Veterinary Clinical Education Program

Investing in animal and human health Picture of OVC front entrance

The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has been a world leader in veterinary health care, teaching and research since 1862. The college works at the intersection of animal, human and ecosystem health, training veterinarians and scientists to improve the health of companion animals, ensure food safety and protect the environment.

Partnership funding supports the college's Veterinary Clinical Education Program and the referral veterinary teaching hospital. The hospital is a key component in the training of undergraduate veterinary students, graduate students, interns and residents. It also serves veterinarians and animal owners in Ontario, Canada and the U.S. As part of their training, student veterinarians work closely with clinical faculty who provide a wide array of services to food animals, horses and companion animals.

With the clinical training programs, veterinary students spend their entire final year rotating through the hospital clinical services to gain front-line experience. In addition to this comprehensive program, students are also required to complete an externship, spending eight weeks in a private primary care, mixed species practice. OVC's post-graduate training programs raise the standard of veterinary health care and related public health in Ontario by graduating highly qualified personnel. OVC graduates contribute knowledge and experience to further the understanding of the complex relationships between humans, animals and the environment.

To find out more about OVC's One Health initiatives, visit their website.



Each summer DVM students from the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) delve into practical experience during their Externship Course in a mixed (companion and food animal or companion and equine) practice. They visit farms to treat cows and horses, work with dogs, cats and all manner of companion animals while applying the skills they've studied.

This summer, you'll have the opportunity to tag along with nine of them as they blog about their experiences, follow along at: 

New Initiatives

As part of the current Partnership agreement, funding was provided through the VCEP program to launch a Master of Public Health program and the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. These programs contribute to OMAFRA's continued emphasis on healthy animals and a thriving livestock sector in the province of Ontario.