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Employment, Research and Volunteering Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

If you're looking for work on campus check out the Work Study Job Postings listed on the University's Student Financial Services site.

As a student veterinarian it's never too early to explore career opportunities. In first and second year the Veterinary Experience Program (VEP) gives you access to clinicians through volunteering, which may lead to summer or part-time employment.

The links below provide access to postings for clinical and other career opportunities in Canada and beyond:

Want to beef up your resumé? Be sure to check out the resources for resumes and cover letters on the University of Guelph Co-operative Education and Career Services.

Employers Seeking DVMs

  • Ready for that perfect graduating veterinarian?
  • Looking for a student veterinarian for the summer or for part-time employment?
  • Do you have a veterinary education or training opportunity to promote?

Send the advertisement via e-mail to the Student Affairs Office at Place "job posting" in the subject line and include the posting either in the body of the message or as a Word, PDF or Corel WordPerfect attachment. Postings will posted on this page and on our online Recruit Guelph service available to students and alumni.




Canada (not including Ontario)

USA and International



Residency in Equine Theriogenology at the University of Montreal

Université de Montréal:

Internship in: Bovine-Equine Ambulatory, Small Animal Medicine, Equine Medicine, FA Medicine & Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, SA Surgery, Bovine Medicine, Dairy Herd Health and Production ManagementInterventional Radiology & Interventional Endoscopy: Small Animal, Multispecies, Major FA, Minor Equine

Residency in: Zoo Medicine, Bovine Health Management, Bovine Population Medicine (Dairy), Equine Internal Medicine, Animal Behaviour, LA Surgery






Be sure to check the list of Undergraduate Research Assistantships (financial need) and Undergraduate Summer Research Assistantships in January. There are also summer research positions funded by a variety of sources.

CFIA Veterinary Student Summer Positions - apply to by noon January 21, 2019: 

  1. Initial Disease Investigation Virtual Classroom Training           
  2. Identification of risks associated with pathogen-bearing insect vectors to the Canadian livestock population as a result of climate change
  3. Establishing a foundation for the development of operational guidance and changes to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Animal Health Functional Plan (AHFP) as it relates to the social impacts of animal disease response
  4. Contingency Plan Development for Foreign Animal Disease Response in Special Premises
  5. Update import conditions for Animal Products and By-Products using the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS), Import Policy Framework, and the Health of Animals Regulations
  6. Update import conditions for Live Animals and Germplasm in the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
  7. Review and summary of the epidemiological investigations of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on game farms in Saskatchewan from 2003 onward in order to determine likely sources of infection
  8. Exploring illegal activities as pathways of introduction and spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) and other foreign and emerging animal diseases in Canada
  9. A Descriptive Study of Cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Horses from 2003 to 2018

SA position in St Catharines

LA position in Prince George BC

SA position in Toronto

VetCor has a number of Student Summer Positions


Research Opportunities for Students

Summer Student Research Assistantships

Be sure to check out the Undergraduate Research Assistantships (URAs) and the Undergraduate Student Research Assistantships (USRAs) offered in the departments of OVC. In addition to these, other positions are available for students interested in pursuing research over the summer months. In order to apply, potential faculty advisors must submit a proposal in January for the funding available, and students will then be solicited in February for applications for projects that are chosen for funding.

URA positions at OVC:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Pathobiology
  • Population Medicine


Some additional information on summer research for DVM students include:

  • The Summer Career Oppotunities and Research Exploration (CORE) Program is an educational program offering summer research students the opportunity to experience exciting talks, attend round table discussions and network with DVMs with a variety of career paths, prepare a research poster and visit several research facilities. The program is open to DVM, BSc and other undergraduate students who are working on summer research projects at OVC. Registrations are due in May. Students present an oral presentation of their research plans in May, and a summary of their work in August by presenting a poster in a conference style setting. The Summer CORE Program does not provide funding, it is open to all summer researchers at OVC. 
  • The Boehringer Ingleheim Veterinary Summer Internship Program provides an industrial research experience to those who have interest in laboratory animal medicine, comparative medicine, pathology, or related areas in biomedical research. The internships are open to all veterinary students. Deadline is February.


Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to gain additional veterinary experience outside the classroom:

  • Follow this link for the Canadian Veterinary Reserve information session presentation.
  • The Veterinary Experience Program (VEP) is a learner-centred program for Phase 1 & 2 students, established at the Ontario Veterinary College to provide crossover between academics and the world of work.
  • OVC Pet Trust also has many networking opportunities for student veterinarians. Pet Trust promotes the health and quality of life of companion animals. The fund supports studies and special projects that improve the quality of care pets receive and leads to advances in veterinary medicine. Visit the web page or contact Sandra at for potential opportunities.

Global Vets

Global Vets is a program at the Ontario Veterinary College which offers student veterinarians a unique opportunity to investigate animal health care in developing countries.


For other volunteer opportunities in the Guelph community:

  • The goal of Student Volunteer Connections is to promote student involvement in non-profit organizations in the Guelph community by providing students with up to date volunteering opportunities. This site is managed by the University of Guelph.