To view all of the current courses in the DVM program, please visit the U of S Course and Program Catalogue. The following Subject Codes refer to all courses offered by the WCVM (DVM and graduate programs):
- VBMS — Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
- VLAC — Large Animal Clinical Sciences
- VSAC — Small Animal Clinical Sciences
- VTMC — Veterinary Microbiology
- VTPA — Veterinary Pathology
- VINT — Veterinary Interdepartmental Studies
Scholarships and bursaries
Over 170 various awards with an accumulated value of more than $330,000 are available to students enrolled in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM program.
The U of S Academic Services and Financial Assistance Office administers some of these awards while others are overseen by the WCVM Awards Committee. Many of these scholarships and bursaries have specific deadline dates, selection criteria and submission requirements.
- Please visit U of S Undergraduate Awards for Returning Students to view a complete listing of available to all students.
Bursaries: To be eligible for any WCVM-administered bursaries, you must:
- Complete the Financial Need Calculator on your PAWS account by the December 1 deadline date.
Scholarships: To be eligible for WCVM-administered scholarships, you must:
- Review the scholarship requirements below by the April 1 deadline.
Students wishing to apply for bursaries open to WCVM students must submit the online application for Continuing Bursaries and the Financial Need Calculator.
Please note: by simply submitting the online forms, WCVM students will be considered for all awards (listed in the following PDF document).
Tick boxes for the specific awards do NOT appear on the application form.
The Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s student body is organized through the Western Canadian Veterinary Students’ Association (WCVSA). Its objectives are to:
- instill a strong sense of professional pride and dignity in veterinary students
- stimulate interest in professional organizations like the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the provincial veterinary medical associations.
- promote awareness of the opportunities provided by these provincial, national and international veterinary organizations.
- promote the interests and welfare of veterinary students with regard to educational, social and athletic life.
The WCVSA oversees all of the student-related matters and is governed by an Executive Council that’s elected by the student body. Members of the WCVSA Executive Council are elected each spring and meet periodically at the request of the WCVSA president.
The 2020-21 WCVSA president is Alannah Friedlund, while the WCVSA president-elect is Jessica Jackson.
WCVM students are encouraged to attend and actively participate in the WCVSA general meetings that are held every three months. Become an active member of your association!
Questions or concerns? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This club is a student chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour. Membership provides WCVM students with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of animal behaviour by attending lunch talks and field trips, and participating in the WCVM's Teaching Dog Training Program. Past events include stock dog and clicker training labs, as well as presentations on swine enrichment and animal behaviour cases in private practice.
The WCVM DIVERSE club is focused on creating an inclusive learning environment for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
The club provides a safe space for BIPOC students, LGBTQ+ students and students with disabilities (and allies) to come together in solidarity to shine a much-needed light on racism, exclusion and discrimination within the veterinary field.
This club will serve as a source of information and education on proactive anti-racism and anti-discrimination for its members through discussions, guest speaker series and outreach initiatives. Finally, we hope this club will instil the confidence necessary for members to proudly and boldly promote a student and work environment free from discrimination.
As a branch of OVC (Ontario Veterinary College) DIVERSE, this club broadens its access to speakers, platforms and networks in the Canadian veterinary collegiate system.
This college-endorsed, student initiative allows undergraduate veterinary students a unique opportunity to investigate international animal health care in the country or countries of their choice. Initiated in 2002, groups of second-year WCVM students have spent part of their summers in Peru, Africa, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Mongolia, India and Sri Lanka.
This organization provides students the opportunity to gain interpretive skills for radiology, as well as advanced imaging modalities such as MRI, CT, and ultrasound. Challenging and relevant clinical cases from all species are discussed in weekly, student-led rounds. This club also provides insight into career opportunities in the rapidly expanding field of veterinary medical imaging. Activities include weekly rounds (every Monday at lunch in Room 2104), wet labs, pizza lunch seminars and guest speakers.
This club brings together students who are interested in practising companion animal medicine. The club strives to expand students' knowledge beyond the classroom through various club activities including lunch-time seminars on relevant and upcoming topics. Members also aim to gain hands-on experience through supplementary wet labs. The club provides leadership, mentorship and externship opportunities for students through its partnerships with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Animal Hospital Association.
This student-run club has the goal of acquiring and sharing knowledge on the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation and interactions with humans and domestic animals. Members will have the opportunity to network with other students and professionals in the field of wildlife health, and to receive regular invitations to workshops, labs, seminars and social activities related to wildlife disease and health. We also host an annual karaoke night, a yearly dog sledding trip, camping and hiking trips, and other outdoor activities for members who like to get outside!
Student handbook & Policies
- WCVM Student Handbook
- WCVM examination regulations and promotion standards
- Policy and Procedures for Concerns with Veterinary Student Professional Behaviour
- Guidlines for Excused Absences
- Clinical Year Leave of Absence Policy
As a courtesy, the WCVM Student Services posts summer positions for western Canadian veterinary clinics that are seeking undergraduate veterinary students.
Please note: WCVM Student Services only posts the positions and does not serve as the main contact for the job listings. For further details, please check each posting's contact information.
Rotations and externships
During their fourth and final year, WCVM veterinary students complete a series of two- or four-week practical rotations in a range of disciplines and interest areas. The rotations provide students with an opportunity to develop, integrate and apply veterinary medical knowledge and skills in a clinical setting under faculty supervision.
While most of these rotations take place in the WCVM Medical Centre, some students also gain clinical and applied experience at locations outside of the WCVM.
- WCVM Year 4 Clinical Rotations handbook (2020-2021)
- 580 Clinical Rotations change request forms (two forms are included in one PDF)
Submit completed forms to the WCVM Student Services Office (WCVM 4104.2). Note: Students are only permitted to make two changes to their clinical rotation during the year.
When expertise in a certain discipline or animal health area isn't available at the WCVM, senior veterinary students have the option of arranging an externship at another institution or practice in North America.
Before the externship application deadline of January 29, students must:
- complete and submit the Objectives and Location Proposal Form
- complete and submit the Faculty Support Form
- complete and submit the Externship Cover Page
- arrange for and submit the Externship Supervisor Agreement Form, signed by the hosting institution
Within two weeks of completing their externships, students must submit an Externship Evaluation Form (available on the student portal).