Global Vets is a student run program at the Ontario Veterinary College, which allows student veterinarians a unique opportunity to explore animal health care in developing countries.  The program was started in 1997 by two second year students and is modelled after a similar program Called Defi Vet-Mond at Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montreal.

The pilot project took place in the summer of 1998, allowing two students from the Ontario Veterinary College to travel to India and volunteer with various animal health professionals.  Upon their return, they shared their experience with the University of Guelph community and the animal health industry throughout Canada.

Dogs at the Koh Samui
Dogs at the Koh Samui Dog & Cat Rescue in Koh Samui, Thailand

Mission Statement & Philosophy

Global Vets was formed to promote international collaboration on animal health and welfare, agricultural development and ecosystem health. The program strives to enhance working relationships and the exchange of ideas between Canadian veterinarians and their colleagues in developing regions of the world.

Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephants at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand

About the Program

Following completion of their second year of the DVM program, OVC students have the opportunity to participate in Global Vets. Interested students form independent groups and gain knowledge about current issues facing veterinary medicine in the developing countries of their choice.  With the guidance of the International Veterinary Medicine Club and faculty members at OVC, the students create project proposals based on the needs of their chosen region.  Participants are responsible for planning their project itineraries, making contacts in their host country, and raising sponsorship and awareness for their project. While abroad, student veterinarians in the program are able to collaborate with local veterinary teams to not only enhance and refine their own skills and knowledge, but offer their own insight and share unique perspectives from North American veterinary medicine. Upon their return home, students are expected to share their experiences with colleagues to create awareness of international challenges facing the health of animals and humans around the globe. In addition, the 2018 participants will be responsible for guiding next year’s Global Vets team to continue the program’s success in years to come.

If you have questions, would like more information about the program, or are interested in supporting the 2018 team, please do not hesitate to contact us.