Academic Pathways

How Do I Become a Veterinarian

Tip Sheet

Read our tip sheet for more detailed information about the educational steps and registration requirements to become a veterinarian.

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Quick Facts

  • There is only one institution in Ontario that provides veterinarian training: the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph.
  • All applicants must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). If the exam is not passed in two attempts, successful completion of the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE), a hands-on, practical exam, is required once the NAVLE has been passed (The College of Veterinarians of Ontario).
  • Veterinarian licences in Ontario are renewed annually. In 2018, 4,878 licences were issued by The College of Veterinarians of Ontario.   

Do you have more questions about the educational steps required to be a veterinarian and how to get there?

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