Veterinary Clinical Education Program: OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership
The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has been a world leader in veterinary health care, teaching and research since 1862. The college works at the intersection of animal, human and ecosystem health, training veterinarians and scientists to improve the health of companion animals, ensure food safety and protect the environment.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs supports the college's Veterinary Clinical Education Program and the referral veterinary teaching hospital. The hospital is a key component in the training of undergraduate veterinary students, graduate students, interns and residents. It also serves veterinarians and animal owners in Ontario, Canada and the US. As part of their training, student veterinarians work closely with clinical faculty who provide a wide array of services to food animal, equine and companion animals in Ontario.
With the clinical training programs, veterinary students spend their entire final year rotating through the hospital clinical services to gain frontline experience. In addition to this comprehensive program, students are also required to complete an externship, spending eight weeks in a private primary care, mixed species practice.
OVC's post-graduate training programs raise the standard of veterinary health care and related public health in Ontario by graduating highly qualified personnel. OVC graduates contribute knowledge, expertise and experience to further the understanding of the complex relationships between humans, animals and the environment.
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