Doctor of Veterinary Medicine [BACHELOR DEGREE ]

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    A tightly-knit and supportive learning community

    The DVM program at the Atlantic Veterinary College is fully accredited by the Canadian and American Veterinary Medical Associations, and is recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Our highly sought after graduates are eligible for licensure in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. They consistently achieve high success rates in licensing examinations and have excellent employment opportunities worldwide.

    “The AVC is committed to producing graduates with the knowledge, skills, aptitudes, and attitudes to become proficient entry-level veterinarians in multi-species clinical practice, with the flexibility to pursue a variety of focused opportunities in clinical practice or other career tracks available to the veterinary profession.”

    The DVM curriculum is four years in duration consisting of three preclinical years followed by one clinical year. It combines a broad based, multispecies core with elective opportunities that allow students to shape their own career paths in Years 3 and 4.

    All Year 1 courses are required and include instruction in the basic science disciplines with a focus on normal form and function with opportunities for integrated problem-based learning. Coursework in animal behaviour, welfare and production systems, as well as epidemiology and critical reasoning is included. Basic clinical skills including animal restraint and handling are also introduced with opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and senior students in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Year 1 also includes a course in fundamental research principles, and expanded opportunities to explore concepts related to professional identity and develop skills such as reflective practice, self-awareness, communication, cultural competence, resilience, and well-being.

    All Year 2 courses are required and include instruction in disease processes and agents as well as public health and evidence-based medicine. Course work in clinical disciplines such as medicine, surgery, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, theriogenology, and primary care practice is introduced as well as training in related clinical skills. In addition, a course that builds on Year 1 content in the Professional Foundations strand offers opportunities related to ethics and moral reasoning, professional values, leadership, and clinical communication skills.

    Year 3 transitions to a core-elective structure for both large and small animal disciplines with the majority of core coursework occurring in semester one and the majority of elective courses offered in semester two in a series of five week modules. Year 3 core courses address fundamental knowledge and skills in large and small animals, including decision-making for both well and sick animals. Year 3 electives are designed to give students added flexibility and allow them opportunities to focus on a particular species or career interest beyond the core curriculum.

    In Year 4 students are required to participate in at least 39 weeks of clinical rotations and a 2-credit seminar-based course entitled Clinical Conference. Clinical rotations offer students the opportunity to apply their veterinary medical and professional knowledge and skills under the mentorship of experienced faculty members. Each rotation ranges in duration from one to three weeks and one week of rotation equates to one academic credit. Students are required to take a common core of eight three week rotations including Anesthesiology, Radiology, Companion Animal Medicine, Companion Animal Surgery, Community Practice, Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Large Animal Health Management, and Diagnostic Services. Beyond this core, students must take an additional three weeks of more specialized internal electives, while the remaining twelve weeks of electives may be any combination of internal or approved external rotations.


    First Year

    Semester 1

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVBS 1010 Macroscopic Anatomy I254VBS 1110 Microscopic Anatomy I122VBS 1210 Physiology I202VBS 1410 Integration of Structure and Function I052VBS 1040 Principles of Veterinary Research101VBS 1050 Professional Foundations I122VBS 1030 Animal Behaviour and Welfare202VHM 1110 Animal Production Systems212VPM 1110 Veterinary Immunology212 131619Semester 2

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVBS 1020 Macroscopic Anatomy II254VBS 1120 Microscopic Anatomy II1.41.73VBS 1220 Physiology II202VBS 1420 Integration of Structure and Function II031VHM 1120 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology212VHM 1130 Clinical Skills I031VPM 1220 Parasitology223VPM 1520 General Pathology223 11.417.719

    Second Year

    Semester 3

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVBS 2130 Veterinary Pharmacology I313VCA 2520 Diagnostic Imaging I111VHM 2310 Veterinary Public Health202VHM 2410 Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine111VHM 2510 Clinical Skills II   121VPM 2010 Bacteriology and Mycology       324VPM 2110 Virology223VPM 2210 Systemic Pathology I223VPM 2020 Professional Foundations II122 161320Semester 4

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVBS 2140 Veterinary Pharmacology II111VBS 2150 Veterinary Toxicology212VCA 2140 Diagnostic Imaging II111VCA 2120 Principles of Medicine 202VCA 2310 Principles of Surgery1.501.5VCA 2410 Principles of Anesthesiology1.501.5VCA 2150 Small Animal Primary Care Practice I202VCA 2130 Clinical Skills III041VHM 2220 Principles of Theriogenology101VPM 2220 Systemic Pathology II223VPM 2420 Clinical Pathology223VPM 2620 Aquaculture and Fish Health101 171120

    Third Year

    The third year of the DVM program consists of core and elective courses. Students are required to take all of the core courses and at least 16 credit hours of elective courses. The majority of elective courses are delivered in 5-week modules (M) in semester 6.

    Semester 5

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVCA 3160 Small Animal Primary Care Practice II101VCA 3150 Small Animal Medicine404VCA 3170 Small Animal Surgery404VCA 3130 Clinical Skills V020VHM 3220 Food Animal Health and Disease505VHM 3230 Equine Health and Disease404VHM 3540 Clinical Skills IV031VHM 3630 Professional Foundations IIIM01 18520Elective(s)

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVCA 3240 Advanced Small Animal Anesthesiology101VCA 3510 Introduction to Exotic Pet Medicine101VHM 3520 Principles of Integrative Medicine101Semester 6

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVCA 3130 Clinical Skills V022VCA 3140 Professional Foundations IV010.5 032.5Elective (s)   VBS 3110 Comparative MedicineM01.5VCA 3230 Advanced Large Animal AnesthesiologyM01VHM 3250 Production and Infectious Diseases of Food Animals

    M 0.5VHM 3260 Bovine Herd Management and NutritionM 0.5VHM 3270 Advanced Bovine Mastitis and Quality Milk Production

    M 1.0VHM 3280 Current Issues in Bovine Lameness, Welfare and Cow Comfort

    M 0.5VHM 3290 Topics in Poultry and SwineM 0.5VHM 3330 Topics in Small RuminantsM 1.0VHM 3340 Health of Aquatic Animals and the EcosystemM 1.0VHM 3390 Topics in Advanced Equine MedicineM 1.0VHM 3430 Advanced Equine Medicine TechniquesM 0.5VHM 3440 Equine Preventative MedicineM 0.5VHM 3450 Food Animal Anesthesia and Surgery M 0.5VHM 3460 Techniques in Food Animal Anaesthesia and Surgery

    M 0.5VHM 3470 Equine Anaesthesia, Surgery and LamenessM 1.5VHM 3480 Techniques in Equine Anaesthesia and Surgery M 0.5

    VHM 3510 Techniques in the Evaluation of Equine Musculoskeletal Diseases

    M 0.5VHM 3360 Topics in Advanced Equine TheriogenologyM 0.5VHM 3370 Advanced Equine Theriogenology TechniquesM 0.5VHM 3350 Topics in Advanced Bovine TheriogenologyM 0.5VHM 3380 Advanced Bovine Theriogenology TechniquesM 0.5M designates modular course format

    Fourth Year

    The fourth year of the DVM program consists of at least 41 semester-hours of credit comprising:

    • one two-semester-hour didactic course (VHM 4110)
    • 24 semester-hours (24 weeks) of core clinical rotations
    • at least 15 semester-hours (15 weeks) of elective clinical rotations.

    Semester 7 or 8

    Weekly contact (hours) CourseLectureLabCreditVHM 4110 Clinical Conference022Clinical rotations in Fourth Year must consist of at least 39 semester-hours of credit selected from among approved one-to three-credit-hour core and elective rotations. Fourth-year rotations require a minimum time commitment of 28 hours per week of each student, and emergency and out-of-hours duties may be required. Normally, one week of fourth-year rotation experience equates to one semester-hour of credit.

    Fourth-year rotation selections comprising the required 39 semester-hours of credit must meet the following criteria:

    • All students must take a core consisting of 24 semester-hours (weeks) of internal rotations as follows:

    a. Clinics in Radiology (VCA 4400)—3 weeks
    b. Clinics in Anaesthesiology (VCA 4000) —3 weeks
    c. Clinics in Companion Animal Medicine (VCA 4100)—3 weeks
    d. Clinics in Companion Animal Surgery (VCA 4300)—3 weeks
    e. Communit Practice (VCA 4340)—3 weeks
    f.  Clinics in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (VHM 4600)—3 weeks
    g. Large Animal Health Management (VHM 4230)—3 weeks
    h. Diagnostic Services (VPM 4500)—3 weeks

    • 27 semester-hours of credit must consist of internal rotations offered by the AVC.
    • 6 semester-hours of credit may consist of internal rotations offered by the AVC and/or external clinical experiences in institutional/specialist practices (VBS 4900, VCA 4900, VHM 4900, VPM 4900),
    • 6 semester-hours of credit may consist of internal rotations offered by the AVC, and/or external clinical experiences in institutional/specialist practices (VBS 4900, VCA 4900, VHM 4900, VPM 4900), and/or external clinical experiences in general private practice (VCA 4940, VHM 4940).

    Students are required to select rotations from the following list:

    VBS 4400 Exotic and Laboratory Animal Medicine
    VBS 4900 External Clinical Experience-Institutional or Specialist Practice
    VBS 4950 Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences
    VCA 4020 Clinics in Anaesthesiology II
    VCA 4200 Clinics in Companion Animal Medicine II
    VCA 4220 Clinical Nutrition in Companion Animals
    VCA 4320 Clinics in Companion Animal Surgery II
    VCA 4600 Clinics in Dermatology
    VCA 4750 Client Communications
    VCA 4800 Clinics in Companion Animal Cardiology
    VCA 4820 Clinics in Ophthalmology
    VCA 4900 External Clinical Experience-Institutional or Specialist Practice
    VCA 4940 External Clinical Experience-General Private Practice
    VCA 4950 Special Topics in Companion Animals
    VHM 4010 Career and Practice Management
    VHM 4020 Applied Epidemiology
    VHM 4030 Short Course in Applied Epidemiology
    VHM 4040 Aquaculture Health Management I
    VHM 4050 Aquaculture Health Management II
    VHM 4060 Topics in Regulatory Veterinary Epidemiology
    VHM 4120 Animal Welfare Assessment & Regulations
    VHM 4130 Fish Health
    VHM 4310 Clinics in Farm Service – Ruminants and Swine I
    VHM 4320 Clinics in Farm Service—Dairy
    VHM 4340 Ecosystem Health
    VHM 4360 Clinics in Farm Services—Swine
    VHM 4380 Ecosystem Health—Case Studies
    VHM 4410 Clinics in Farm Service—Ruminants and Swine II
    VHM 4430 Clinics in Farm Service—Feedlot Management
    VHM 4450 Clinics in Farm Service—Ruminant Nutrition
    VHM 4460 Clinics in Farm Service—Ruminant Mastitis
    VHM 4530 Clinics in Equine Ambulatory Service I
    VHM 4540 Clinics in Equine Ambulatory Service II
    VHM 4550 Clinics in Farm Service I
    VHM 4560 Clinics in Farm Service II
    VHM 4570 Clinics in Equine Sports Medicine I
    VHM 4580 Clinics in Equine Sports Medicine II
    VHM 4590 Clinics in Equine Ambulatory and Reproductive Services
    VHM 4610 Clinics in Large Animal Medicine & Surgery II
    VHM 4670 Swine Health Monitoring
    VHM 4680 International Small Holder Dairy Health Management
    VHM 4800 Clinics in Regulatory Medicine
    VHM 4810 Clinics in Ruminant Medicine and Surgery Rotation at the University of Montreal – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (English Rotation)
    VHM 4840 Veterinary Chiropractic Techniques (Cooperative Section)
    VHM 4860 Veterinary Acupuncture (cooperative section)
    VHM 4900 External Clinical Experience-Institutional or Specialist Practice
    VHM 4920 Advanced Equine Dentistry and Health Care
    VHM 4940 External Clinical Experience—General Private Practice
    VHM 4950 Special Topics in Health Management
    VPM 4100 International Veterinary Medicine
    VPM 4210 Foreign Animal Diseases
    VPM 4220 Foreign Animal Diseases with Practicum
    VPM 4300 Clinical Virology
    VPM 4600 Morphologic Pathology
    VPM 4720 Wildlife Health
    VPM 4900 External Clinical Experience—Institutional or Specialist Practice
    VPM 4950 Special Topics in Pathology and Microbiology

    What’s Required for DVM Admission?

    Admissions information for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program is organized into five (5) sections:

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

    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.

    Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

    Your mentors. Our professors.

    UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.

    DVM Program Tuition

    DVM program tuition costs vary depending on whether the seat is designated as Atlantic Canadian or International. If you are an international student, did you know that tuition is comparable or less than out-of-state tuition at most other US colleges of veterinary medicine?


    CAD $13,260 per year (domestic students).
    International students pay CAD $66,500 per year.

    For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

    Financial Aid

    We understand that the decision to attend veterinary school requires a major investment and UPEI’s Financial Aid Office is here to assist you in finding the best way to finance your education. For US DVM students, UPEI is pleased to be able to offer Direct Stafford Loans and Direct Plus Loans through the US Department of Education’s Direct Loan Program.

    For more information regarding financial aid for both Canadian and US students please visit the UPEI Financial Aid Office webpage.

    Scholarships and Awards

    UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

    Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.


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