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Visiting the College

Maps and Directions

View Map to OVC

Referral or Visit?

Whether travelling to OVC for a patient referral or to visit the college facilities these maps will help you find us:


Ontario Veterinary College (located at the corner of College Avenue and Gordon, Guelph, ON)
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada, N1G 2W1

Contact us or call:

Office of the Dean OVC Companion Animal Hospital or
Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer
Large Animal Hospital Ruminant Field Services Clinic
519.824.4120 x54401 519.823.8830 519.823.8840 519.836-3510

More about present day location

OVC Main Entrance

The Ontario Veterinary College (founded 1862) was the first college in Canada to offer courses in veterinary medicine. Originally affiliated with the University of Toronto, in 1922 the college was moved to its present day location in Guelph at the corner of College Ave. and Gordon St. on the campus of the University of Guelph.

College Tours

Booking a Tour for Prospective Students

Prospective applicants and their families may book a visit during the Fall and Winter semesters (September to April). These tours are usually held on Friday and begin at 12:30 pm and are approximately 50 minutes in length. Tours outside the regular Friday tours, such as on weekends on in the evenings are possible only if a tour guide is available. During the months of May to August, visits to OVC may be limited depending on tour guide availability.

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Booking a Tour for Special Interest or Other Groups

We also accomodate tours for individuals or groups who wish to explore specific aspects of the veterinary college, but are not interested in applying to the OVC for study. These visits may be guided by students, faculty, alumni or other identified individuals depending on the focus of the visit. These kinds of visits must be requested a month in advance and are subject to guide availability. These visits may be subject to a fee and follow the same procedure as above for tour bookings.

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Tour Contact

Contact OVC Tour Reservation at 519-824-4120 Ext. 54430 or email

Where to Meet for Tour

All OVC Tours begin in room 1713 of the OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, located northwest of the corner of McGilvray Street and Gordon Street. Metered parking is available in parking lot P64 and P26 which is parallel to College Avenue adjacent to the Small Animal Clinic. The meters require a coin deposit of $2/hour.

Once parked, walk around the front of the Main Building (facing Gordon), and enter the double glass doors at the bottom of a small staircase. The entrance of the OVC cafeteria will be on your right. Walk straight to the end of the hall and you will see room 1713. Your guide will meet you there.

University of Guelph Historical Walking Tour

The Ontario Veterinary College is the thirteenth location on the University of Guelph's Historical Walking Tour.