Bioveterinary Science, Dalhousie University

Bioveterinary Sciences at the Dalhousie University: Dalhousie offers the only Bioveterinary Science program in Canada on their Agriculture Campus in Truro, Nova Scotia. This streamlined program can be tailored to complete all the prerequisites to any veterinary school in Canada in just two years! To top it off, the campus is on a farm so you will get hands on animal experience as early as your first year instead of waiting until the 2nd or 3rd year of your DVM. If you don’t get into vet school right away this four year program will provide you with relevant classes to vet school such as Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Veterinary Immunology.

Find out more about the program here!

Undergraduate Experience

This program is the only one of its kind in Canada. If you enjoy working with animals or are looking for a career in animal health/science this program is right for you.  The best part of this degree is that you are on a small campus, which is also a running farm. Your classes in first year are around 100 people and can drop to as low as 10-20 in your upper years. All of your professors will make an effort to know you by your first name and there are fantastic vet school advisors to make sure you are on the right track if that’s your end goal.

Enrichment Opportunities

There are also lots of opportunities to get involved with the farm such as an Adopt a Cow program, volunteer opportunities in the on-site teaching clinic, job opportunities in the cow, sheep, mink, and poultry barns, and some fun events such as College Royal (a campus wide livestock show). Whether you have spent your whole life on a farm and are looking to maintain the small town atmosphere or you are just starting your agricultural journey, there’s a spot for you on the Truro Campus.

Career Paths 

If you aren’t interested in veterinary medicine this program also prepares you for careers such as a wildlife conservation officer, animal nutrition specialist, or research technician.


The residence on campus is called “The Horseshoe” because there are 3 small residence buildings organized in a horseshoe shape. It is no more than a 10 minute walk from residence to any of the lecture halls and the dining hall is just outside the front door. All rooms are dorm style and most are single-occupant. More information can be found on their website.



Kaitlyn Busson



I am in my first year of Bioveterinary Science and this fall I will be applying to the University of Calgary for Veterinary Medicine. Eventually, I hope to be a production animal or equine veterinarian. Although I have yet to study on campus because of COVID-19, I am involved in the Pre-Vet Club and the Outdoor Society. The part of my degree that I am most excited for is to hopefully go on an Ecology Field Course in South Africa or India in the coming years.

If you have any questions about the Bioveterinary program, Dalhousie’s Ag Campus, transitioning to university from a really small town, or just generally getting ready for vet school in general please reach out via email, I would be happy to help. 


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Campus involvement

Pre-Vet Club, Outdoor Society