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About UCVM

The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) is the first veterinary college located in the province of Alberta. Fully funded by the Province, UCVM is dedicated to meeting the animal and public health needs of Alberta through its education, research and outreach programs.

Established following the BSE crisis in Alberta and a number of other important animal health events, UCVM was established with the goals of graduating an increased number of veterinarians with the skills to meet and adapt to the changing demands of rural Alberta, the food animal industries, environmental and wildlife health (ecosystem health), comparative health and biomedical research, and public health.

UCVM is committed to strengthening the connections between human and animal medicine, a concept known as One Health. Collaborating with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Medicine, UCVM will contribute to the health and welfare of animals and humans.



"Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal and human health"

UCVM is committed to excellence as an institution dedicated to the education of veterinarians and other experts in veterinary medicine, animal health and wellness, and comparative medicine. UCVM is dedicated to improving, protecting, and advancing animal health and human health through research and innovation. UCVM is about community. Bringing a broad community together to deliver a unique veterinary program; getting our faculty and students out into the community to learn and to share their knowledge; educating students capable of working in the many communities across Alberta that need to be served by veterinarians and capable of understanding and appreciating the needs of the global communities in which we live; working with the full University community to deliver our education and research programs; and conducting research that will reach out and benefit the communities that we serve. UCVM believes in: innovation in education; innovation in research; and innovation in creating learning communities. Innovation is about creativity, new knowledge, new approaches, and moving forward. That is what we are about: bringing innovation in research, education and professional service to the community; working with the community to ensure that innovation in these areas is translated into educational programs, new policies, and new practices; and ensuring that our activities and our graduates contribute to the advancement of animal and human health, locally and globally.



UCVM's mission is to meet the veterinary, animal and public health needs of Alberta through:

Excellence in delivery of a comprehensive undergraduate veterinary medical education, emphasizing production animal health, ecosystem and public health, equine health, and investigative medicine;

Excellence in clinical, diagnostic and professional teaching and service, in collaboration with our partners in the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community, and;

Excellence in the creation and distribution of new knowledge through research, graduate veterinary education, and continuing education in animal health, disease, and welfare, and its relation to human health.

Our education, research and service activities will contribute to the promotion and protection of animal and human health and welfare in Alberta, Canada and internationally.

UCVM remains committed to this Mission statement which emphasizes the educational focus of our DVM program, our partnership model of education and professional service founded on the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC), our focus on research and knowledge translation, and our commitment to continuing education. The Mission statement describes our five portfolio areas:

DVM education

Graduate Education


Community Learning

Return to the Community, including clinical and professional service

In our integrated core-elective DVM program, we deliver a core program comparative medicine and general veterinary practice that provides a foundation for all career pathways in veterinary medicine. We emphasize preparing students for practice in rural communities. The core program therefore includes the health and wellness of the major domestic species (including production animals, equine, and companion animals), wildlife health, public and ecosystem health, professional and communication skills, research skills and comparative medicine. The elective program addresses our areas of emphasis.

We remain committed to education, research and return to community in our four Areas of Emphasis:

Production animal health: population and individual animal health of all food and other production animal species; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of the livestock industry and rural Alberta.

Ecosystem and public health: animal and public health at the interface of domestic animals, wildlife, humans and the environment; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of society through public and private practice in areas related to public health, food safety, environmental and agricultural interfaces, wildlife/ conservation/zoo medicine and health.

Equine health: population and individual veterinary care of horses; educating veterinarians to meet the needs of the horse industry, horse owners, and rural Alberta.

Investigative Medicine: comparative medicine and biomedical research; encouraging students to pursue careers advancing animal and human health through research (basic, clinical, applied, or population health)

In our research and graduate education programs, we will continue to conduct research relevant to animal health, disease, and welfare, and its relation to human health. We will continue to establish effective partnerships and collaborations that build on our expertise and support our research programs. This includes collaborations with the Faculties of Medicine, Environmental Design, Kinesiology, and Science, among others, within the university. It also includes partnerships with community, NGO and industry groups and other research institutions in Canada and internationally. We will support Strategic Research Areas that advance our Mission, but we remain committed to supporting a strong foundation of research excellence across the disciplines that support our programs and our strategic research areas.

UCVM's Location:

UCVM located in the Health Sciences Centre at the Foothills Campus off 16th Ave N in Calgary and at the Spy Hill Campus in NW Calgary (85thStreet). These are the two main campus sites that serve our program Classroom work, basic science laboratories, and much of our research takes place at the Foothills campus. The Spy Hill Campus houses the Clinical Skills Building, the Veterinary Sciences Research Station, and the Wildlife Research Station. This is the site of hands-on clinical and diagnostic learning in the DVM program and clinical and applied research. The fourth year of the DVM program and much of our clinical research will take place in the Distributed Veterinary Learning Community that encompasses private practices, non-governmental organizations, private and government research laboratories, public health and policy environments, and partners engaged in wildlife and environmental activities. This rich assortment of locations and partners provides an exciting collaborative environment for our DVM, graduate, and research programs.

Please explore this website to learn more about our programs and our facilities.