As part of the animal kingdom, we coexist with many other animals. Pets offer us warm company. Animals in zoos and circuses provide recreation. Various species of animals are raised for their meat, milk, skin, and other commercial products. And the existence of others plays a role in maintaining ecological balance.
Just like humans, animals have health issues that require medical attention. These problems hinder their growth or functioning. Veterinarians are adept at providing relief to such animals. These doctors may also contribute to the companies that produce food or supplements for animals.
Becoming a veterinarian is an excellent career choice for those who love animals. Even the pay is significant — the average annual salary for a veterinarian is $83,000. Corporate vets typically earn more than those with a private practice.
A degree in veterinary medicine opens up various avenues for you. You can move into any of the many roles available in academic institutions, feed companies, laboratories, pharmaceutical distributors, wildlife veterinary agencies, and even the military.
Canada has 5 veterinary colleges:
- Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal
- Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island
- Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Of these, only three made it into the 2020 Global QS World University Rankings. These three are the best colleges to study veterinary science in Canada.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal
3200 Sicotte Street, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada, J2S 2M2
Global QS World University Ranking 2020: 43
Canada QS World University Rankings 2020: 3
The Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) is part of the Université de Montréal and is the only French-language veterinary college in North America. As of October 2020, the FMV is the only institution with a research and teaching capacity in veterinary medicine in the state of Quebec.
It was based in Oka, Quebec before moving to Saint-Hyacinthe in 1947. After the move, it was affiliated with the Quebec Department of Agriculture. Then in 1969 it became a faculty of the Université de Montréal. The FMV has received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Programs: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and postgraduate diploma programs
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada, T2N 1N4
Global QS World University Ranking 2020: 42
Canada QS World University Rankings 2020: 2
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was established in 2005 as part of the University of Calgary following the 2003 mad cow crisis. Their goal was to educate veterinary graduates well about the unique challenges they face in rural Alberta.
UCVM’s major areas of expertise include animal welfare, cattle health, equine health, disease ecology, infectious diseases, reproductive and regenerative medicine, and veterinary education. Animal welfare, cattle health, equine health and disease ecology are the high priority areas for research at UCVM.
In addition to undergraduate courses, UCVM also runs professional training programs to help veterinarians do their job even better.
Programs: DVM, MSc and PhD. and advanced clinical training programs (fellowships, internships, and residencies)
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
50 Stone Road E., Guelph, ON, Canada, N1G 2W1
Global QS World University Ranking 2020: 5
Canada QS World University Rankings 2020: 1
Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is both the oldest veterinary college in North America. It is recognized by AVMA-COE (American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education). It also has full accreditation status.
You can expect excellent learning opportunities for their graduate programs. OVC takes on the task of preparing students for all the challenges they are likely to face as veterinarians in the real world. They focus their work on three areas that directly impact quality of life:
- Individual animal health and welfare
- Animal Population Health and Public Health
- Translational biomedical discovery
OVC had developed all of its infrastructure, resources and services to provide a solid foundation for the advancement of student learning, faculty research and teaching. OVC is also in the good books of the community thanks to the many connections it has made and nurtured since its inception in 1862.
Programs: DVM, MSc, Ph.D., DVSc (Doctor of Veterinary Science) and postgraduate diploma courses
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