Each province requires a separate license. 

  • Some provinces offer temporary licenses to those who meet the criteria for licensure.
  • All provinces require the National Board Examination in addition to province specific requirements.
  • Overseas veterinarians may have additional immigration requirements.

Alberta is a fantastic place to take a working vacation.  Whether your interest is in winter sports at world class ski destinations, or summer hiking and camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Alberta is a top tourist destination.
Veterinary care is top notch in Alberta with many referral centres in Edmonton and Calgary providing specialist care.  There is a generous spirit amongst the veterinary community in Alberta with a supportive network of colleagues.
Temporary licensure is available.
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association

*Veterinarians in Alberta are required to carry their own TPP prescription pad for controlled drugs.

British Columbia
Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics!  “BC” is a sea to sky province, with ocean, mountains, wine country and beautiful lakes.  BC is the perfect place to take a working vacation.   Choose a busy urban environment like bustling Vancouver, or a quieter pace in the rural areas of Vancouver Island or the interior.  Top quality medicine is standard here, with many referral centres throughout the province.
British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association

Lakes and fishing and lots to offer, Manitoba is a great place to work and live.  Small animal medicine is common in the capital city of Winnipeg and larger urban centres like Brandon. Outside of these areas, there is significant livestock farming. Primary livestock types found in Manitoba include swine, beef and dairy cows and poultry. Bison production is also increasing and horses are common throughout Manitoba. Temporary licensure is available.
Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association

Prairie oasis – Blue sky and a prairie lifestyle makes Saskatchewan a great place to work and live.  Most veterinary practices outside the urban centres are mixed animal practices. Temporary licensure is available.
Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association

Vibrant cities to beautiful lakes, from Toronto to Ottawa, the nation’s capital.  From Algonquin park to Point Pelee and everywhere in between, Ontario is the most populated province in Canada.
Ontario Veterinary Medical Association

Parlez-vous français?   From the cosmopolitan Montreal to historic Old Quebec, with beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains, Quebec can be described as the Europe of North America.  Proficiency in french is required for licensure.
Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec

New Brunswick
New Brunswick Veterinary Medical Association

Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association

Prince Edward Island
Temporary license available.
Prince Edward Island Veterinary Medical Association

Nova Scotia
Temporary license available.
Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association

United States

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