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 (2016)

Approximate number of veterinarians in Canada: 13,736

Breakdown by gender:
Female: 7,599
Male: 6,137

Breakdown by province:
Alberta: 1,909
British Columbia: 1,652
Manitoba: 478
New Brunswick: 301
Newfoundland and Labrador: 114
Nova Scotia: 392
Prince Edward Island: 264
Ontario: 4,973
Quebec: 2,940
Saskatchewan: 681
Territories: 32

Veterinary Practices

Approximate number of practices in Canada: 3,482

Breakdown by practice type:
Large animal: 361
Companion animal: 2,212
Mixed animal: 909


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)