onsite at the Atlantic Veterinary College

February 1

  • receipt of fall semester transcripts for courses in progress, if applicable

June 1

  • receipt of winter semester transcripts for courses in progress, if applicable

International Applicant Contact: chooseavc@upei.ca, or call (902) 566-0439


Atlantic Canadian Applicants

Atlantic Canadian Applicants must follow UPEI's undergraduate application process for professional programs, and submit other requirements including: 

Atlantic Canadian Applicant Requirements and Deadlines:

October 15

  • receipt of the UPEI Undergraduate Application form by UPEI
  • receipt of the Atlantic Canadian Residency form
  • receipt of the Animal and Veterinary Related Experience form
  • receipt of transcripts by UPEI
  • receipt of GRE scores (institutional code is “0941 U PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND”); note that while scores will be accepted past this deadline, receipt by October 15 will facilitate early evaluation of the application
  • receipt of $75 processing fee to UPEI

February 1

  • receipt of fall semester transcripts  for courses in progress, if applicable

April 30

  • interview and W-SAB testing for applicants ranking highly based on academic achievement occurs onsite at the Atlantic Veterinary College

June 1

  • receipt of winter semester transcripts for courses in progress (only those invited to interview)

Atlantic Canadian Applicant Contact: Jack MacDougall, jrmacdougall@upei.ca - (902) 566-0608

All applicants are responsible to ensure that required materials are on file by the appropriate deadline; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. While the provisions of this document will ordinarily be applied as stated, UPEI reserves the right to change any provision listed herein, including but not limited to residency and academic requirements for admission, without notice to individual applicants. Every effort will be made to inform applicants of any changes.

Submit all materials postmarked by the dates indicated above to:

Professional Schools Admissions, Office of the Registrar
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 4P3

Please be aware that materials submitted after these deadlines will not be accepted. If you anticipate a problem in meeting a deadline, please contact the UPEI Registrar’s Office as soon as possible.


Advanced Standing and Transfer Applicants

Advanced Standing applicants are students who have completed all of a veterinary medical program from a school not accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and/or the American Veterinary Medical Association but “listed” by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Transfer applicants are students who have completed at least one year of a veterinary medical program at a college accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and/or the American Veterinary Medical Association or “listed” by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Colleges “listed” by the American Veterinary Medical Association include foreign colleges recognized by the World Health Organization and colleges officially recognized by their national governments as professional schools of veterinary medicine. Graduates of “listed” colleges are eligible to practice veterinary medicine in their home country and may qualify for entrance into the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program in the United States or the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE) in Canada.

Advanced standing or transfer applicants may apply to the second or third year of the DVM program. Places for advanced standing or transfer applicants are limited and depend on vacancies. Advanced standing applicants normally must have graduated from a veterinary program within six years of the date of application. Transfer applicants normally must have completed at least the first year of a veterinary program immediately preceding acceptance to the second year of the AVC DVM program.

Advanced standing or transfer applicants who do not meet the requirements mentioned in the previous paragraph are invited to submit a letter explaining why the Admissions Committee should consider their application. For advanced standing applicants the explanation must provide details of further veterinary-related study or work.

Applicants are considered for admission on a competitive basis. The deadline for applications is January 1 for classes that would begin in September. Those offered a seat in the second year of the program may need to complete program requirements that were not taken at the institution previously attended to ensure that students successfully transferring into the program are as equally well prepared as their peers starting the second-year cohort of the program.

International students will be assessed International Student fees, if accepted. Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be assessed Regional Student fees, if accepted. Please contact the Accounting office for current information on tuition and fees.
Please note that the transfer/advanced standing admission policy only allows for an offer of admission to the second or third year of the program if the Admissions committee deems the program can accommodate any additional students.  It has been five years since the program has been able to accommodate a transfer/advanced standing applicant, but applications are always considered in the event that a space may become available.

Transfer Applicants must contact Jack MacDougall (Professional Programs Co-ordinator) at jrmacdougall@upei.ca for direction on how to submit an DVM transfer application. Other requirements are listed below: 

  • the $100 application fee to UPEI
  • Three (3) reference letters from individuals with whom the applicant has been associated within the last five years to be sent directly in a sealed, signed envelope. Suggested sources for letters include veterinarians, teaching faculty, or other employers. Letters should emphasize veterinary-related studies or work-experience. Foreign trained veterinarians who are applying for advanced standing are encouraged to request references from relevant Canadian referees where possible.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency scores if English is not first language
  • Documentation of citizenship or residence status.
  • Program Calendar and full course outlines (in English) for all DVM studies completed
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement explaining why you wish to complete your veterinary medicine training at UPEI
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended or currently attending; those in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified, official translation. For those currently enrolled, please send a list of courses which you are or will be taking. Once there are any updated grades available, please have your University send these results to us immediately. Your file cannot be assessed without these updated marks.
  • Letter of explanation (if required)

Applications will not be processed until ALL supporting materials have been received by the Registrar’s Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials are submitted by the deadline. If you have any questions, please contact Jack MacDougall by email at jrmacdougall@upei.ca, or by telephone at (902) 566-0608.

Professional Schools Admissions
Office of the Registrar
University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 4P3

Requests for Deferrals

Requests for deferral of admission to the DVM program will be considered by the Admissions Committee on a case by case basis.
 

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