They’ve tended to thousands of cows, horses, dogs and cats, hundreds of caged birds, dozens of reptiles and now the first 30 graduates from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine are heading out to work—around the corner and all over the world.
The first students to graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Calgary this spring are taking jobs in all areas of veterinary medicine—in established practices, in research and at internships in veterinary hospitals.
The University of Calgary’s vet school is one of a handful anywhere to use only a community-based model—sending students to dozens of different clinics to learn first-hand the veterinary and business skills they’ll need to become successful practitioners.
This unique model has been getting noticed. The first class aced the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, a knowledge-based test that students have to pass to be eligible to be licensed as a veterinarian anywhere in North America. The class received a 100 per cent pass rate on the exam, beating the typical rate of 90 to 95 per cent.
Their innovative educational grounding is opening career paths in a wide variety of specialties—large and small animal practices, wildlife and exotic animals, research, teaching and more.
See how five of these new grads represent this diversity as they begin jobs in a range of fields, near and far.