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OVC ranks first in Canada and top seven worldwide for veterinary schools

The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) is once again celebrating a top ten ranking among veterinary schools in the world through the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university rankings.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 ranked OVC seventh worldwide, as well as first in Canada and fourth in North America.

OVC has consistently placed in the top 10 since QS first included veterinary science in their rankings in 2015.

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

“This ranking pays tribute to our exceptional faculty, staff and students and the teaching, service and research they do to improve the health of animals, people and the environment,” says OVC Dean Jeffrey Wichtel.

The diversity of careers available to OVC graduates ensures a variety of opportunities in DVM, graduate and specialist programs in disciplines ranging from translational biomedical discovery to individual animal health and welfare to public health and animal population health.

OVC provides us with excellent opportunities to learn from passionate clinicians. Our faculty dedicates their time to go above and beyond for our learning experience and also recommends valuable networking opportunities for us to seek additional hands-on experience,” says Carmon Co, student veterinarian, class of OVC 2019.

OVC graduate and employer surveys one and five years out from the DVM program point to the high employability of a veterinary degree holder. Surveys consistently reveal 100 per cent employment within one year of graduation.

“Our world-class research encompasses translational medicine, infectious disease and zoonotic pathogens, and cutting-edge advancements in clinical care, recognizing a One Health approach,” adds Wichtel.

In February 2018, there was more than $40 million invested in active research at OVC through more than 320 current research grants.

In addition to this research, OVC has more than 60 projects supported by a unique partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), underlining U of G and OVC’s strong links to the Ontario agri-food industry.

“As part of the food university our work plays a vital role in advancing animal health and welfare, food safety and security, public health, disease modeling, and antimicrobial resistance and stewardship,” adds Wichtel.

The QS survey ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas, covering 48 disciplines as of 2018. To produce the rankings for this year QS analyzed more than 22 million papers, producing close to 200 million citations. 1,130 institutions have been ranked across 48 subjects in five subject areas, creating 14,000 published entries.

Read more about the QS university rankings on the University of Guelph website.