The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) serves as the premier centre of veterinary education, research and clinical expertise for all of Western Canada. 

The following website is applicable to western Canadians and individuals from the Canadian territories who meet the WCVM residency guidelines.

Through the Interprovincial Agreement (IPA), the western Canadian provinces (B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba) provide funding for a minimum of 88 first-year seats.  


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Veterinary medicine focuses on animal health and the study of diseases that affect all animal species. Veterinarians receive comprehensive training in all basic and clinical sciences with relation to a variety of species, including food‑producing animals, horses, companion animals, exotic pets and wildlife.

Quick facts
  • Four-year degree. This doesn't include the two years of university-level studies that are required before admission to this program.
  • Full-time program
  • Academic year runs from mid-August to end of April

What you will learn

This program prepares you to meet the needs of animal health care in Western Canada and beyond. Our curriculum allows you to pursue personal interest areas including small, large or exotic animal care, surgery, medical imaging, anesthesiology, pathology, wildlife medicine, or animal-human health-related issues — just to name a few.

The veterinary curriculum is very diverse. You will learn about how the healthy body works, how it is disrupted and how to diagnose and treat various ailments. You will also learn about how animals are managed and how to keep them healthy.

You will gain hands-on experience with animals through formal laboratory exercises, elective courses and fourth-year rotations. You will also receive instruction in leadership, communication and practice management to prepare you for your future professional careers.

First two years
You will focus on basic and applied science core courses. You will learn about the functions of a healthy body and how they can be disrupted. Our new curriculum has an increased focus on clinical skills and ensuring that students have met vital competencies required to be a practising veterinarian.

Third year 
You will gain more in‑depth, focused learning including hands-on experience in particular areas of interest through a range of core/elective courses.

Fourth year 
You will gain clinical experience during the program's final year, completing a series of two- or four-week clinical rotations. Students can also arrange for externships at specialty practices, zoos and aquariums in other provinces or countries.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Why study here

Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC)

The college's Veterinary Medical Centre is Western Canada's centre for primary and specialized clinical services, as well as for veterinary teaching and animal health research.

Diverse caseload

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's diverse caseload ensures that veterinary students are exposed to a range of animal species and health issues during their senior years.

Undergraduate research program

One of the finest introductory research initiatives in North America, first- and second-year students have the opportunity to work alongside experienced researchers at the college, learning more about the world of research and gaining valuable, hands-on experience.

One Health

Veterinarians make ideal leaders of One Health, a global initiative for improving animal, human and environmental health through collaboration among all of the health sciences. That is especially true at uSask — the only Canadian university with a full complement of health science colleges and schools on one campus.


Veterinarians play a critical role in agriculture and production animal health, and the WCVM is well placed to educate new veterinarians in food animal medicine. uSask's College of Agriculture and Bioresources and the WCVM also collaborate on many food animal research studies that contribute to the students' training.

Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE)

The LFCE includes a 1,500-head beef cattle feedlot, a forage cow-calf facility, a livestock research unit, facilities for specialized livestock, and a production cow herd with over 400 breeding animals. 


Private practice
Mixed animal practitioners treat large and small animals while large animal practitioners focus on agricultural livestock. Small animal veterinarians provide health care for dogs, cats and exotic pets. Some private practitioners specialize in treating individual species such as dairy and beef cattle, swine, horses or companion animals.

Specialized disciplines
Clinicians with advanced training provide specialized services in many clinical disciplines including surgery, internal medicine, medical imaging, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, veterinary pathology, dentistry, wildlife medicine and oncology.

Public service
Provincial and federal veterinarians help to develop public policy and legislation related to animal and animal human health. They regulate the import and export of livestock and food products. They are responsible for the control of infectious diseases among livestock and wildlife from a local to global level. They provide diagnostic services and ensure the health and safety of commercial meat products.

Academia and research
Veterinarians are involved in teaching and studying animal health at veterinary colleges, universities and research institutions. Veterinarians also contribute to advances in human medicine and collaborate with researchers around the world.

Veterinarians take part in the research and commercial development of new feed products, drugs and technologies with animal health companies.

International accreditation

The WCVM holds the status of full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education, allowing the WCVM to operate as a qualified centre for veterinary education and research. 

WCVM graduates are eligible to practise in all provinces of Canada, in all American states and in most other countries around the world. 

WCVM students write the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) in the final year of the DVM program. The NAVLE is a comprehensive test that allows veterinarians to practise throughout North America. It is also accepted as a veterinary qualification in most other countries. 

  • The WCVM student pass rate for the NAVLE exam in the past three years has been 86 per cent (2023-24), 97 per cent (2022-23) and 100 per cent (2021-22) — well above the 80 per cent rate required by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. All veterinary graduates must pass the NAVLE before they can be licensed to practise in North America and in other parts of the world. 

The WCVM's Veterinary Medical Centre is also an accredited members of the American Animal Hospitals Association (AAHA). 

The college is recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This means WCVM graduates are eligible for membership in the RCVS, allowing them to practise in the United Kingdom and any country recognizing RCVS membership.

For further information about the WCVM’s accreditation, visit the WCVM website.

Tuition estimates

Interprovincial Agreement (IPA) seats 

Tuition and fees per year

IPA tuition $14,720
Student fees $1,121
Total $15,841

Tuition estimates reflect a typical amount you could expect to pay per year (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.

Non-Interprovincial Agreement (non-IPA) seats

*Non-IPA seats offered in fall 2020, fall 2021 and fall 2022

Tuition and fees per year

Tuition $14,720
Non-IPA seat rate* $55,000
Student fees $1,121
Total $70,841

Tuition estimates reflect a typical amount you could expect to pay per year (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
*Non-IPA seat: Non-Interprovincial Agreement seat. These student seats are not provincially subsidized by the WCVM's partner provinces and are subject to potential annual increases. 

Additional estimates of fees and expenses

Additional fees or expenses Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
WCVSA fees $25 $25 $25 $25
Board examinations (NAVLE) n/a n/a n/a $1,000
Sask. Veterinary Medical Association fees  $200 $100 $100 $100
TLD dosimeters $0 $0 $0 $30
Laptop computer $1,000 $0 $0 $0
Textbooks $1,500 $2,000 $1,500 $1,000
Printing and paper $300 $300 $300 $300
Instruments and special clothing $300 $300 $300 $300
Rabies immunizations $150 $0 $230 $0
Travel expenses (optional) $1,800 $1,800 $1,800 $3,000
Total (Canadian dollars) $5,275 $4,525 $4,255 $5,755

Prices subject to change and will vary from student to student and year to year. Living expenses are estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000 per academic year, depending on personal living/accommodation preferences. 

Preparing for veterinary medicine

High school requirements

There are no specific high school requirements for the DVM program. However, the following high school courses are often required for university-level pre-veterinary courses:

  • Grade 12 level mathematics
  • Grade 12 level biology
  • Grade 12 level chemistry
  • Grade 12 level physics
  • Students should consult with the institution they plan to attend for further information about high school prerequisites for pre-veterinary courses.

University requirements

    • Read through the Admission Requirements below to see what is needed to be considered for admission.
    • In addition to completing the required pre-veterinary courses, applicants should work toward an undergraduate degree since the majority of students have completed three to four years of university before gaining admission at the WCVM. This will provide you with alternative career choices if veterinary medicine is no longer an option. 

Pre-veterinary contacts

General counselling may be received by contacting the WCVM Admissions Office. Prospective applicants may contact the pre-veterinary advisor at their respective university for advising within their local context. 

British Columbia



Students have organized pre-veterinary clubs at a number of universities across Western Canada. If you're interested in learning more about the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program and enjoy meeting other students who have similar interests, these student-run organizations offer a range of opportunities including tours, wet labs, guest speakers and resource materials.

British Columbia



The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre offers volunteer opportunities to students interested in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program at the WCVM. 

Fall 2023 presentations

In fall 2023, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) will host a series of admissions information sessions for western Canadian residents who are applying to the WCVM's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program (fall 2024 entry).

Please see the information and links below. 

Thursday, Oct. 26
6:30 p.m. CST (SK
General Admissions
Click here to view video
WCVM Admissions Office
Thursday, Nov. 2
6 p.m. PDT (BC)
7 p.m. CST (SK)
B.C./Northern Territories panel
Click here to view video
WCVM students and alumni from B.C. and the northern territories
Monday, Nov. 6
6 p.m. CST (SK)
Saskatchewan panel
Click here to view video
WCVM students and alumni from Saskatchewan
Tuesday, Nov. 7
6 p.m. CST (MB/SK)
Manitoba panel
Click here to view video
WCVM students and alumni from Manitoba

Admission requirements

The following information provides a cursory overview of the WCVM's admission requirements. Before applying to the WCVM, please read the entire WCVM Applicant Manual that contains the college's official admission policies for fall 2025 entry. 

1. Residency

 As a regional veterinary college, the WCVM accepts applicants who are residents of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the northern territories. The number of applicants admitted each year is determined by an allotment system:

  • British Columbia: 40*
  • Saskatchewan: 25*
  • Manitoba: 20*
  • Territories (Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories): 1
  • Indigenous designated seats: 2

*British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba each designate one seat for applicants of Indigenous membership/citizenship (more details below) as well as agriculture-focused seats. See Appendices A, B and C in the WCVM Applicant Manual for more details. 

All applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Residents of foreign countries are not eligible to apply for admission to the WCVM. 

Transfer/advanced standing: The WCVM does not accept transfer (advanced standing) students into the DVM program. All applicants must start in Year 1 of the program regardless of previous education or experience.

An interprovincial agreement between the WCVM and its partner provinces (British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) specifies definite rules to determine an applicant's province of residence. Proof of residency is required for all applicants.

Please review the WCVM Applicant Manual for full residency rules.

Note: residency guidelines for fall 2026 entrants may change as the WCVM is currently negotiating a new Interprovincial Agreement (IPA) with its partner provinces. 

The WCVM has five first-year seats designated for Indigenous applicants — one in each provincial pool (B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba) as well as two seats in an open pool (B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern territories). Indigenous applicants who choose to apply and be considered for admission through the WCVM’s designated Indigenous seats must be First Nations, Inuit or Métis persons of Canada.

Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at USask is led and determined by the deybwewin | taapwaywin | tapewin: Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy.

Applicants with verified Indigenous Membership/Citizenship will be considered for admission in their provincial pool as well as the designated Indigenous seats. 

2. Required pre-veterinary courses

The pre-veterinary requirements consist of 60 credits (20 one-term/three-credit courses) of university-level courses from an accredited university/college. One credit represents one lecture hour equivalent per week for one term (or approximately one semester hour of credit).

Effective fall 2025 entry
6 credits of biology (lab required)
6 credits of chemistry (lab required)
3 credits of English/Communications
3 credits of Indigenous Studies*
3 credits of statistics
3 credits of organic chemistry
3 credits of physics (lab required)
3 credits of biochemistry
3 credits of genetics
3 credits of introductory microbiology
24 credits (eight one-term, three-credit courses) of electives

*Indigenous Studies prerequisite must be on historical context and effects of colonialism on Indigenous people. Click here to view the “Indigenous Studies Requirement” list.

Electives: There are no "preferred" electives. The choice of electives should be based upon the requirements of the program in which the student is enrolled or the student's general interests. 

Pre-veterinary courses completed at USask are usually completed through the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Pre-veterinary courses not completed at USask may be taken at any accredited post-secondary institution (as recognized by USask). Non-residents of Saskatchewan will not improve their chances of admission by attending the USask for pre-veterinary coursework. Courses taken as part of vocational programs — such as animal health or veterinary technology programs — are not usually accepted to meet the college's pre-veterinary course requirements. 

Course guidelines: Courses included in the overall and best full-year average calculations must be appropriate or aligned with an applicant’s year of university and program. For example, upper-year students should be taking predominantly third- and fourth-year courses as opposed to introductory-level courses. Please see Section II.B. of the WCVM Applicant Manual for full details. 

Full course requirement: All applicants must have completed at least two full years of university courses. The definition of a "full year" for this purpose is a minimum of 24 credits (eight or more one-term/three-credit courses, excluding labs) completed within the regular September to April academic year. Please see Section II.B. of the  WCVM Applicant Manual for full details.

3. Academic requirement

  • A minimum, overall average of 75 per cent is needed to be considered for admission.

All grades are converted to a common scale for comparative purposes and this converted average will be used.

4. Situational judgment test

All applicants are required to complete a situational judgment test (i.e., Casper).

Casper is an online situational judgement test that measures aspects of your social intelligence and professionalism like ethics, empathy, problem-solving and collaboration. Note: the Duet assessment offered through Acuity Insights is not required.

Casper is an open-response situational judgment test that takes around 90 to 110 minutes to complete online.

The last Casper test date that will be considered for this application cycle is January 21, 2025. Applicants must select the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine for distribution before the February 15, 2025, deadline.

You will need to create an account and sign up for the CSP-10201 — Canadian Professional Health Sciences version of Casper. To account for identity verification and payment processing timelines, ensure that you register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. Applicants requiring testing accommodations must submit a request at least four weeks before their scheduled Casper test date.

Please direct any inquiries on Acuity Insights Assessments to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right corner of your screen on the website.

Casper test results are only valid for the admissions cycle in which the test is taken. Applicants who have already taken Casper in previous years are required to retake it to be eligible for subsequent admission cycle(s).

5. Animal and veterinary experience

Applicants are required to have both experience and good knowledge of animals and the veterinary profession to be successful in gaining admission. The diversity, quality, depth and breadth of animal and veterinary experiences are assessed in the interview.

The importance of animal and veterinary experience is to ensure applicants “know what they are getting into” and are making an informed career choice.

Veterinary experience
Experiences should be obtained under the supervision of a veterinarian in placements such as clinical practice, research laboratories, animal shelters, animal rehabilitation facilities, public health settings or another related industry where a veterinarian is employed. Veterinary experience provides applicants insight into the day-to-day life as a veterinarian and an understanding of the veterinary profession. The purpose of the experience is not to learn a basic core of veterinary or animal handling skills. For many, obtaining veterinary experience means spending quality time with a veterinarian — either as a volunteer or as a paid employee.

Animal experience
Significant animal experience is required because it's assumed that most veterinarians will be working with animals during their career. Experiences working with animals allows applicants to determine how well they enjoy working with animals. These experiences also help to give an indication of their aptitude and compassion. "Significant animal experience" goes beyond pet ownership. For example, it could include responsibility for the care and husbandry of livestock or a food animal unit, breeding/showing animals, experience at rehabilitation facilities or humane societies/shelters, working in a pet store, participating in equestrian activities, or any other animal-related hobby or experience where a veterinarian is not always present.

Applicants' experiences are often consistent with their career goals. However, it's important to understand the diversity of the veterinary profession since both the DVM curriculum and the veterinary licensing examination require proficiency in a broad range of areas for successful completion. For this reason, it is strongly advised that applicants gain experience working with a variety of species such as cows, horses, pigs, chickens, fish, exotics, wildlife, dogs and cats.

The WCVM admissions committee recognizes that applicants' career goals in the veterinary profession may change over the course of their education. During the admissions process, there are no "preferred" career choices. Applicants with an interest in one type of practice are not given preferential treatment over those with interests in other areas.  

The amount of animal and veterinary experience will vary from one applicant to another because some individuals are more perceptive than others and some experiences might be more useful than others.

Some applicants will be able to obtain these insights after minimal exposure while other applicants may need more time and exposure.

Admission process

Admission to the WCVM is highly competitive, and completion of the pre-veterinary requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the college's DVM program. 

Selection criteria

Selection is based upon assessment of a number of factors including: 

  • mental aptitude
  • academic performance
  • motivation
  • maturity
  • experience with animals
  • leadership qualities
  • social awareness
  • communication skills
  • an understanding and knowledge of the veterinary profession

Degrees or diplomas held are not factors in the selection process.

The weighting of selection factors is 60 per cent academic and 40 per cent non-academic. The weighting is used to establish the rank order of applicants who will be offered admission — with the exception of the agriculture-focused seats (see appendices A, B and C of the  WCVM Applicant Manual)

Note: a minimum score in the Situational Judgment Test will be required (as determined by the WCVM Admission’s Committee) to be eligible for admission consideration.

Transcripts and academic performance

Mental aptitude and academic performance are mainly evaluated by academic transcripts.

All university work undertaken is considered when evaluating academic performance. The courseload of the applicant is a consideration. 


The academic score, as outlined below, is the basis for interview offers: 

  • 2/3 overall average (all university courses completed) — require a minimum average of 75 per cent
  • 1/3 best full year average*

*The definition of a full year for this purpose is a minimum of 24 credits (eight or more one-term/three-credit courses excluding labs) completed within the regular September-April academic year. 

The structured interview is designed to assess the applicant's understanding of the profession with the veterinary program and to evaluate non-academic qualities. Referees' evaluations and overall documentation are also used to assess these non-academic qualities.

Applicants will be permitted to have a maximum of three interviews. After an applicant has had three interviews, the WCVM will not consider any further applications. 


Applicants are required to nominate two referees to support their WCVM application. One referee must be a veterinarian while the other must be an individual who has an animal-related or agricultural background. Space is provided on the application form to list referees name and email address. 

Referees will be contacted directly and asked to complete the reference form online. View a sample reference form.

Entry statistics

Quota: 88 25: SK
40: BC
20: MB
2: Indigenous
Total western Canadian applicants: 287 85: SK
132: BC
54: MB
13: Indigenous (included in provincial numbers as well)
12: AB (non-IPA seats only. None offered for fall 2023 entry). 
Years of university

2 years: 11
3-4 years: 37
5+ years: 40
Admitted with BSc degree complete: 50
Admitted with MSc/professional degree complete: 1


The deadline to apply online for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program is December 1. 

Before you apply

Before submitting your application, please review the essential skills and abilities (see below) required for the study of veterinary medicine. 

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan is responsible to society to provide a program of study that produces graduates with the knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to practise veterinary medicine.
  • Graduates are expected to diagnose and manage health conditions in a wide variety of animal species.
  • Graduates must provide compassionate care to animals and be able to communicate clearly with owners, regulatory agencies and others.
  • Graduates must also meet licensing requirements and pass licensing examinations.

While a disability should not preclude a student from consideration for admission, disabilities must not prevent the student from:

  • communicating with owners of animals and colleagues
  • observing patients
  • collecting and analyzing clinical data
  • performing medical and surgical treatments
  • maintaining animal and human safety
  • demonstrating appropriate judgment during the veterinary training process

Applicants who are admitted to the DVM program will be required to attest that they are able to meet essential skills/technical standards with or without reasonable accommodation.

Essential skills/technical standards

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan is committed to collaborating with students to ensure accessibility and to ensure a respectful culture of accommodation. We encourage students to proactively seek accommodations.

After review of the essential skills for veterinary medical education, applicants and students who require reasonable accommodation to fully engage in the program should contact Access and Equity Services to privately discuss their accommodation needs. Timely requests are essential and encouraged, as, given the clinical nature of the program, time may be needed to create and implement the accommodation. Accommodations are never retroactive.

Essential skills for veterinary medical education

Applicants and students must demonstrate a number of essential skills and abilities. These are also called “technical standards” and refer to all non-academic criteria that are essential to participation in the program.

Students should be able to directly obtain information from demonstrations and procedures in pre-clinical and clinical coursework. Students should be able to assess a patient and evaluate findings accurately, detect changes in patient behaviour, physical and mental status to provide appropriate veterinary care. These skills require the use of vision, hearing and touch, or the functional equivalent.

Students should be able to communicate with clients and all members of the health care team, to establish effective professional relationships in order to elicit and provide information. Students should be able to communicate effectively and sensitively, both in person and in writing.

Students should, after a reasonable period of time, possess the capacity to directly perform physical examinations and preventive, diagnostic, medical, surgical and emergency procedures. Such actions require some co-ordination of both. gross and fine muscular movements, balance and equilibrium.

Intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities
Students should be able to comprehend, retain and apply detailed and complex information and engage in problem solving in pre-clinical and clinical coursework.

Students are expected to possess the ability to accurately measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize and communicate information. In addition, after a reasonable amount of instruction, students should be able to comprehend spatial and three-dimensional relationships of structures, such as the anatomical structure of an animal. And students should also be able to adapt to different learning environments and modalities.

Behavioural and social abilities
Students should possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with clients, fellow students, faculty, staff, and the entire health care team. They should be able to fully attend the curriculum, which requires active engagement in educational and clinical activities. They should display flexibility and adaptability and function in a fast-paced, changing environment with the uncertainties and stressors inherent in the clinical problems of many of their patients.

Students must also be able to receive, comprehend and act on informal and formal constructive feedback. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, professionalism, interest, motivation, punctuality and consistent attendance are all personal qualities that are expected during the education process.

Ethics and professionalism
Students should maintain and display ethical and professional behaviours commensurate with the role of a veterinarian in all their interactions with clients, patients, faculty, staff, fellow students, the entire health care team and the public. After a reasonable period of time, students should also be able to demonstrate realistic self-assessment of knowledge and skills and engage in personal reflective practice to achieve the competencies of the program and of the profession. The student is expected to understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of veterinary medicine and function within the law and ethical standards of the profession.

The essential skills delineated above must be met with or without reasonable accommodation. This policy exists to ensure students who are entering the DVM program are aware of the requirements necessary for the study of veterinary medicine, and they have a reasonable opportunity to complete the program and earn a DVM degree.

After reviewing the essential skills, students who determine that they require reasonable accommodation to fully engage in the program should contact Access and Equity Services to discuss their accommodation needs privately.

Accommodation information, not diagnoses, is shared with appropriate administrative and teaching staff and faculty on a need-to-know basis related to the timely implementation of accommodation. Given the clinical nature of the program, time may be needed to create and implement the accommodation. Accommodations are never retroactive; therefore, timely requests are essential and encouraged.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality and security of your personal and credit card information. The university's privacy procedures are based on the: 

Privacy is defined as the protection of the collection, storage, destruction and dissemination of personal information.

Information collected

Personal information collected includes information required to:
  • process and evaluate your admissions application
  • correspond with you regarding your application
  • process your application fee

Personal and credit card information (card number, expiry date, CVV code and name) is collected to:

  • identify you
  • protect you and the University against error or fraud
  • provide ongoing service
  • comply with legal requirements

Personal information on your application is collected for the purpose of evaluating your admissions application and producing statistical reports.

By providing information on this web site, you are consenting to the use of the information collected as described below.

Your decision to withhold particular details may limit the services we are able to provide. If you prefer not to provide information through the web site, please contact our office by email ( or call 306-966-7459. When you submit your application online, you will be required to pay online via credit card.

Use of information authorized by you
Information provided by you on this form and any other personal information collected and maintained by the University of Saskatchewan will be used to: 
  • evaluate and process your current admissions application
  • contact you
  • report statistics for the current admissions year
  • analyze historical trends.

The University of Saskatchewan will not disclose information other than that identified above unless authorized by you, or when it is required or permitted by law.

When required by law
The type of information that we are legally required to disclose may relate to criminal investigations or government tax reporting requirements. In some instances such as legal proceeding or court order, we may also be required to disclose certain information to authorities. Only the information specifically requested is disclosed and we take precautions to satisfy ourselves that the authorities making the request have legitimate grounds to do so.
When permitted by law
There are some situations where we are legally permitted to disclose personal information such as employing reasonable and legal methods to collect a delinquent account or to investigate suspicion of illegal activities.

Credit card information is validated by Moneris Solutions, a service company of the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal.


Online security

The University of Saskatchewan has taken several measures to ensure the confidentiality and security of your personal information. We use several layers of robust security methods including SSL technology, encryption, firewalls and timed log-outs to ensure the confidentiality of your personal and financial information.

  • SSL (secure socket layer technology) is the industry standard tool for protecting and maintaining security over the internet. To ensure that your connection is secure, look for a "closed lock" or an "unbroken key" icon located at the bottom right-hand side of your browser's task bar, a yellow background in the browser location bar or other indication specific to your preferred web browsing software.

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  • Timed log-outs mean that sessions are terminated after a period of inactivity just in case you forget to log out or leave a computer unattended during an online session.

When you are finished conducting online transactions or visiting secure web sites, remember to properly log off and close your browser. This will ensure that any information stored on your computer or in your browser is erased — preventing others from being able to view this information later.

Many internet browsers will automatically complete forms by remembering previously typed-in information. This means your credit card information could be stored in memory long after you have left our merchant site. If you are using a computer that is publicly accessible — such as an internet café or public library — please be aware that your personal information may be at risk.

Customer files

Customer information is retained for the period of time required to fulfil the purpose for which it was collected. Credit card information is validated by Moneris Solutions, a service company of the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal.

The University takes reasonable precautions to protect the personal information collected from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Financial information provided (credit card details) is stored in encrypted text and is available only to authorized users.

If you believe that there has been a breach of security of this site, please contact the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Office (tel: 306-966-7459).

Customer service

Your electronic payment transaction will be completed once credit card authorization has been received. Payments will be charged to your credit card by Moneris Solutions (our credit card processor) and typically processed within seven business days.

If you require further information, please contact the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Admissions Office (tel: 306-966-7459).

You can contact the University of Saskatchewan to change or update information you have provided by calling the WCVM Admissions Office (306-966-7459). The WCVM Admissions Office is open each business day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST).

If you have complaints about the privacy or security of this web site, please contact the WCVM webmaster.

Submitting transcripts

All applicants must have official transcripts sent directly from institutions attended to the WCVM Admissions Office, either by email to or mail to:

Admissions Office — Room 3101
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, U of S
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK  S7N 5B4

Official transcripts should be sent at the time of application unless applicants are currently enrolled in university courses. In such cases, current year transcripts are required immediately upon grades being reported in both January and May for the September-December and January-April terms, respectively.

University of Saskatchewan transcripts will be accessed directly (not required from registrar).


Complete the online application.

After you apply

When the application and supporting documents have been received and evaluated, the WCVM Admissions Office will contact applicants who will be interviewed.

Note: Two applicants are interviewed for each first-year seat (for example, 40 applicants will be interviewed for the 20 allotted Manitoba seats). 

Final selections for admission are made after interviewing is completed. The process is usually completed before July 1.

College info

The four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)

Established in 1963, the WCVM is the premier centre of veterinary education, research and clinical expertise. It serves as the regional veterinary college for Canada’s western provinces and the northern territories. As one of Canada’s five veterinary colleges, the WCVM is a key member of Canada’s veterinary, public health and food safety networks.

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If you are looking for graduate level (master's or PhD) programs please consult our graduate students' website.


Tel: 306-966-7459

Admissions Office
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5B4