Atlantic Veterinary College

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Atlantic Veterinary College
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TypePublic veterinary school
Established1986; 36 years ago (1986)
DeanDr. John VanLeeuwen, Interim Dean (Present)[1][2]
Academic staff
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Students68 DVM students per year
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 4P3

46°15′29″N 63°08′27″W / 46.2581°N 63.1409°W / 46.2581; -63.1409Coordinates: 46°15′29″N 63°08′27″W / 46.2581°N 63.1409°W / 46.2581; -63.1409
AffiliationsUniversity of Prince Edward Island

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) is an accredited and globally recognized veterinary school in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University of Prince Edward Island, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.[3][4]


AVC accepted its first class in 1986 at the University of Prince Edward Island. It is the only veterinary school in Atlantic Canada and only one of five in Canada educating Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


The DVM program in AVC is "fully accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association,[5] and it is recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom."

AVC's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a four-year professional degree program. Each year AVC accepts 68 students into its DVM program. Forty-one of AVC's annual seats are reserved for residents of Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick has 13 seats, Nova Scotia has 16 seats, Prince Edward Island has 10 seats, and Newfoundland and Labrador has 2 seats). The remaining seats available are for international students.[4]

In addition to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program, AVC offers Master of Science (MSc), Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc) and Doctoral (PhD) programs within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Some of the academic areas of expertise at the Atlantic Veterinary College include the Center for Veterinary Epidemiological Research,[6] the Center for Aquatic Health Sciences,[7] and the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Center.[3]


Dr. John VanLeeuwen (DVM, MSc, PhD)

  • Interim Dean (2021 - current)

Dr. Gregory P. Keefe (DVM, MSc, MBA)

  • Dean (2015 - 2021)

Dr. Daniel Hurnik (DVM, MSc)

  • Interim Dean (2014 - 2015)

Dr. Donald L. Reynolds (DVM, PhD, ACVM)

  • Dean (2008 - 2014)

Dr. Timothy H. Ogilvie (DVM, MSc, ACVIM)

  • Dean (1999 - 2008)

Interim Dean (1998 - 1999) Dr. Lawrence E. Heider (DVM ACVPM)

  • Dean (1991 - 1998)

Dr. Brian I. Hill (DVM, MS, ACVIM)

  • Interim Dean (1990 - 1991)
  • Acting Dean (1989 - 1990)

Dr. Reg Thomson (DVM, PhD, MVSc, ACVP)

  • Founding Dean (1985 - 1990)

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "Gregory Paul Keefe". UPEI. University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Keefe Bio". AAVMC. Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b Day, Jim (26 February 2020). "Injured bald eagle provides good teaching opportunity to P.E.I. vet students". Journal Pioneer. Summerside, Prince Edward Island: SaltWire Network. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (2020). "Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)". Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Canadian veterinary colleges teach access to care". JAVMA News. American Veterinary Medical Association (published 15 January 2020). 2 January 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Centre for Veterinary Epidemiological Research". University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Centre For Aquatic Health Sciences | An academic centre of expertise in finfish health research". Centre For Aquatic Health Sciences. University of Prince Edward Island. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Mitch (14 Jan 2018). "'Keep your focus blurry,' Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet, advises AVC students". The Guardian. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: SaltWire Network. Archived from the original on 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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