Helping immigrants with veterinary training and credentials in Canada

It’s a good time to a be a veterinarian in Canada. 

The Government of Canada’s job prospect projection information suggests the employment outlook for animal health care professionals Canada is strong in almost every part of the country. If you’re a foreign-trained veterinarian in Canada, career opportunities are looking promising for you. 

What makes a Windmill loan unique?

Our loans offer two years of interest-only payments and up to three years of
principal + interest payments depending on the length of your career plan.

Loans up to $15,000

Fixed low-interest rate
as low as 6.7%

Zero loan processing fees

Success coaching support and mentorship program

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More than just a loan

As a Windmill client, you benefit from a range of services, at no additional cost!

One-on-one coaching to support you on your career path

Career and educational resource supports

Financial planning and budgeting tools

The Windmill Mentorship Program

Exclusive access to our Community Success Hub

How to become a veterinarian in Canada with an affordable loan from Windmill Microlending

As a regulated profession in Canada, there are rules and restrictions pertaining to the practice of internationally-educated veterinarians, which varies from province to province.

Windmill Microlending can provide the financial support you need to pay for the costs of the veterinarian licensing process in Canada, including qualifying exams and exam preparation courses.

How Windmill Microlending can help you achieve your Canadian veterinary career goals

Windmill is a national charity providing low-interest career loans of up to $15,000. These loans enable immigrants and refugees to overcome underemployment and pursue their career goals. They are available to skilled newcomers born outside of Canada, with permanent status as a Canadian resident, provincial nominee, protected person, convention refugee or Canadian citizen.

Our impact on our clients

Over 3x

Growth in income

Newcomers take on low-income jobs to survive. Windmill helps our clients return to their trained profession to boost their income by over 3 times.


Historical repayment rate

Our affordable loans and repayment structure support clients like you. The impressive rate of repayment showcases our client's determination and the impact of their success.


Decrease in unemployment

As our borrowers take their next steps, employment opportunities soar upon loan repayment, marking the start of a remarkable journey and booming economy.

Map your pathway to becoming a veterinarian

Veterinary standards are different from country to country and the qualifying exams of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) National Examining Board (NEB) ensure foreign-trained veterinarians are as qualified as graduates of accredited veterinary medical schools in Canada. Download your education pathway for veterinarians today.

Here are some of the clients who benefited from a Windmill loan

Armed with the knowledge that would help him succeed as a veterinarian in a foreign land, Rajan arrived in Calgary from India in 2012.

Armed with the knowledge, training and experience that would help him succeed as a veterinarian in Canada, Rajan arrived in Calgary from India in 2012. The cost of the BSCE, NAVLE and CPE veterinarian qualifying exams were significant and Windmill helped him with a low-interest loan to pay for his mounting expenses. Today, his life couldn’t be better as he works in the profession he trained for, after a long re-certification process.



Additional links and resources

Helpful information to support newcomer veterinarians on their career success journey in Canada.

Find a full list of provincial and territorial veterinary regulatory bodies here.