To ease mounting pressure on animal health professionals and add more qualified individuals to Canada’s veterinary workforce, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) at the Université de Montréal is introducing a veterinary qualification program for those with foreign degrees.
The program will allow veterinarians who hold degrees obtained internationally (i.e. from an educational institution not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association [AVMA] and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association [CVMA]) to complete a preparatory trimester and a year of clinical practice at the FVM by enrolling in the DVM program.
Candidates will then be eligible to take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). An application for licensure may subsequently be filed with the Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec (OMVQ) after successful completion of the clinical year and the NAVLE.
The program, which is open to candidates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents, will, ultimately, lead to an attestation of qualification in veterinary medicine.
“This new program provides yet another solution to the issue of labour shortages in veterinary medicine,” says FVM dean, Christine Theoret, DMV, IPSAV, MSc., PhD, DACVS. “It will allow veterinarians with foreign degrees to practice in Québec after only a year and a half of clinical studies.”
The program will begin in the winter 2024 semester and will accept up to seven applicants per year, depending on program capacity. The application process will begin in August 2023 and will close Nov. 1.
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