Why study Bioveterinary Science at Dal?

Jumpstart your dream career working with animals

The only program of its kind in Canada, Bioveterinary Science will give you the foundation for a career in veterinary medicine and opens up a world of other exciting opportunities. Offered at our Agricultural Campus in Truro, N.S., this degree program is the starting point for your animal-related career.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (Bioveterinary Science), BSc (BVS)
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Animal Science and Aquaculture
Campus: Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Dalhousie's Bioveterinary Science program blends a core general science education with specialized courses in animal health and welfare. Our 200-hectare farm and high-tech laboratories give you opportunities in experiential learning. You’ll work directly with animals like sheep, dairy cows, fish, chickens and more in both an academic and research capacity.

Students begin by taking foundation courses in biology, chemistry, math, physics, genetics, biochemistry and cell biology. These courses will give you the background for more in-depth studies in topics such as veterinary epidemiology, animal health and nutrition and mammalian physiology. You’ll leave with an in-depth knowledge of animals and focus on issues related to their health and care.

Our students gain practical experience alongside accomplished faculty members whose research projects are relevant to the needs of the modern animal care industry. No matter your chosen path, your Bioveterinary Science degree will set you up for a successful career or future studies.

Sample courses:

  • Companion Animal Biology
  • Veterinary Immunology
  • Animal Health

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Download the Bioveterinary Science Factsheet [PDF -1.5Mb]

Careers and future study

Bioveterinary Science can be your launching point to a career as a veterinarian. But our graduates can also follow a wide range of other paths to success. The broad science education and specialized knowledge of animals you obtain in Bioveterinary Science prepares you for careers such as:

  • veterinarian
  • wildlife conservation officer
  • food promotion and inspection officer
  • animal nutrition specialist
  • research technician

You also open up a world of exciting opportunities for future studies. Students in the program can apply for early entrance into Canadian veterinary medicine programs after two years. Students who complete the four-year degree are prepared to apply to graduate programs in subjects such as animal science, aquaculture and pharmacy.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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