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OVC first in Canada, top five worldwide for veterinary schools

Ontario Veterinary College student veterinarians on the front steps of the college. The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has placed fifth worldwide in a global ranking of veterinary schools. 

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 ranked OVC first in Canada, third in North America and fifth worldwide. OVC has consistently placed in the top 10 since QS first included veterinary science in their rankings in 2015.

“This is a welcome and timely recognition of the highly productive community we have here at the Ontario Veterinary College,” says OVC Dean Jeffrey Wichtel. “The OVC’s fifth place ranking reflects our world-class research and stellar academic programming in graduate, DVM and veterinary specialist training, as well as the value these bring to employers, research partners and the regional economy. We are seeing unprecedented demand for our graduates across in Canada and beyond.” 

The QS ranking methodology focuses on key areas of academic reputation, research impact and the desirability of graduates by employers. 

OVC is one of five accredited veterinary colleges in Canada. Employer satisfaction surveys indicate that new graduates from OVC’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine consistently rank high.

OVC research, including agri-food, infectious and zoonotic disease, clinical medicine and translational and regenerative medicine discoveries, are recognized nationally and internationally.

The college holds more than $45 million in active research funding through more than 300 research grants, including more than $7 million for Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded projects and $11 million for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) projects.

In addition to this research, OVC has more than 40 projects supported by a unique partnership with the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, underlining U of G and OVC’s strong links to the Ontario agri-food industry.

The annual World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an international education network, name the world’s best universities in 48 academic subjects. QS looked at more than 1,300 universities from 83 locations across the world, the most comprehensive global overview by discipline of higher education.

Read more on the University of Guelph website.