University Studies: Veterinary Medicine (Pre-Professional)


About this Program

Veterinarians provide healthcare for pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals. If you have a passion for animals and are interested in their care and welfare, a challenging and rewarding career as a veterinarian may be a good fit for you.

You can begin your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine here at MHC before applying to transfer to another institution. Choosing university transfer studies at Medicine Hat College can offer you many advantages. Lower tuition costs, smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with instructors can prepare you for a smooth transition into a larger university.

Admission to quota professional programs is not guaranteed and so all pre-professional students should have a back-up plan for an alternate degree program in case they are not admitted to the program of their choice.

High School
(Alberta High School Courses or equivalents with a minimum 60% average in the required courses)

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1
  • Physics 30

Mature Student
The following are minimum admission requirements. Please see an advisor for additional course-specific pre-requisites.

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math 30-1
  • Physics 30
Please see the program calendar or consult with an academic advisor for an up to date set of courses related to Veterinary Medicine.

Veterinarians may pursue their careers in a variety of ways:

  • Clinical practice - Veterinarians in clinical practice provide care and medical treatment for animals. They may work out of a veterinary clinic, or they may do home or farm visits. Some clinical practice veterinarians may work exclusively with small animals, like dogs and cats. Others may practice species-specific medicine like veterinarians who work exclusively with pigs or horses.
  • Public agencies - The provincial and federal governments employ many veterinarians to safeguard both animal and human health.
  • Research - Many veterinarians are employed in laboratories, researching animal health and biology. They may work for government or private companies. Some of their pursuits include studying animal genetics, developing new treatments for animal diseases, or exploring the relationship between human and animal health.
  • Private business - There are a wide variety of non-clinical businesses that require the expertise of a veterinarian. Veterinarians may work as consultants to pet insurance firms, overseeing the animal medicine department of many pharmaceutical companies, or working with animal food manufacturers
  • Food production - Veterinarians are involved every step of the way to keep our food supply safe. They monitor and maintain herd health and consult at meat production facilities to ensure that food animals are healthy and slaughtered humanely. 
  • Education - Academic institutions at the university and college level within Canada and around the world employ veterinarians to teach, care for animals on-site and / or conduct research to further evolve animal health care and understanding. 

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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