Foreign-Trained Veterinarians Immigrate To Canada

Published February 28, 2014

st bernardIn recent years, Canada has seen an increase in immigration among veterinarians who have received their education and licensing in foreign countries. Exams have recently become mandatory for foreign-trained veterinarians who are entering Canada.

These proficiency exams are given to be sure that veterinarians are knowledgeable about the English language, and that they can perform while meeting the same standards that are required of Canadian born veterinarians.

In the United States, foreign-trained veterinarians were required to complete a one year clinical course to make sure that they had proficient skills. Canada, however, did not have these requirements until recent years. The Canadian board, known as the National Examining Board, did not acknowledge the program that was widely being used in the United States.

They also did not offer any opportunities within Canada for foreign-trained veterinarians to be able to show that they are competent to practice veterinary medicine in Canada.

Foreign-Trained Veterinarians Persevered And Became Successful

Despite not having a set program in place to become licensed in Canada, foreign-trained veterinarians still managed to find success in the provinces. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of foreign-trained veterinarians in Canada today. In 2006, while 12 percent of other occupations had foreign-trained professionals, the number for veterinarians was 13 percent.

The provinces that have the highest numbers today of foreign-trained veterinarians are British Columbia and Ontario. Foreign-trained veterinarians are not perceived to be a big threat to native Canadians who have chosen the veterinary profession. This field is accessible to most people who choose to enter it.

Foreign-trained veterinarians had issues with the treatment they received due to the lack of specific testing and training programs. Some veterinarians felt that they were being required to score better in areas like English proficiency than their counterparts.

Animals Do Not Know The Difference

Miniature dogs are cute and cuddly, and by nature they show their love for all people, no matter what their heritage or cultural background is. Dog breeds like St. Bernard’s and Newfoundlands are sizable companions that provide plenty of slobbery kisses.

They don’t know what the collegiate degree on the wall is expressing, nor do they care. As long as the person is attentive to their needs and treats them well, they always express happiness.

Many employed in Canada’s Veterinary professions today feel that there should be a cooperative effort to foster acceptance of foreign-trained veterinarians as long as they have proven their qualifications. This effort should be focused on developing programs between the veterinary schools in Canada and the governing veterinary medical accreditation authorities.

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