A long and winding road

Externship Project

Becoming a vet can be a long and winding road. As a veterinary student I have spoken at high schools, given tours for ‘take your kids to work day’ and been a representative at the Ontario Universities Fair (OUF) in Toronto. I have no problem giving out my email and helping out students who aspire to be veterinarians. Before I was accepted at the OVC I was lucky enough to have a current student help me with my application and now I feel that it is my duty to pay it forward when I meet someone who has questions. One part of giving tours at the OVC  means that I answer some questions repeatedly. I feel that a blog post may be useful to answer some questions and provide some resources that may be helpful.

The admissions requirements can be found here.

Some schools have a future vets club which can help answer difficult questions about being admitted to vet school (http://fvc.proboards.com/) but I will admit that during my undergrad I was very intimidated by some of the students who were involved. However, I did participate in the Mock Multiple Miniature Interviews they put on and would highly recommend these to anyone applying. They are normally held on two different weekends in February. The year that I applied I was lucky enough to participate in both weekends. The first weekend was terrible (I was 90 per cent terrified of the interviewers and 10 per cent did not know what to say), the second weekend was better (50 per cent apprehensive, 50 per cent confident). When it came time to do my official OVC interview I felt more confident and was less afraid that I would somehow confuse a cow and a cat.

A very popular question I get when talking to students (and parents) is about the kind of marks required. There is no hard and fast rule unfortunately (the minimum to apply is 75 per cent) as each year you are competing against a totally different set of students, but there is historical data on admissions to the OVC.  For my year the application statistics can be found here.

Looking at past statistics can give you a roundabout idea of what sort of marks you should be aiming for.

Veterinary and animal experience is a must, and I recommend as much time with as many species as possible.

I hope that the links provided answer some of the questions you may have on what it takes to get into the Ontario Veterinary College and become a vet!