The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) of the Université de Montréal to introduce new veterinary qualification program for veterinarians with foreign degrees

April 19, 2023

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) of the Université de Montréal will introduce a new qualification program in veterinary medicine in 2024.

This new program will lead to an attestation of qualification in veterinary medicine. It will allow veterinarians, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who hold a degree from an educational institution that is not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), to complete a preparatory trimester and a year of clinical practice at the FVM by enrolling in the Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (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.

Addressing the Veterinary Workforce Shortage

"This new program provides yet another solution to the issue of labour shortages in veterinary medicine. It will allow veterinarians with foreign degrees to practice in Quebec after only a year and a half of clinical studies," says Christine Theoret, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Université de Montréal.

This program is in addition to another major initiative that addresses the veterinary workforce shortage. The Université de Montréal's decentralized veterinary medicine training program, in partnership with the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), will soon welcome 24 additional students to its cohort per year. The new qualification in veterinary medicine also integrates the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in its professional dimension, since this program essentially targets candidates from abroad.

The Next Steps

The application process will begin in August, 2023 and will end on November 1, 2023. The program will start in the winter 2024 semester and will accept up to seven applicants per year, depending on the capacity of the DVM program.

Dr. Marie Archambault
Vice-Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Université de Montréal