About VSTEP

The Veterinary Skills Training & Enhancement Program (VSTEP) is a joint venture of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and the Ontario Veterinary College of the University of Guelph (OVC). VSTEP wishes to be the primary source of education and re-training for internationally educated veterinarians wishing to pursue a rewarding and successful veterinary career.

    

In order to obtain an Ontario licence most internationally trained veterinarians must pass three examinations including the Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam (BCSE), the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE).

VSTEP will assist international veterinarians as they strive to

VSTEP participants will receive didactic and practical skills training from top faculty and seasoned practioners in

Species emphasis will be on the dog, cat, horse and cow.

Application to VSTEP 2017 is limited to those internationally educated veterinarians who have successfully passed either the BCSE or the NAVLE. VSTEP will also consider applications from candidates enrolled in the American Association of Veterinary State Boards PAVE (Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence) who have passed the Qualifying Examination of that program.

Others who may be considered for VSTEP include veterinarians

VSTEP Participant Information

In order to fully participate in VSTEP 2017 including any opportunities to perform surgery, participants must hold an appropriate valid licence with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO). VSTEP participants who have graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from an unaccredited but acceptable institution and who have successfully completed the Basic and Clinical Sciences Exam are eligible for a restricted licence under immediate supervision of another licensed veterinarian. To access information on obtaining a Restricted Licence under supervision, please visit:
  1. Registration Process and referrals to the Registration Committee: http://www.cvo.org/For-Applicants/Registration.aspx
  2. Registration Committee Policy on VSTEP Participant Licensure: http://www.cvo.org/CVO/media/College-of-Veterinarians-of-Ontario/Applicant%20Section%20Documents/RegistrationCommitteePolicies.pdf
  3. Registration Requirements: http://www.cvo.org/For-Applicants/Registration/Registration-Requirements.aspx
  4. Registration Steps and Timelines: http://www.cvo.org/For-Applicants/Applicant-Types/Internationally-Trained-Veterinarians.aspx

VSTEP Graduate Information

The CVO provides VSTEP graduates and other internationally trained veterinarians (who graduated from undergraduate veterinary medicine programs that are not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association-Council on Education and who have passed the NAVLE) with the opportunity to acquire practical experience working under the supervision of a CVO member with a general licence, before they have passed the National Examination Boards’ Clinical Proficiency Exam. Eligible applicants may be granted Restricted Licences under supervision by the College’s Registration Committee.
  1. Registration Process and referrals to the Registration Committee: http://www.cvo.org/For-Applicants/Registration.aspx
  2. Registration Committee Policy on Restricted Licensure: http://www.cvo.org/CVO/media/College-of-Veterinarians-of-Ontario/Applicant%20Section%20Documents/RegistrationCommitteePolicies.pdf
  3. Registration Requirements: http://www.cvo.org/For-Applicants/Registration/Registration-Requirements.aspx
  4. Registration Steps and Timelines: http://www.cvo.org/For-Applicants/Applicant-Types/Internationally-Trained-Veterinarians.aspx


VSTEP
has been sponsored by the Government of Ontario.