Qualifications to Enter Veterinary Medicine.

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Qualifications to Enter Veterinary Medicine


                                                                                         By: Candice Williams

The first step to take to become a veterinarian is to choose an undergraduate college. When selecting a school, it is smart to consider factors such as location, cost, type of school, size of the school, and availability of pre-veterinary advisors. Apart from some exceptions, students usually complete a four-year bachelor's degree program before entering veterinary school.

The Ontario Veterinary College is the oldest veterinary college in the Americas in terms of continuous operation. It began in Toronto in 1862, was moved to Guelph, Ontario in 1922 and became a founding college of the University of Guelph in 1964. The Ontario Veterinary College has the following advanced degree programs: Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc). For entry to the Masters of Science program a Bachelor of Science (Honors) or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree is needed. To be accepted to the Doctor of Philosophy program you must complete a Master of Science program by thesis, even though top students may, if approval, go directly to the Doctor of Philosophy program before completing their Master of Science degree. A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equal) degree is needed for entry to the Doctor of Veterinary Science program.

Applicants must have shown achievement in the understanding of scientific material and must be able to quickly and effectively learn large amounts of material and solve problems. In order to see if the student has these qualifications they (College) will refer to the student’s previous school records. The College will look for the quality and constant grades. For admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine the student must have a full semester, which will include 5 courses (2.5 credits) from the course list.    

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Successful candidates should prove to be honest, reliable, mature and determined. It is important that professionals have good communication and leadership skills, and that they have a talent for working well with others. To help in identifying these students, who have these and other qualifications, the applicant must complete a Background Information Form.  This form will ask for their academic program, work experience and extra-curricular activities. Also, applicants will have to write a short essay about why they would like to study veterinary medicine. Confidential references will be needed from three people qualified to give a fair, educated, significant report ...

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