64% of people prefer spending an evening with their pet over their significant other, according to a survey by The Huffington Post Canada. If that tells us one thing, we know that Canadians are passionate about their furry companions. If you’re a veterinarian interested in pursuing a career in Canada, you’re on the right track. In this blog, we take an in-depth look at what it takes to immigrate to Canada as a vet.
In 2020 alone, Canada aims to welcome 341, 000 skilled workers. As a veterinarian, your chances of permanently settling in the country are promising. For one, the country is experiencing a shortage of workers in many occupations due to its retiring population, and for this reason, there is no shortage of jobs available for skilled foreign workers in Canada.
Secondly, many young professionals are relocating to popular cities, like Vancouver and Toronto, leaving the smaller, remote regions without the skills they need to thrive.
To immigrate to Canada as a vet, you have to satisfy the requirements of an immigration program. Did we mention that Canada has more than 70 immigration programs and visas that you can apply through to live and work in the country?
Learn more about Canada’s popular immigration and visa programs below. Or, check which Canadian immigration program you qualify for with a quick, online assessment. Simply, fill in the contact form below and we’ll do the rest.
Why Work in Canada as a Vet?
IMG: A farm vet inspecting a cow, a cow vet, a cattle vet, immigrate to Canada as a vet.
Whether you specialize in domestic animals or large animals, Canada’s 13 provinces and territories provide a multitude of opportunities for you to make your mark as a vet and earn a pretty great salary at the same time.
Here is the average annual salary for vets in Canada, according to Neuvoo.
|Average Annual Salary for Vets in Canada|
|Type of Vet||Salary in CAD|
|Veterinarian||$87, 500 – $126, 300|
|Veterinarian Assistant||$27,300 – $44,363|
|Large Animal Veterinarian||$75,000 – $150, 000|
|Equine Veterinarian||$50, 000 – $103, 901|
|Aquatic Veterinarian||$57, 256 – $115, 000|
When you immigrate to Canada as a vet, you can choose to work in the urban or outback regions. There are hundreds of farms and national parks in the outback regions of Canada that are facing skills shortages. A great benefit of relocating to these areas is the much lower cost of living and affordable housing compared to the urban areas.
Even more, if you plan to immigrate to Canada with your family, your children between the ages of 6-18 (grade 1-12) can look forward to quality Canadian education at no charge. You and your family will be able to access the free healthcare system and experience the true meaning of a multicultural nation where everyone is treated fairly with equal opportunities.
Two years of pre-veterinary university studies or completion of a college program in health science and a four – five-year university degree in veterinary medicine and completion of national certification examinations are required when applying for a veterinarian position in Canada. In addition, you may have to get your practicing license from a provincial or territorial regulatory body, before you can work in Canada as a professional vet.
A Canadian Job Offer
There are certain immigration programs that don’t require you to have a valid job offer to immigrate to Canada as a vet, such as the Express Entry system. However, a job offer can increase your chances of receiving permanent residency (PR) status because it adds 50 PR points to your immigration profile, or 200 PR points if you secure a job as a senior manager. Learn more below.
How to Immigrate to Canada as a Vet
1) Work in Canada as a Vet
Have you ever visited, or worked in Canada before? If not, you may want to consider working in Canada with a temporary work permit first, before taking the plunge. This will allow you to experience Canadian life, and get a feel for where you’d like to live and work before you settle in the country permanently.
Canada is the second-largest country in the world, so it’ll definitely help narrow down your options!
It gets better, if you have at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada, you can apply to become a permanent resident through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. The Canadian Government puts a lot of emphasis on adaptability, and one way to prove that you can adapt to a new life in the Great White North is by working and living in the country for 12 months prior to applying to immigrate to Canada.
Applications for CEC are managed by the Express Entry system of which you’ll learn more about below.
2) Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The FSWP is managed by the Express Entry system which fast tracks the processing times for skilled permanent residency applicants in as little as 6 months! Your immediate family, such as your spouse/common-law partner and children can also be included in your application to join you in Canada. There are three important steps to take when applying to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry:
Step 1: Create Your Online Profile
To enter the Express Entry pool of candidates, you must create an online profile. Based on the information you provide, you’ll be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Otherwise known as Permanent Residency (PR) Points. Your final score will be tallied according to criteria of the CRS, which award points for:
2.CLB Language proficiency (English and French)
3.Level of Education (In and outside Canada)
4.Work Experience (In and outside Canada)
5.Valid Job Offer
6. Provincial Nomination achieved
7.Siblings living in Canada as permanent residents/citizens
8.Your spouse’s profile (if married)
Step 2: Receive an ITA
Twice a month there are Express Entry draws which send the highest scoring candidates Invitations to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.
Want to learn more about Express Entry draws? See the results of the latest Express Entry draw here.
Step 3: Apply for Permanent Residency
If you receive an ITA then you can move forward with the official application process in which you include all of the required documents, like your medical examination results, IELTS language test results, copy of your ID document, etc.
3) Skilled Atlantic Immigration Pilot
Would you love to breathe in the fresh ocean air first thing in the morning? If living near the coast appeals to you, you may consider the Skilled Atlantic Immigration Pilot as your path to immigrate to Canada as a vet.
The Pilot is designed to help employers in Atlantic Canada hire qualified candidates for jobs they have been unable to fill locally in the regions; Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. For this reason, it’s an important requirement to have a valid job offer from a designated employer before you can apply to immigrate to Canada through the Atlantic Pilot.
Immigrate to Canada the Easy Way
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