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The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), in Canadamarker, is Canada's oldest veterinary school located on the campus of the University of Guelphmarker in Guelphmarker, Ontariomarker.


The Ontario Veterinary College is one of the oldest veterinary schools in North America. It was established in Torontomarker in 1862, by the Scotmarker Andrew Smith, a graduate of the Royal School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburghmarker. It later moved to Guelphmarker, Ontariomarker in 1922 and became a founding college of the University of Guelphmarker in 1964. [44243]


The OVC is the only veterinary college in the province of Ontariomarker, and one of only four current veterinary colleges across Canada. (The other three are at the Université de Montréalmarker, University of Prince Edward Island, and the University of Saskatchewanmarker.) With the addition of a new veterinary college at the University of Calgarymarker in 2008; it will be the oldest of the five. [44244].

OVC is semi-autonomous from the University of Guelph. While registrations and fees are paid to the Guelph registrar, OVC has amenities such as its own Information Technology Services and student body council (the Central Veterinary Students Association). Until May 2009, it also had a functioning library, however, due to university cutbacks, most services and all non-reserve texts were transferred away from the OVC Learning Commons to the University of Guelph's McLaughlin library. Each year (referred to as a Phase) also has its own council which works with the CVSA.

New Developments

OVC has just recently been granted $9.5 million from the province of Ontario. The province is investing in a unique educational centre in primary healthcare at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).

The new facility is part of the overall redevelopment of OVC and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said president Alastair Summerlee. “The new primary health-care centre is an example of the leadership by the provincial government in investing in the future of our universities and colleges,” said Summerlee. “It will provide an opportunity for private/public partnership in creating better campus facilities for our students.”

The primary health-care centre will provide educational experiences in all aspects of primary health care, from surgical and technical skills to business and communication skills to preventive medicine, nutrition and animal welfare and behaviour. Students will learn to educate owners about the health of their animals and to enhance the bond people feel for their animal companions.

Also under construction at this time is a new state-of-the-art Pathobiology building to replace and supplement the current long-standing pathobiology department, and a new large animal isolation facility. Both facilities are expected to be completed sometime in late 2010.


The main OVC building is located at the corner of Gordon and College Streets in Guelph, Ontario.


OVC offers bachelor's degrees in bio-medical science, but its primary degree offering is the DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). The College also offers DVSc, PhD, MSc, MPH, and Diploma programs at the graduate level.

Student Life

A proud tradition at OVC is the naming of the class with a mascot and a colour. This mascot represents them throughout the four phases, and is used regularly in conjunction with not only academics, but also intramurals. Hockey plays a large part in these intramurals, with rivalries coming to a head in a college wide round-robin "Challenge Cup", held in March of every year.

Past Classes have included:
  • The 2007 Golden Grizzlies
  • The 2008 Blue Qimmiqs
  • The 2009 Jade Jaguars

Current Classes are:
  • The 2010 Crimson Crocodiles [44245]
  • The 2011 Black Mambas
  • The 2012 Silver Foxes
  • The 2013 Golden Phoenixes

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