Atlantic Veterinary College

Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island University is a great place to obtain your DVM. See how it compares to other programs.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

AVC Veterinary School has four departments: Biomedical Sciences, Companion Animals, Health Management, Pathology and Microbiology. According to their official website, “One of five veterinary colleges in Canada, AVC is the only institution offering in Atlantic Canada educating doctors of veterinary medicine. Since our first class graduated in 1990, AVC has been a fully accredited college and has experienced remarkable success and growth. Over 1,300 graduates from AVC now work in private practice, academia, research, government, and industry around the world. We take great pride in providing our students with an excellent education in veterinary medicine. Because of our small size, we get to know our students by name while offering them world-class opportunities. We are focused on fostering innovation and academic excellence. Guided by our mission as stated below, we are educating future leaders in veterinary medicine and research leaders.” 

The Atlantic Veterinary College is committed to improving the health and welfare of animals and humans through excellence in education, discovery, professional practice and dedicated service to Atlantic Canada, our nation, and the world.

Atlantic Veterinary College


Academic and Student Affairs
Phone(902) 566-0882
Email[email protected]

University of Prince Edward
Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC Veterinary School)
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, PE Canada C1A 4P3


Quick Facts

1. Application Deadline
Applications are due October 2nd.

2. GRE
The GRE is required. Results must be reported by December 15.

3. Four-year Total Tuition Cost 
Based on 2014-2015 tuition rates for the DVM degree

Canadian Student Tuition: $52,204 ($13,051 CAD 1st year)
International Student Tuition:
 $227,284 ($56,821 CAD 1st year)

4. Accreditation
University of Prince Edward Atlantic Veterinary College was given full accreditation status by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The next full review by the AVMA is scheduled for 2018. 

5. School Rank
University of Prince Edward AVC Veterinary School was not ranked by US News and World Reports in 2011.

6. School History
The University of Prince Edward Atlantic Veterinary College was established in 1986. It is one of the only five schools with DVM degree in Canada and the only veterinary school in Atlantic Canada. The school awards DVM degrees, Master degrees, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. 

7. Transfer Students
Yes. Transfer students are accepted. 


Admissions Information

The typical size of the first-year class at AVC Veterinary School is 60 students. They accept up to 35-40 Atlantic Canadian students and 20-25 Non-Canadian students every year. AVC Veterinary School will consider applications from Advanced Standing/Transfer Students into second year only if pending the availability of a seat.  A number of elective opportunities are also available in the third year to allow students flexibility according to their chosen career path. In the fourth year, courses consist of core and elective clinical rotations. Students have more than 50 clinical rotations to choose from, including internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, diagnostic services, diagnostic imaging, farm service, equine ambulatory service, wildlife health, aquaculture health, cardiology, theriogenology, and client communications.

Evaluation criteria

Your academic credentials including your Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) will be assessed by the Registrar’s Office, while other criteria and activities will be assessed by the admissions committee through an interview process.

There is no minimum overall GPA stated. The GPA of most recent entering class is 3.70 on a 4.00 scale.

• Academic ability 55%
• Noncognitive ability 35%
• Veterinary experience 10%



Atlantic Canadian Applicants:

• Application Deadline: October 2
• GRE Scores – December 15
• Official transcripts (if enrolled in courses) – February 1
• Official transcripts (if granted an interview) – June 1

Non-Canadian Applicants:

• Application Deadline – October 2
• GRE Scores – December 15

Advance Standing or Transfer Students:

• Application Deadline – January 1


Pre-requisite Course Requirements
A total of 50 points of the applicant score will be based upon grades attained in the 20 required courses (15 specified and 5 electives with the highest grades). These 50 points will be calculated as follows:

a) 30% or 15 points from the average of the four biological science prerequisite courses:

• Genetics (1)
• Microbiology (1)
• *Animal Biology Electives (2)

b) 70% or 35 points from grades in the remaining 16 required courses as listed:

• Math courses (one being statistics) (2)
• Chemistry courses (1 Organic Chemistry) (3)
• Physics course (1)
• English courses (1 Composition) (2)
• Humanities and/or Social Sciences (3)
• Electives in any area (5)

* Examples of animal biology courses include first-year general biologycell biology, vertebrate histology, vertebrate anatomy, vertebrate physiology, vertebrate zoology, and molecular biology.


Required Experience

Animal/Veterinary-Related Experience

You must submit an organized and detailed description of your veterinary and animal experience within the last five years. Atlantic Veterinary College strongly encourages applicants to get experience in a wide variety of animal and veterinary related areas. The detailed description will be assessed by two members of the Admissions Committee.


Degrees Offered

Graduate & PhD

• Master of Science – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
• Master of Veterinary Science
• Post Graduate Diploma in Pathology or Microbiology
• PhD in Veterinary Medicine