The statistics presented here are based on information contained in the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association database. The information is compiled by the CVMA based on data collected by provincial veterinary medical associations and the CVMA itself.

Veterinary Demographics (2018)

Approximate number of veterinarians in Canada: 14,999

Breakdown by gender:
Female: 8,393
Male: 6,403
Undisclosed or unknown gender identity: 203

Breakdown by province:
Alberta: 2,097
British Columbia: 1,733
Manitoba: 504
New Brunswick: 321
Newfoundland and Labrador: 130
Nova Scotia: 408
Prince Edward Island: 321
Ontario: 5,710
Quebec: 2,967
Saskatchewan: 765
Territories: 30


Approximate number of practices in Canada: 3,224


Approximate number of pets living in Canadian households

Cats: 8.8 million
Dogs: 7.6 million

(Source: A 2016 survey of Canadians conducted by Kynetec on behalf of the Canadian Animal Health Institute)