Migrate to Canada as a Veterinarian
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Migrate to Canada as a Veterinarian (NOC 31103)

Canada has a critical shortage of qualified Veterinarians. If you are a qualified Vet with at least 1 year licensed Veterinary experience then you are eligible to migrate to Canada provided you can score 67 CRS points and have a positive Education Credential Assessment.

How to Migrate to Canada as a Vet


  • Have 1+ years of licensed Veterinary experience 
  • Hold a university degree in Veterinary medicine
  • Pass the NAVLE Exam
  • Pass a language test
  • Lodge an Express Entry application
  • Receive an Invitation to Apply
  • Pay the Visa Fees
  • Pass Health and Character Checks

Canada Visas for International Veterinarians


Vets qualify for Express Entry under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) either directly or via Provincial Nomination.


The FSWP is a Permanent Residency Visa, allowing the holder and their immediate family to live and wok in Canada, access healthcare, education, financial services and eventually apply for Canadian Citizenship.


Veterinarians are on the Express Entry Flagship Application Management System which is designed to fast track applications in certain sectors.


Criteria for Vets to move to Canada


You need to meet the following criteria:


Work Experience


Vets migrating to Canada are requited to have at least 1 years of licensed work experience.




Applicants must hold a relevant formal degree or postgraduate qualifications in Veterinary Medicine.


Educational Assessment Credential


To Immigrate to Canada as a Vet, you must already be licensed to practice in your home country. You’ll then need to get those qualifications accredited by the National Examining Board (NEB).


The National Examining Board (NEB) assess your International Qualifications and then require you to pass the the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licencing Examination). The NAVLE is compulsory for all Vets migrating to Canada.


Once you have passed your exams and gained your Certificate of Qualifications, you will then be able to make your Express Entry application, and apply for a provincial license to practice in the Canadian Province you have chosen to move to via The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.


Membership of some International Veterinary associations already meet Canada’s standards. These Countries include the USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Singapore, Ireland. If you are a licensed Vet in one of these Countries you may be exempt from the NAVLE, or take a reduced number of Exams.


Language Skills


You must be able to demonstrate a good level of English or French (the two main languages of Canada).


Express Entry Application


Vets are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Program & Provincial Nomination, which are administered by the Express Entry system.


Age Limit


There are no set age limits to migrate to Canada as a veterinarian, although after age 44 applicants score zero CRS points for age.


Job Offer


Qualified Veterinarian applicants applying to Immigrate to Canada are not required to have a formal job offer because Vets are on the Express Entry Flagship Application Management System.


Additionally, membership of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association means that you will have been awarded a ‘Canadian’ Qualification.


Having a formal job offer still helps your Express Entry application, and International Vets find this far easier then other professions because they already hold a Provisional License to practice.


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Background Checks


You’ll need to pass health and character checks.

Alternative Veterinarian Job titles that can Immigrate to Canada


Veterinarians are licensed professionals to care for the health of animals and work to protect public health. Veterinarians diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.


There are other job titles that fall under the Veterinary NOC code are:


  • veterinary pathologist
  • veterinary inspector
  • animal pathologist
  • equine vet
  • farm veterinarian
  • laboratory animal vet
  • small animal vet
  • veterinarian practitioner
  • veterinary anatomist
  • veterinary bacteriologist
  • veterinary dentist
  • veterinary epidemiologist
  • microbiologist vet
  • parasitologist vet
  • pathologist vet
  • pharmacologist vet
  • veterinary radiologist
  • veterinary surgeon
  • veterinary virologist
  • zoo veterinarian


Apply for Licensing as a Vet Migrating to Canada


The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association are responsible for registering and accrediting vets in Canada.


Before you can apply for registration, you’ll need to obtain a Certificate of Qualifications from the National Examining Board.


Vets in Canada are regulated by the individual Canadian Provinces. The Provincial Professional bodies use the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association accreditation as a basis for your local Provincial licensing.

What is the Criteria to migrate to Canada as a Vet?

Eligibility requirements include being a qualified Vet with at least 1 year licensed Veterinary experience, scoring 67 CRS points and being licensed by The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).

What is the age limit to Immigrate to Canada as a Vet?

There is no age limit to Immigrate to Canada as a Vet although, the older applicants are, the less CRS points they will get under the age factor.


Take a Free Visa Assessment to check your eligibility

Which skilled migration visas are suitable for Vets in Canada?

The Federal Skilled Worker Program is a popular choice for Veterinarians who want to immigrate to Canada independently without the need for sponsorship by an Canadian employer.


The Provincial Nomination Program is another attractive option for Vets. This visa requires a Veterinarian to be nominated by a Canadian province.

What is the NOC Code for Vets Immigrating to Canada?

NOC 31103

What is the Express Entry system?

The Express Entry system is an online application management system used by the Canadian government to process applications for permanent residency.


It allows eligible candidates to create a profile and enter a pool of potential applicants. The government then conducts regular draws and invites candidates with the highest Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores to apply for permanent residency.


Veterinarians are on the Flagship Express Entry Selection System which means a Job Offer is not required, and Vets get priority selection.

What is the format of the NAVLE assessment?

The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is a comprehensive computer-based examination designed to assess the knowledge and skills of veterinary students and graduates seeking licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Canada.


The NAVLE is administered via computer at designated testing centers. It is not a paper-based exam.


The exam is administered over two days, with each day consisting of a 4.5-hour testing session. There are a total of 360 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into two sections, with 180 questions on each day.


The NAVLE consists of multiple-choice questions that cover the following areas:


  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical medicine and surgery
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Public health and food safety
  • Animal welfare and ethics
  • Practice management and professional responsibilities


Some questions on the NAVLE are in case-study format, where the test taker is given a scenario or clinical case and asked to answer questions related to diagnosis and treatment, management.


The NAVLE is a pass/fail exam. The passing score is determined by the NAVLE Equating Committee based on statistical analysis of exam performance.

Do I Need a Job Offer to Immigrate to Canada as a a Vet?

No, a formal job offer is not a pre-requisite to submitting your Express Entry or getting an Invitation to Apply.


Veterinarian is on the Flagship Express Entry Nomination System which means qualified Vets are regularly invited to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program without a Job Offer.

Does having a Job Offer help my application?

Yes, even though Vets are on the Flagship Express Entry Nomination System having a job offer will also help.


To receive a Job Offer you must already by licensed to Practice as a Vet in the Province where the job is located.

Can I include my family members in my immigration application as a Vet?

Yes, your immediate family members are included.

Do I need to take a language test to immigrate to Canada as a Vet?

You need to take a language test as part of your application for immigration to Canada as a Vet. The language test is used to assess your proficiency in either English or French, which are the two official languages of Canada.

Can I apply for immigration to Canada if I have a medical condition?

Having a medical condition does not necessarily disqualify you from immigrating to Canada, but you will need to undergo a medical examination as part of your application to ensure that you do not pose a risk to public health in Canada.

Are there any specific websites or job boards focused on Veterinarian jobs in Canada?

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Job Board



Indeed Canada



Job Bank Canada


How long does the application process take to immigrate to Canada as a Vet?

Allow a timeframe of between 12-14 months from the absolute state to the very end of the process.

What is Canada like for Veterinarians?

Canada is a great country to live in as a Veterinarian. The major cities in the country (i.e. Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary) rate towards the top of the most livable cities in the world.

The people are generally friendly, there is lots of open space and many of the cities are filled with large parks.


Canada’s larger cities have more parks than a lot of other large cities around the world, and Calgary is voted as the cleanest city in the world.

What is the Salary for Vets in Canada?

In Canada, the median annual wage for veterinarians is $85,074, up to $139,667. Owners of Veterinarian practices earn considerably more.