Veterinary Skills Training and Enhancement Program

Contact Information
Office Phone 519-767-6564
Fax 519-767-6732
Primary Contact Dr Alec Martin, Program Manager; Email:
Alternate Contact Jennifer Thurtell, Program Coordinator; Email:
Site Information
Site Location Guelph-University of Guelph
Located In Community Guelph
Address & Map
Ontario AgriCentre
100 Stone Rd W, Suite 110
Guelph, ON N1G 5L3
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Intersection Gordon St and Stone Rd W
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name VSTEP
Agency Information
Description (Agency) Primary source of education and retraining for internationally educated veterinarians striving to meet Ontario's licensing requirements in order to pursue a veterinary career.
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) Assists internationally trained veterinarians to obtain their license and find employment * offers training in workplace culture, medical ethics, business skills 
Joint project of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (OVC), in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Hours Office hours: by appointment only
Areas Served Ontario
Eligibility To obtain an Ontario license to practice veterinary medicine, most internationally trained veterinarians must pass three examinations: 
* Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam (BCSE) 
* North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) 
* Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE)
Application All internationally trained veterinarians who have passed either the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or the Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam (BCSE) may apply for VSTEP * applicants must pass both the NAVLE and the CPE before applying for licensure * VSTEP application forms available through website
Languages English
Fees Program - tuition
Categories and Classification
Service Categories Credentialing Program Development and Management Support ~ Internationally Trained Skilled Workers ~ Veterinarians ; Foreign Educational Records Evaluations ~ Veterinarians

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