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Application Procedures

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

Before submitting your application, please review the essential skills and abilities (see below) required for the study of veterinary medicine. 
Essential Skills and Abilities
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 to the degree program in veterinary medicine should be familiar with the essential skills and abilities required for the study of veterinary medicine.

Essential Skills and Abilities Required for the Study of Veterinary Medicine

Candidates for the DVM degree must demonstrate a number of essential skills and abilities. 

1. Observation: The student must be able to participate in learning situations that require observational skills. In particular, students must be able to observe animals and acquire visual, auditory and tactile information from their examinations. 

2. Communication: Students must be able to acquire an adequate history from an owner. Students must be able to hear and observe their animal patients in order to effectively collect information and describe the findings.  

3. Motor Skills: The student must demonstrate sufficient motor function to be able to perform a physical examination on an animal that may include palpation, auscultation, percussion and diagnostic procedures including examination with an ophthalmoscope, otoscope or stethoscope on large and small animals. Students must be reasonably able to execute motor movements to achieve general proficiency with surgical therapy and other related therapies.

4. Intellectual Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: The student must demonstrate the cognitive skills and memory necessary to measure, calculate, analyze, integrate and synthesize information. In addition, the student must be able to comprehend dimensional and spatial relationships. There are diagnostic, problem-solving activities commonly encountered during the DVM program that will need to be executed in a timely fashion.

5. Non-technical Attributes: Veterinary students must consistently demonstrate non-technical skills, knowledge and aptitudes that allow them to interact with clients, collect histories, apply sound judgment and complete responsibilities in the diagnosis and treatments of animals. Students must be able to develop effective relationships with owners, staff and colleagues.

This policy exists to ensure students entering the DVM program are aware of the requirements necessary for the study of veterinary medicine, and that they have a reasonable opportunity to complete the program and earn a DVM degree.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to facilitating the integration of students with disabilities into this college community. Each student with a disability is entitled to reasonable accommodation that will assist him or her to meet the requirements for graduation from the college.

Reasonable accommodation will be made to facilitate each student's progress. Such accommodation, however, can not compromise animal well-being or the safety of the people involved. Therefore, it may not be possible to accommodate all disabilities and allow for successful completion of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.

For additional information regarding support, contact the University of Saskatchewan's Disability Services for Students Office.

In addition to submitting a completed application form, applicants must arrange for the following:

  • Official transcripts of university records: All applicants must have official transcripts sent directly from institutions attended to the WCVM Admissions Office:

    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 reporting 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).

When the application and supporting documents have been received and evaluated, the WCVM Admissions Office will contact applicants who will be interviewed to inform them of the time and place of the interview. 

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

The weighting of selection factors to determine the rank order of acceptance is 60 per cent academic and 40 per cent non-academic.

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

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The University of Saskatchewan is committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality and security of your personal and credit card information. The University 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 (wcvm.admissions@usask.ca) 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 deliinquent 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.

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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.

  • Encryption scrambles your data into an unreadable format to inhibit unauthorized access by others.
  • Digital certificates verify the identity of the web site and organization you are accessing to protect you from counterfeit sites.

  • 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 infomation 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.

For more information, contact:

Admissions Office, Room 3101
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK   S7N 5B4
Tel: 306-966-7459 • Fax: 306-966-8747
Email: wcvm.admissions@usask.ca