Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

DVM program admissions information is organized into five (5) sections:

  1. Admissions Overview (this page)
  2. DVM Academic Requirements
  3. DVM Non-Academic Requirements
  4. DVM Application Procedure
  5. General DVM Applicant Information

Use these links or the links in the left-hand menu to read more about each section.

Admissions Overview

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is a regional institution that serves the needs of Atlantic Canada. The college is funded by the four Atlantic provinces, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and approximately two thirds of the seats in the program are reserved for Atlantic Canadian residents. These seats are divided into four distinct applicant pools and the remaining seats are allocated to international applicants (including those from the United States), constituting a fifth applicant pool.

The admissions process strives to select applicants most likely to succeed in the veterinary curriculum with the potential to become competent, responsible veterinarians, dedicated to a lifetime of productive public service and continued learning.

Eligibility to Apply

Atlantic Canadian Applicant Pools:

Only those Canadian citizens or permanent residents who meet the Atlantic Canadian residency requirements for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador can apply to these pools. See the Determining your Atlantic Canadian Province of Residence section for more information.

International Applicant Pool:

Anyone who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Canada can apply to the International pool.

Canadians with dual citizenship are eligible to apply to the international applicant pool but, if accepted, must remit international student tuition and fees for the duration of their program.

Canadian citizens or permanent residents that do not meet the Atlantic Canadian residency requirements and are not dual citizens are not eligible to apply to our program and should contact the Canadian veterinary college that serves their region. 

Selection Criteria

Applicants to AVC’s DVM Program are evaluated on both academic achievement and nonacademic achievement and aptitude as follows:

Academic Achievement (60% of overall admissions score)

  • 50% = Academic Average
  • 10% = Graduate Record Examination score

Non-academic Aptitude (40% of overall admissions score)

  • 20% = Interview based on animal and veterinary experiences
  • 20% = Work and School Approach and Behaviour test score

Determining your Atlantic Canadian Province of Residence

Residency Requirements

Canadian citizens or permanent residents who qualify as residents of one of the four Atlantic Canadian provinces (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Newfoundland and Labrador) according to criteria defined by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) are eligible to apply as domestic students.

The full MPHEC Definition of Resident is provided here:

A resident of the Province is an individual lawfully entitled to be or remain in Canada, who makes his or her home and is ordinarily present in New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission, including a student living out of Province for the purpose of furthering his or her education, but not including a tourist, transient or visitor to the Province.

Independent Students

An independent student meets, at minimum, one of the following criteria:

  • has been out of high school for four years or more
  • has had two periods of 12 consecutive months (each) when not a full-time student
  • is or was married or common-law
  • has a dependent living with them
  • has no parent or legal guardian

An independent student is considered a resident of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland by living in the Province for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission, excluding time spent as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution.

Dependent Students

A dependent student is a student who does not meet any of the criteria of an independent student.

A dependent student is considered a resident of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland whose parents, guardian or sponsors resided in the Province for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission:

  • If one of the parents works in another province, the student is a resident of New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland if the family home was in the Province for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission;
  • If the parents are separated or divorced, the province of residence is the province where resides the parent with whom the student normally lives or receives principal support for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission. If there is no custody agreement, the province of residence is that of the parent with whom the student has normally resided for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission, or if the student lives with neither parent, the province of residence is that of the parent who has been the student’s principal support for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission;
  • If the parents leave New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland after having resided there for twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission but the student remains in New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/Newfoundland to begin or continue post-secondary studies, New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island/ Newfoundland will continue to be the province of residence;
  • If the parents reside outside Canada, the province of residence will be that where the parents last resided during the twelve consecutive months prior to the student’s request for admission prior to their departure from Canada.

** Independent or dependent student status is determined by an individual's status at the time of the start of the academic program for which they are applying.

*** MPHEC has made the following clarification in regards to students moving from dependent to independent student status;

Once a student has established residency in an Atlantic province as a dependent student, he/she maintains residency in that province when they become an independent student as long as they have not lived for 12 consecutive months in another province (excluding time as a full-time student).

Determination of the province of residency for admission to the DVM program is a two-step process.

1. Determine if you are an independent or dependent student according to the criteria given below.

You are an independent student if you meet ANY of the following criteria:

  • have been out of high school for at least 4 years
  • have had at least two 12 consecutive month periods, or one 24 consecutive month period where you were not a full-time student at a post-secondary institution
  • are or have been married or in a common-law relationship
  • have a dependent living with you
  • have no parent or legal guardian

**Once a student has met the criteria to be an independent student, he/she will remain an independent student for the purposes of residency determination.

You are a dependent student if you do not meet at least one the criteria to be an independent student (listed above) 

2. Provide information about your address or your parents’/guardians’ address according to the criteria below.

  • A dependent student’s provincial residency is determined by the home address of the parent/guardian during the 12 consecutive month period prior to the application deadline.
  • An independent student’s provincial residency is determined by the student’s home address during the most recent 12 consecutive month period prior to the application deadline in which he/she was not a full-time student at a post-secondary institution.

To facilitate determination of residency, all Atlantic Canadian applicants will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Official finalized post-secondary institution transcript
  • Official finalized secondary/high school transcript
  • Photocopy of your current driver’s license
  • Complete the Atlantic Canadian Residency form

In addition, dependent Atlantic Canadian students must also provide the following additional document:

  • Photocopy of your parents’ or guardians’ driver’s license(s)

Definitions:

A “full-time student” is defined as having a course load of at least three courses (nine semester hours of credit) per semester, excluding laboratories.

A “post-secondary institution” is defined as an institution authorized to confer post-secondary certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

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