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INCOMING STUDENT HANDBOOK

2012 - 2013

Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI This handbook was prepared with considerable input from students to ease your transition into study at The Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island.


Incoming Student Handbook

Incoming Student Handbook ATLANTIC VETERINARY COLLEGE, UPEI

Table of Contents WELCOME ................................................................................................................................................. 3 ISLAND CUSTOMS ................................................................................................................................... 3 GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE ................................................................................................................. 3 Geography ............................................................................................................................................. 3 Climate..................................................................................................................................................... 3 Appropriate Seasonal Clothing .......................................................................................................... 3 SHOPPING ON PEI .................................................................................................................................. 4 Groceries and Drugstores .................................................................................................................... 4 Other Shopping ..................................................................................................................................... 4 Off-Island Shopping ............................................................................................................................. 4 INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES ............................................................................................................... 5 On-Campus Daycare ............................................................................................................................ 5 Off Campus Daycare and Children's Schools .................................................................................. 5 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (2012-2013) .......................................................................................................... 6 TRANSPORTATION .................................................................................................................................. 7 Travelling on PEI .................................................................................................................................... 7 Travelling to the Mainland................................................................................................................... 7 COMMUNICATIONS ................................................................................................................................ 8 Mail .......................................................................................................................................................... 8 Email ...................................................................................................................................................... 10 Telephone/Internet/Television ......................................................................................................... 10 UPEI RESOURCE PEOPLE ...................................................................................................................... 10 Registrar ............................................................................................................................................... 10 Financial Aid ........................................................................................................................................ 10 AVC Dean ............................................................................................................................................ 10 AVC Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs.................................................................. 10 EMERGENCY SERVICES ........................................................................................................................ 11 Emergency Numbers........................................................................................................................... 11 Non-Emergency Numbers .................................................................................................................. 11 Emergency Care ................................................................................................................................. 11 CAMPUS SERVICES ............................................................................................................................... 12 Student Services .................................................................................................................................. 12 Health and Medical Care ................................................................................................................. 12 Sports Center ....................................................................................................................................... 14 Cari Pool Complex ............................................................................................................................. 14

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DVM STUDENT PROGRAMS ............................................................................................................... 15 Peer Programs..................................................................................................................................... 15 AVC's Peer Tutoring Program .......................................................................................................... 15 Multi-Cultural Organizations ............................................................................................................ 15 Intramural Activities and Clubs ......................................................................................................... 15 Student Organizations at AVC ........................................................................................................ 15 CALENDAR DATES ................................................................................................................................. 17 CLASS SCHEDULES ................................................................................................................................ 19 Moodle ................................................................................................................................................. 19 TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES ................................................................................................................ 19 Useful Information............................................................................................................................... 19 ESTIMATE OF A YEARS EXPENSES ..................................................................................................... 20 UPEI Accounting Office ...................................................................................................................... 20 Tuition .................................................................................................................................................... 20 Other Expenses ................................................................................................................................... 20 HOUSING ............................................................................................................................................... 20 Finding Housing ................................................................................................................................... 20 Temporary Accommodations ............................................................................................................ 21 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ................................................................................................................ 22 International Health Plan ................................................................................................................... 22 International Student Loans............................................................................................................... 23 Financial Information .......................................................................................................................... 24 International Work Regulations ....................................................................................................... 28 Host Family Program.......................................................................................................................... 28 Ambassador Family Program........................................................................................................... 28 PASSPORTS, VISAS, ETC. ..................................................................................................................... 29 Study Permit or Visitor`s Visa ........................................................................................................... 29 Required Documents ........................................................................................................................... 29 Canadian Customs .............................................................................................................................. 30

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WELCOME Congratulations on your acceptance to the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). Not only are you fortunate to be entering a career with endless rewards, but also you have the unique and exciting opportunity to begin that career on an Island, and for some, in a new country. Fear, disbelief, nervousness, and happiness beyond compare, are likely some of the emotions you are now experiencing. Well, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back for a job well done; you made it, you're in! Now, sit back and relax (until late August) and use this handbook as your guide to the adventure upon which you are about to embark...

ISLAND CUSTOMS Prince Edward Island (PEI) is best known for world-class beaches, golf resorts, lobsters, potatoes, and fictional heroine, Anne of Green Gables. PEI is a small province with a small population. Consequently, it seems like many Islanders are related, or at least acquainted, in some fashion. Islanders, by nature, tend to be friendly, inquisitive people. Following an introduction, the first question you may be asked is, “Are you an Islander, or a Come From Away?” In colloquial Island terminology you are a “Come From Away” if you were not born on the Island. Agriculture and fishing are a large part of the PEI economy. The weather is a major factor for both industries, so this is a topic that surfaces early in many conversations. An invitation to talk about the weather is always welcomed. We hope you will find getting to know the people of PEI and the customs of the area is an interesting and exciting experience.

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE Geography PEI is the smallest of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories in both size and population. The Island is crescent shaped and is 225 kilometers (km), 140 miles, from tip to tip, and from 6 - 65 km (4-40 miles) wide. The Island has a population of 140, 985. Situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, PEI is separated from the mainland by the Northumberland Strait. A shallow shelf surrounds the Island, so the surrounding waters heat up nicely and the Island boasts some of the warmest ocean waters north of the Carolinas. PEI is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone. Climate Summer on PEI is very pleasant and can be humid. Daytime temperatures are usually between twenty and thirty degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit), but can go as high as 32 C (90 F). Autumn is clear and bright. September afternoons can be quite warm, but evenings are cool. Temperatures range from 8 - 22 C (46-71 F). Freezing temperatures can occur between late October and early May. Winter temperatures usually range from -3 to -11 C (26-11 F) and heavy snowfalls with strong winds are common from December to March. Spring arrives in late April with comfortable weather. May and early June temperatures range from 8-22 C (46-71 F). The summer days on PEI are long and glorious, but be prepared for short days in the winter, with sunrise around 7:30 am and sunset approximately 4:30 pm. Appropriate Seasonal Clothing In addition to a typical wardrobe for school and recreation, suggested items for outdoor winter conditions include a warm winter jacket, hat, gloves, winter boots, rain jacket, and warm sweaters. Water-proof footwear is also advisable for the spring. For additional information on PEI visit: http://www.peiplay.com/

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SHOPPING ON PEI Groceries and Drugstores There are four large grocery stores within a mile of the UPEI campus. They offer a wide selection of food items including vegetarian items, and ethnic foods. Some grocery stores are within walking distance of the UPEI campus. There are a few health food stores in Charlottetown, one downtown and others in the shopping malls. Organically grown vegetables, ethnic foods, meat, fish, and handmade products can be purchased at the Farmers Market - adjacent to the UPEI campus - Saturdays 9:00am - 2:00pm (also Wednesdays in the summer). GROCERY SHOPPING HOURS Most grocery stores close at 10 p.m. and are open on Sundays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Sobeys and Superstore are open 24 hours.

Most drug stores (e.g.. Shoppers Drug Mart) and corner convenience stores are open 7 days/week. They offer basic supplies, (milk, bread, etc.) cleaning products, and pharmaceuticals. Other Shopping Charlottetown has 4 'anchor' Stores: Zellers, Sears, Canadian Tire, and Wal-Mart. Most are within walking distance of campus. Zellers, Sears, and Wal-Mart offer clothing, household items (electronics, linens, furniture) and personal items. There is also small, seasonal outlet shopping area at the North River Causeway. Malls in the city area are the Charlottetown Mall (walking distance), and the Confederation Court Mall (downtown). A good selection of music, clothing, sporting goods, cosmetics, cards + gifts, etc. is available. MALL HOURS Charlottetown Mall Monday – Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm http://www.charlottetownmall-pei.ca/home/index.ch2

Confederation Court Mall Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. http://www.confedcourtmall.com Off-Island Shopping For items not available on PEI, there are larger shopping destinations on the mainland: • Moncton, New Brunswick (2-hour drive across the Confederation Bridge) • Halifax, Nova Scotia (3.5-hour drive over the Confederation Bridge)

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INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES On-Campus Daycare An On-Campus Daycare Center is available to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The Daycare Center (Campus Kids) is housed in a building located between Marion Hall and Robertson Library. The Centers intent is to provide child-care services to the general public and members of the community outside the University, as well as those on campus. The Center is operated by full-time staff in accordance with Provincial Government Regulations which meets all health and safety standards. Registration in the Daycare Center is open to children from infant to school age. The Center’s program stresses social and emotional growth in the young child. It offers a flexible program and a stimulating environment (Reggio inspired). The children have access to many areas of the campus, including the Audiovisual Department, Sports Center, Music Building, Biology Lab, as well as the spacious grounds of the University. You can reach the Daycare Center by calling (902) 566-0344. Note: Registration is usually one year in advance of the predicted Start date. Off Campus Daycare and Children's Schools The PEI Government web site also provides information on public and private schools, and daycare centers available throughout the city area and elsewhere on PEI. A partial listing can be found in the official PEI Government web site: http://www.gov.pe.ca/infopei/index.php3?number=497&lang=E

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (2012-2013) Holiday Labour Day

Date September 3rd

Description 1st Monday in September; last holiday weekend of summer; honouring working men and women

Thanksgiving Day

October 8th

2nd Monday in Oct.; celebration of harvest

Remembrance Day

Memorial services are held for those who served their country in the armed forces.

Christmas Day

November 11th (school holiday November 12th) December 25th

Boxing Day

December 26th

Originally meant for postmen but also celebrated as a public holiday

New Years Day

January 1st

Most celebrations occur on the Eve (Dec 31) as Canadians celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year

Islander Day

February 18th

Holiday for all PEI residents. Third Monday of the month.

Good Friday

April 6th

Late March or early April; marks the death of Christ

Easter Sunday

April 8th

The Sunday immediately following Good Friday; a religious holiday marking the resurrection of Christ

Easter Monday

April 9th

The Monday following Easter Sunday; generally a vacation day making Easter a 4-day weekend

Victoria Day

May 21st

3rd Monday in May; first holiday of summer; commemorates birthday of Queen Victoria

Canada Day

July 1st (school holiday July 2nd) August 17th

Canada's Birthday

Gold Cup & Saucer Day

Religious holiday celebrating the birth of Christ.

Civic PEI Holiday; usually the 2nd Friday in August

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TRANSPORTATION Travelling on PEI AUTOMOBILES AND MOTORCYCLES All areas of the island are accessible by automobile, and motorcycle. You must have a valid automobile or motorcycle license to drive on PEI. When driving a motorcycle the law requires you to wear a helmet. Motorcycles may be parked in designated parking lots on campus.

Motor vehicle inspection and registration The discussion that follows pertains primarily to International students. It is important to obtain the following documentation when you enter Canada with your vehicle: 1. Temporary Admissions Permit (retain pink and green copies) and 2. Vehicle Import Form - #13-0132 (retain yellow copy). You should determine if your vehicle insurance is in effect for an entire school year in Canada, and on the Island. Students do not have to register vehicles or obtain a PEI drivers or vehicle license provided they inform customs officials that they will only be living on the Island for the school year (9 months) and that at the end of their studies, they will be returning to their home country. To find information on obtaining a driver’s license visit the following web site: http://www.gov.pe.ca/infopei/index.php3?number=20138&lang=E There is a fee ($84 /year) for parking a vehicle on campus. ww.upei.ca/facilities/security/parking/ CITY BUS Your UPEI student ID card will function as a Charlottetown city bus pass. There is no cost for you to ride the city buses, so long as you show your student ID. For more information on this transit system and routes contact Trius Tours at 902-566-9962 or http://www.triustransit.ca TAXI There are several taxi companies in Charlottetown. Their numbers are listed in the yellow pages of the telephone directory. Additional TAXI service information on PEI: http://foundlocally.com/Charlottetown/Trans/Trans-Taxis.htm BICYCLE Bicycles can be ridden with reasonable ease up to November and again starting in late April. Riding in the winter months is uncomfortable and unsafe due to slippery conditions. A bicycle license is not required, but law requires bicycle helmets. Bicyclists often use the PEI Rails-to-Trails - http://islandtrails.ca/trails

Travelling to the Mainland FERRY Northumberland Ferries depart from Caribou, Nova Scotia and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, on a schedule of approximately every hour and a half. The trip from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Charlottetown is shortened by about 100 km if you use the ferry. The trip lasts about 75 minutes. The fare for the ferry is paid only when leaving the Island and in 2011 it was quoted $65.00 CAN. flat rate, regardless of the number of

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passengers in the vehicle. The ferry operates from May 1st until December 20th. Schedule information is available by calling toll free, 1-888-249-SAIL or see website: http://www.peiferry.com CONFEDERATION BRIDGE The Confederation Bridge is 13 kilometers long (8 miles), and is the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. It is a quick, convenient, and dramatic way to get, to or leave, the Island. Connecting from New Brunswick, the bridge brings you to the town of Borden Carlton, PEI. The bridge is open 24 hours a day and takes approximately 10 minutes to cross. Tolls are collected when you leave the Island. The bridge toll for an automobile in 2012 is $ 44.25 Can. There is no charge to enter the island either by bridge or ferry. For additional information you can call 1-888-437-6565 or see: http://www.confederationbridge.com/ BUS OR SHUTTLE Group Orleans Express Acadian offers daily bus service from Moncton, New Brunswick to Charlottetown with connections available from most destinations in North America. For additional information: Group Orleans Express call Telephone: 1-800-567-5151or visit Website: http://www.orleansexpress.com/groupe/en/apropos.html.

Acadian bus service is currently under a labor dispute. Please refer to their website for up to date information. A number of companies offer SHUTTLE Service by Van to and from Charlottetown (+ other selected Island locations) Moncton, N.B. and Halifax, N.S. The average fee is $43.00 one way. Additional information on bus transportation to PEI: http://www.gov.pe.ca/infopei/index.php3?number=1019865&lang=E RAIL VIA Rail and Amtrak (via Montreal) offer services that connect to Moncton, New Brunswick. VIA RAIL: 1-888-VIA-RAIL or Amtrak: 1-800-USA-RAIL Additional information on train services visit the following web sites: http://www.viarail.ca http://www.amtrak.com AIR Charlottetown Airport offers airline service with the following airline carriers: • Air Canada - www.aircanada.com • West Jet - www.westjet.com • Northwest Airlines - www.nwa.com • Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com

COMMUNICATIONS Mail UPEI/AVC MAILING ADDRESS University of Prince Edward Island 550 University Avenue Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3

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PARCEL AND COURIER SERVICE UPEI Shipping & Receiving (S&R) - Located on the first floor of the AVC bldg., 1011-N. Students are notified via e-mail concerning arrival of packages.

Shipping Out Courier service is available to students. Please present your item to the Shipping Office by 2:00 pm deadline. A full street address is required, Postal Code (or Zip Code) and phone number. NO P.O. BOX NUMBERS. You are paying for proof of delivery. The Shipping Office accepts credit card payments only. Canada Post Service can take longer than you have experienced in your country. If you require a quick delivery time (i.e. less than 7 - 10 days) it is recommended you look at expedited procedures. Shipping and Receiving Hours Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. -12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm SPECIAL TIPS ON RECEIVING INTERNATIONAL PACKAGES • To avoid costly brokerage fees and duty, try to keep the value under $30 /item and ask the sender to provide correct documentation attached to the outside of the package. Please refer to Canada Customs Brochure RC 4220 (Entering Canada to study or to work) and RC 4051 (Importing Noncommercial Goods by Mail). • Please have family and friends include your Student Visa Number (Temporary Resident) on the shipping documents. Documents should state: Gift with ANo Commercial Value@. If 'they' put a low value on the package, gifts valued at less than $20 are not subject to duty and as a temporary resident you are allowed gifts to the value of $20. • Addresses should clearly indicate: (Student name) AVC Class of 2016 550 University Avenue Charlottetown, PE C1A 4P3 CANADA • Please buy Canadian goods, OR be extremely careful when you buy online. The Brokerage Fee, Duty and Taxes can be very costly when it arrives, and your goods will be no bargain. • The Courier may charge a Brokerage Fee if the package does not have clear documentation indicating student ownership. • For additional information on shipping to UPEI contact: Rob Moffat, Shipping and Receiving (902) 566-0875; rmoffat@upei.ca OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION • Stamps can be purchased at the UPEI Bookstore • Post office outlets, located in Convenience (corner) stores, Drug stores, and The Superstore, University/Belvedere offer a range of services including the sale of stamps and packaging materials, mailing of packages, etc. Mail is not delivered on Saturdays/ Sundays when the post offices are closed, but postal outlets in the Convenience stores remain open. • Remind family and friends that you are a long way from home and a "care package" might just be what you need half way through the semester!

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Email Each AVC student is provided with an e-mail account soon after arriving. This address is used by the University to contact or inform you of information. There is wireless Internet available across AVC and the UPEI Campus. You are encouraged to have a computer. Telephone/Internet/Television BELL Aliant (1-866-425-4268) and EASTLINK (902) 367-2800 provide regular/digital cable, telephone, and internet services. Their web sites are below: Bell Aliant - http://www.aliant.ca Eastlink - http://www.eastlink.ca Cellular telephone services such as Rogers, TELUS, and Koodo are also available on PEI. Their web sites are below: Rogers - http://www.rogers.com/web/Rogers.portal TELUS - http://www.telusmobility.com/en/PE/home/ Koodo - http://koodomobile.com/en/pe/index.shtml

UPEI RESOURCE PEOPLE Registrar Kathleen Kielly Kelley Building Ph: 566-0628 Fax: 566-0795 Email: kkielly@upei.ca Financial Aid Ms. Eileen MacVittie Student Center Ph: 628-4382 Fax: 628-4319 Email: emacvittie@upei.ca AVC Dean Dr. Don Reynolds Ph: 566-0800 Fax: 566-0958 Email: dreynolds@upei.ca AVC Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Lisa Miller Ph: 566-0858 Fax: 566-0846 Email: lmiller@upei.ca

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EMERGENCY SERVICES Emergency Numbers In any emergency, you can dial 911 and if on campus dial 9911, give the operator the nature of the emergency, your name and your location. The operator will inform the proper emergency service. Or you can dial the service yourself. You may want to keep these numbers close to a phone. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 6. 7. 8.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Emergency Department: 894-2200 Poison Control: 1-800-565-8161 Child Find: 368-1678 (1-800-387-7962) Island Help Line (Emotional Crisis): 1-800-218-2885 PEI Rape & Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 566-8999 (1-800-289-5656) Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477 (tips) UPEI Security: 566-0384 Anderson House (shelter for women): 892-0960

Non-Emergency Numbers 1. Charlottetown Police Administration (Non-Emergency Complaints): 629-4172 2. Charlottetown Police - General/Officer Inquiries: 629-4041 3. Charlottetown Fire Administration: 629-4083 4. Island EMS (Ambulance - Non-Emergency): 1-877-660-6644 5. International Center: 894-2823 6. International Recruitment Office: 894-2801 Emergency Care For life threatening emergencies, call 911 or 9911 is using a campus phone. For nonlife threatening emergencies, visit the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (902) 894-2404 or an after-hours clinic.

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CAMPUS SERVICES Student Services The following services are available to students through the Student Services or other centers on campus: 1. Career Development: (902) 620-5088 2. Chaplaincy Center (Chaplaincy Building): (902) 566-0376 3. Computer Services (AVC): (902) 566-0552 4. Counseling (academic and personal): (902) 566-6036 5. Daycare Center: (902) 566-0344 6. Exchange/Study Abroad: (902) 894-2837 7. Financial Aid Information: (902) 628-4382 8. Food Services - Chartwells (Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall): (902) 566-0435 9. Graduate Placement/Labour Market Expo: (902) 566-0792 10. Health Center (W.A. Murphy Student Center): (902) 566-0616 11. Webster Center for Teaching and Learning Assistance: (902) 894-2886 12. Liaison Office: (902) 628-4353 13. New Student Orientation (UPEI): (902) 566-6019 14. Residence and Conference (Bernadine Hall): (902) 894-2807 15. Residence Life (Bernadine Hall): (902) 628-4368 16. Sports Center: (902) 566-0627 17. Travel Cuts (Canada’s National Student Travel Bureau): 1-800-667-2887 www.travelcuts.ca Health and Medical Care All full-time students are automatically enrolled in the UPEI Health Plan when they register for classes (see separate section on health plan for international students) ON CAMPUS DOCTOR'S OFFICE The Student Health Center is located in the W. A. Murphy Student Center, 2nd level, North end above the bookstore. The Health Center is designed to offer unique opportunities for wellness promotion for all campus students.

Our health service is staffed by local family physicians, a Registered Nurse and administrative support staff who work collaboratively to provide you health services from September through to December break and January to early April. Our role as health providers is not only to recognize acute and pathological illness but also to offer resources, to our undergraduate and graduate student population for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Physician and Registered Nurse services include counseling; health program development; vaccination programs; assessment and treatment of illness/injury; injections; lab testing and screening; community, specialist and rehabilitative referrals; birth control counseling; PAP tests, breast examinations, pregnancy tests; prescriptions and more.... Drop in to check out our valuable educational resources and programs! *All student visits are completely confidential

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Please call (902) 566-0616 to check hours of service and book appointments. Walk-in clinics are also available across Charlottetown. International students and Quebec students are required to pay cash and seek reimbursement from their health plan/home province. A listing of these clinics is available on our website: www.upei.ca/healthcenter/. Click on after-hours clinics. If you wish to transfer medical records to the Health Center send them via regular mail to: UPEI Student Health Center, WA Murphy Building University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 4P3 Canada DRUGSTORES There are several drugstores in the Charlottetown area to choose from. Bring a copy of your prescriptions in order to have them transferred to a local pharmacy. In general, the student health insurance plan pays 70%* for most prescriptions. * Subject to change VISION The UPEI Student Health Plan does not cover expenses for eye exams or glasses. There are many vision clinics in the Charlottetown area. DENTAL All full-time students attending the University of Prince Edward Island will be automatically enrolled in the UPEI Student Dental Plan when they complete their registration at UPEI. The Dental Plan fee will be automatically charged to your student account.

Students with comparable medical and dental coverage may choose to opt out of this plan and receive a credit for the fee. Proof of comparable coverage must be presented to the UPEI Student Union office (located 2nd Floor South, W.A. Murphy Student Center) prior to the Opt-Out Deadline: September 23, 2012. If you require family coverage, you must apply prior to the Opt-Out Deadline of September 23, 2012. Benefits: • Diagnostic Services: 100%; • Oral Examinations, x-rays, tests, and lab examinations; • Preventative Services (12 month recall): 100%; • Polishing (2 Units/ year) Scaling (2 Units/year); • Oral Hygiene Instruction; Scaling and Anesthesia 80% (Maximum 6 Units); • Restorative Services 80% Fillings (includes white fillings); • Impacted wisdom teeth extractions 50% (4 per year); • Endontic, Periodontal, Surgical & Adjunctive General Services 10%; Root Canal and/or Root Planning For further information please contact: Melissa Andrews Student Union Office Telephone: (902) 566-0530 E-mail: mandrews@upei.ca

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VACCINATIONS Rabies Vaccine reimbursement from the UPEI Student Health Plan can be claimed by providing the insurance company with the following documentation: • Rabies Vaccination Receipt Form • Signed Claim Form WELLNESS UPEI has a wellness website physical fitness.

http://www.upei.ca/athletics/fitness to help you maintain good health and

Sports Center FACILITIES The Chi-Wan Young Sports Center on campus provides a wealth of opportunities to get active and improve your overall health. As part of their tuition, full-time students have access to the following programs and services. • Fitness Center with weight machines, bikes, stair masters, treadmills, elliptical and free weights • Indoor walking/jogging track (2-lane) 9 laps to the mile • Racquetball /Squash/Volleyball /Basketball / Badminton Courts • Fitness classes including: Ab Lab/Rock Bottom, Step 101, and weight room circuit classes • Basic fitness assessment + program designed by a qualified Personal Trainer (1 per academic year) • Use of the CARI pool during open swim times Sept 1 - April 30 • Intramural programs including dodge ball, hockey and basketball • Pick-up hockey during the school year • Free admission to all Panther Sport regular season home games • Free equipment rental HOURS

Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday 6:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday 12 noon-8 p.m. Cari Pool Complex FACILITIES The CARI (pool) Complex has two 25-metre pools, a toddler pool, a hot tub, two 1-metre diving boards, a 3-metre diving board, Tarzan rope and a 142 foot waterslide for all to enjoy.

Full time UPEI students and staff can participate in: open swims, lane swims, Aquafit classes (aqua jogging, cardio craze, cardio craze + and aqua arthritis classes) and toonie swims for free. Upon arriving at the CARI Control Desk, students and staff must scan their UPEI ID and can then proceed. Individuals can come swimming as often as they wish Monday - Sunday WEEKLY SCHEDULE For more information or a copy of the CARI weekly pool schedule please visit the CARI Control Desk, call the desk at 569-4584 ext.0, or checkout CARI’s Website, www.caripei.ca

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DVM STUDENT PROGRAMS Peer Programs A Buddy Mentor Program@ is in place at AVC. Each First Year student is assigned to a Group consisting of an AVC Faculty member of the program, a staff mentor (when available), and one student from each of the years (2,3,4). A faculty member may be assigned to more than one peer group. The purpose of this program is to encourage interaction of first year students with peers in other years and a faculty member. First Year students will receive a letter informing them of the members of their ABuddy Mentor Group@ in August. A Potluck supper may be held in the first week of the academic year in order to allow group members to get to know one another. AVC's Peer Tutoring Program This program matches senior students with a strong academic performance with students in need of tutoring. The program is administered by the Office of the Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs. This service is provided free of charge. Multi-Cultural Organizations Dr. Alfonso Lopez is Co-ordinator of International Affairs at AVC. He is aware of the current multicultural organizations and can be reached by telephone (902) 566-0943 or via e-mail at lopez@upei.ca. Joy Ikede and Erica Stanley are the UPEI International Student Advisor, is also aware of these organizations. They can be reached by telephone (902) 894-2823 or via e-mail at jikede@upei.ca or estanley@upei.ca. Intramural Activities and Clubs Opportunities for intramural sport are provided through the UPEI Sports Center. The following activities are available in the Fall Semester: softball (slow-pitch) co-ed; tennis, volleyball, touch football, golf, racquetball, table tennis, and hockey. The Winter Semester offers basketball, racquetball, squash, hockey, broom-ball, badminton, volley-ball and indoor tennis. These activities are posted on bulletin boards, in the Student Newspaper, and at the Sports Center. In addition, each AVC class has an Athletic Representative and a Social Representative who will announce and promote these activities. Numerous clubs can be found both within the AVC and within UPEI. Student Organizations at AVC • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Society of Atlantic Veterinary Students (SAVS) Student Chapter of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (SCAABP) http://www.upei.ca/~bovclub/ Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) Student Chapter American Animal Hospital Association (SCAAHA) Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SCACVIM) Student Chapter of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (SCAASRP) Student Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians - Wildlife Club (SCAAZV) http://www.upei.ca/~wildlife/ Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) Student Chapter of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour (SCAVSAB) Student Chapter of the Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society (SVECCS) Aquatic Species Club AVC Humane Dog Training Program Page 15


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AVC Humane Education Program AVC Yearbook Committee Christian Veterinary Mission Fellowship Holistic Medicine Club Wellness Committee Humane Ethics Club Bovine Club Canine Club Critical Care Club Equine Club Pathology Club AVC Pet Loss Support Line Radiology Club Small Ruminant Club Teaching Animal Enrichment Club Theriogenology Club Animal Welfare Club Wildlife and Exotics Club

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CALENDAR DATES Spring/Fall Semester - 2012 April 30 Monday

First Day of Fourth Year Rotations - Summer Semester

May 21 Monday

Victoria Day- No Classes

August 13 Monday

First Day of Fourth Year Rotations - Fall Semester

15 Wednesday

Clinical Conference Begins

24 Friday 27 Monday

Classes Begin

September 3 Monday

Labour Day - No Classes

October 8 Monday

Thanksgiving Day - No Classes

31 Wednesday

Final date to apply to graduate. Forms available online.

November 12 Monday

Remembrance Day- No Classes

30 Friday

Final Day of First Semester Classes

December 1-15 (Sat-Sat)

Final Exams

19 Wednesday

End of First Semester. Course grades to be submitted to Registrar’s office by noon on this date.

NOTE: The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is available during a four week testing window in November-December. For further information, please refer to www.nbec.org .

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Winter Semester - 2013 January 2 Wednesday

First day of Fourth Year Rotations - Winter Semester

7 Monday February

Pre-Clinical Classes Begins - Winter Semester

14 Thursday 15 Friday

Mid-semester Break (except 4th year rotations) Mid-semester Break (except 4th year rotations)

18 Monday March

Islander Day - No Classes

29 Friday April

Good Friday. No Classes

1 Monday

Easter Monday. No Classes

14 Sunday

Final Day of Fourth Year Rotations

19 Friday

Final Day of Second Semester Classes

20-May 4 (Sat-Sat)

FINAL EXAMS

24 Wednesday

Course Grades for 4th Year Students. To be submitted to Registrar’s Office by Noon.

May 4 Saturday

End of Second Semester

6 Monday

First Day of Fourth Year Rotations- Summer

8 Wednesday

Course Grades for 1st , 2nd, and 3rd Year Students. To be submitted to the Registrar's Office by Noon on this date.

11 Saturday

Convocation

NOTE: The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) dates are in April 2013. For further information, please refer to www.nbec.org.

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CLASS SCHEDULES Moodle Login to Moodle within the UPEI Website for your online schedule. You will receive your computer account information needed for Moodle access at orientation. You will also be provided with a hardcopy schedule.

TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES Useful Information 1. All textbooks can be purchased from the UPEI Bookstore. Second-hand textbooks can often be purchased or borrowed from students in upper classes. Required textbooks are usually placed on reserve in the library. 2.

Some courses have bound syllabi which are distributed on the first day. In other courses typed notes are handed out before each lecture or lab.

3.

The clinical Orientation courses requires a good quality stethoscope. Stethoscopes can be purchased at the UPEI Bookstore, but are typically ordered through a student representative of a medical supply company.

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The Macroscopic Anatomy course requires the purchase of a dissecting kit, scalpel blades, and latex gloves, all of which can be purchased at the University Bookstore. You will need protective clothing (eye wear, lab coats, and boots), a dissecting kit and rubber gloves for your first lab on the 1st day of school.

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The Clinical Orientation Course requires a pen light and digital thermometer which can be obtained at the UPEI Bookstore.

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Light blue lab coats are a mandatory requirement for all laboratories and for students who wish to review patient cases within the teaching hospital. Sizes available at the Bookstore range from 30 to 52, and typically have a button or snap front closure. Most students have two lab coats so they have one to wear while the other is in the laundry. All lab coats must be clearly marked with your name and class year [2115] if you plan to use the Student Association of Veterinary Students [SAVS] laundry serve. You will receive one blue coat at the Blue Coat Ceremony.

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While coveralls and rubber boots are required for the second semester of the first year curriculum and beyond, some students opt to purchase these items at the beginning of the first semester as an alternative clothing option for the anatomy lab. Coveralls may be postman blue or navy in colour. Coveralls and rubber boots can be purchased at Marks Work Warehouse, Zellers, and other retailers located near UPEI and at most farming and discount stores. The length of the sleeves, short or long, is dictated by student preference. It might be difficult to find smaller (average female or smaller) sizes of boots and coveralls on PEI.

8.

Lockers for student use are located outside the classrooms. Bring a padlock if you plan to use these lockers. You will be assigned a locker at Orientation

9.

Second, third, and fourth year students are assigned to each incoming first year student through the AVC Buddy Mentor Program. The buddies are a willing and excellent source of information in regards to necessary purchases and will often loan textbooks and other items to their first year buddies.

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ESTIMATE OF A YEARS EXPENSES UPEI Accounting Office Please see the link below for the information from the UPEI Accounting Office: www.upei.ca/accounting/upei-fees Tuition Expenses are quoted in Canadian funds and are based on the expenses that would be incurred by a single person. Other Expenses Books and supplies: Housing: Food: Miscellaneous expenses:

$1,000. - $1,500./semester or $2,000.-$3,000./academic year * $300. - $900/month or $3,600.-$10,800./academic year ** $300. - $400./month or $3,600.-$4,800./academic year $150. - $200./month or $1,350.-$1,800./academic year

*This amount depends on the number of textbooks you purchase. Some students purchase very few books, while others purchase all of the required texts. Most of the required books are placed on reserve in the library, and often, second-hand books can be purchased or borrowed from upper class students. **Rent amount varies depending on the quality of housing and the number of roommates who share the rent. An attractive (city) apartment with two bedrooms rents for approximately $800.00/month. To see UPEI campus housing and meal packages, check website for updates: http://www.upei.ca/residence/

HOUSING Finding Housing An AVC Class of 2015 student will provide assistance in finding housing. Information on how to contact this person will be provided to you via Email upon your acceptance of a seat in the DVM program. NEWSPAPERS • The Guardian - PEI`s daily newspaper. Website: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca

• PEI Buy, Sell, & Trade - A weekly merchant trader with lots of apartment listings, as well as people looking for roommates. Telephone: (902) 566-5700 Website: http://www.peibst.ca/ ON-LINE FORUMS • Kijiji - http://pei.kijiji.ca/ • Used PEI: www.usedpei.com BULLETIN BOARDS Bulletin Boards at the AVC. Some 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students may be looking for roommates. Bulletin Boards are located above the student mailboxes and next to the pay phones on the second floor of the AVC (Level 200; same level as the lockers, cafeteria, and the Dean’s Office).

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OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING LIST UPEI Student Union runs an Off Campus housing list that is updated on a regular basis. Their phone number is (902) 566-0530. They will send or fax this list to you at no charge. The complete list can also be viewed online at: www.upei.ca/studentservices/housing/ UPEI RESIDENCE OFFICE UPEI Residence Office can also supply information about their residences: (Blanchard Hall consists of two bedroom furnished apartments, while Bernadine Hall is more traditional dorm room style accommodations). To view the names of UPEI’s residences, go to http://www.upei.ca/residence/. Andrew Hall is a 5 storey building with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. Each suite is equipped with a bathroom and kitchen area. Students living in this building will have access to the Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall without walking outside. This building is coed with floors designated as moderate and reduced noise areas. As are all of our University facilities, this building is a non-smoking environment.

Rooms in the residences may be available during the summer months while you are looking for a place to live. Call ahead at (902) 566-0362 to make a reservation, or visit www.upei.ca/~housing and be sure to tell them that you are an incoming AVC Student so that you can get a discount. Unfortunately, they don’t allow pets. However, if you call Tourism PEI for their tour package, they have a wide listing of Bed and Breakfasts that do allow pets. HOUSING HINTS • Start early if you want your own place within walking distance, or if you have pets. • Average cost for a one bedroom apartment is approximately $450 - $650 plus. There is plenty of affordable housing available if you start looking in the late spring and early summer. • You may consider another AVC student looking for a roommate. • Tell potential landlords you are a vet student because you have a reputation for being quiet and responsible tenants! • The Browns Court Apartments are conveniently located and are popular with UPEI students as well as vet students, but be prepared for high noise levels on weekends. • Blanchard Hall (family or quiet wing) is a good last minute choice. It is rather sterile, but it is located on campus. Unfortunately pets are not permitted. • PEI is a tourist location and hotels may be fully booked in August and through September.

Temporary Accommodations • • • • •

Sherwood Motor Inn (902) 892-1622 or 1-800-567-1622 North River Motel (902) 566-2645 Hotel on Pownal (902) 892-1217 Holiday Inn Express (902) 892-1201 or 1-866-977-7466 Fair Isle Motel (902) 368-8259 or 1-800-309-8259

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS International Health Plan ENROLLMENT All full-time students at UPEI are automatically enrolled in the UPEI Student Health Plan when they register for classes. If you already have an extended health plan, you may choose to opt out of the UPEI Student Health Plan and receive a refund of the premium cost. The deadline to opt out is September 21, 2012 and you must provide proof of your other medical coverage (such as an insurance card or a claim form). TRAVELLING When travelling, the Student Health Plan Out-of-Province Emergency for International Students Benefit commences on the date of departure of the insured person and terminates 90 days following the departure date, if for educational purposes. If you are traveling for personal reasons, to a country other than your home country, your insurance terminates 90 days following the departure date. If you are traveling to your home country, the insurance terminates 30 days following the date of departure. BASIC COVERAGE If you opt for the UPEI Student Health Plan for International Students you are automatically enrolled in two health insurance plans (Campus Trust and Global Excel). Since you are not covered by provincial Medicare as are Canadian students, you must be covered by a provincial Medicare equivalent policy, which is provided by Global Excel. In addition, you are enrolled in an extended health insurance benefit(s) policy provided by Campus Trust. The coverage period is from September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013.

Basic Coverage Benefits Basic coverage for International Students is provided by the Global Excel & ETFS contract # 348-5002. • Hospital Benefits • Out-Patient Benefits • Routine visit to physician • X-rays and laboratory examinations • Cost of specialist care or surgery • Cost of administration of vaccination or antitoxin (not to exceed $25/year) • Maternity Expense Indemnity The above is a partial listing of coverage provided by Global Excel. There are a number of exclusions and limitations. Please inquire if you have any concern that your specific situation will not be covered so that there are no surprises. Extended Health Coverage Benefits Extended health benefits are provided by Campus Trust Group # 0940P001P. • Prescription Drugs • Physiotherapy • Chiropractor • Out-of-Province Emergency Medical Services • Ambulance Benefit • Medical Equipment & Appliances • Dental Accident Benefit

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FAMILY MEMBER ENROLLMENT Your spouse or children (under 19 years of age or 25, if still attending school, or over-aged handicapped dependants) can be enrolled by paying an additional family coverage fee. You must sign up for family coverage at the Student Union office prior to the opt out deadline. For additional information contact: Melissa Andrews Student Union Office Telephone: (902) 566-0530 E-mail: mandrews@upei.ca

International Student Loans FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION The University of Prince Edward Island can offer the following loans to US students in the D.V.M. program using the Direct Loan Program. ELIGIBILITY OF DIRECT LOANS If you are a graduate/professional student, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), just as you did under the FFEL Program. • You may complete the FAFSA electronically via the FAFSA on the Web site at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. NOTE: You must list UPEI’s school code on the FAFSA in order to show up on the school list. The school code is G09367. • To complete the FAFSA electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. To apply for a PIN if you do not already have one, visit the Federal Student Aid PIN Website at www.PIN.ed.gov. • After the Department processes your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). We will receive your SAR electronically. Please retain the SAR for your records. DIRECT STAFFORD SUBSIDIZEDD/UNSUBSIDIZED MPN COMPLETION • You must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan. You may complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically via the StudentLoans.gov Website at http://studentloans.gov • To complete a Direct Loan MPN electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. This is the same PIN used to complete the FAFSA. • After you complete your MPN, you will be able to print and retain it for your records. You do not need to provide us with a copy; we will be notified electronically of your completion. NOTE: The MPN must be e-signed in order to be processed.

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DIRECT PLUS LOAN REQUEST AND CREDIT CHECK COMPLETION To qualify for a Direct PLUS Loan, you must not have an adverse credit history. If you have an adverse credit history, you may still be eligible for the loan (1) by obtaining an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history and agrees to repay the loan if you do not or (2) by documenting extenuating circumstances that meet the Department’s requirements.

The Department conducts a credit check once you provide your consent. The Direct PLUS Request provides us with your authorization to conduct the credit check and other necessary information. • You may complete a Direct PLUS Request electronically via the StudentLoans.gov Website at http://studentloans.gov . • To complete a Direct PLUS Request electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. This is the same PIN used to complete the FAFSA. • After you complete your Direct PLUS Request, the Department will conduct the credit check and notify you and us of the results. DIRECT PLUS LOAN MPN COMPLETION You must complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN). Please follow the directions as described above for the Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan. DIRECT LOAN ENTRANCE COUNSELING COMPLETION If you are a graduate/professional student and have not previously received a Federal Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan or Federal Plus Loan, you must complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling before you can receive a Direct Loan. • You may complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling electronically, via the StudentLoans.gov Website at http://studentloans.gov . • To complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling electronically, you must have a Federal Student Aid PIN. This is the same PIN used to complete the FAFSA. • After you complete entrance counseling, we will be notified electronically.

Please note all of the above steps need to be taken in order to receive funding under the Direct Loan Program. For questions or additional information you may contact: Eileen MacVittie E-mail: emacvittie@upei.ca. Financial Information ONLINE SERVICES AT UPEI Students can make payments on their accounts by going onto the UPEI website and using their Student/Employee ID and PIN at Campus Login to access the student credit card payment. Also available through this facility is the ability for a student to view his/her account.

** PLEASE NOTE: The credit card option for payment of tuition or residence fees is no longer available.

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FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) located on University and Belvedere Avenue and the Bank of Montreal in the Charlottetown Mall are located within easy walking distance of campus. However, there are several other banks to choose from.

Bank Machine located on campus: o Cari Building o Robertson Library o WA Murphy Student Center

President’s Choice 465 University Avenue (902) 626-4284 o No Fee Bank Account Atlantic Superstore (in store)

Bank of Montreal Grafton Street (902) 892-2437 o Charlottetown Mall (902) 894-7021

Bank of Nova Scotia o Grafton Street (902) 566-5004 o Sherwood (902) 894-5013

CIBC Queen & Grafton (902) 892-1284 o University & Belvedere (902) 892-3477

National Bank of Canada o 132 Kent Street (902) 892-7443

Royal Bank 83 Queen Street (902) 892-2405 o 335 University Avenue (902) 892-0104

Toronto Dominion (TD) 192 Queen (902) 629-2265 o 695 University Avenue (902) 569-2819

NOTE: Many Banks are closed on Saturdays, please check each bank individually. Some banks are open on Sundays (TD), please check each bank individually.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is the exchange rate? The exchange rate fluctuates daily. Check the following web sites for currency exchange rates: http://www.xe.net/currency/ or http://www.banxquote.com/bwonline/money.asp

Can I use my International ATM card in Canada? Look on the back of your card. If it has a Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol, you can use it at many Canadian banks. For other networks, contact your bank and they will be able to tell you if there are any ATM machines on PEI which will accept your card. They can also give you the locations of suitable ATMs. Are there fees associated with using my International ATM card for withdrawals in Canada? It depends on the bank. Charges range from $1.00 to $5.00 per transaction but some banks (such as US Trust, a MA-based bank) do not charge any fees at all. If you plan to withdraw money on a regular basis, it might be of benefit to shop around for a low- or no fee bank account before you leave for PEI; it could save you money and annoyance in the future. Should I open a Canadian bank account? If you have an International bank account already, get information from your bank about ATM’s and ATM fees (see above). It's possible to pay most utility bills on -line or by using a credit card, and you could pay your landlord in cash. If you anticipate writing cheques or working at UPEI you are encouraged to open a Canadian bank account. What are the charges associated with opening a Canadian bank account? A basic, non-interest-bearing chequing account costs about $3.00/month (Can) and allows about ten transactions per month without additional charges. It takes about half an hour with a customer service representative to open an account. The monthly statements take forever to reach PEI by mail. Is there some other way I can keep track of transactions on my International account? Ask your bank about banking by phone or on-line. It may be possible to use your bank's 1-800 number from PEI, but be sure to ask; some 1-800 numbers do not work in Canada or work only in certain provinces. There may be a fee associated with on-line banking ask your bank for more details. What should I do in case of an emergency cash shortage? Leave some deposit slips with a trusted family member or friend in your home country. UPEI can help you with emergency short-term loans. Someone wants me to pay by using a cheque, but I don't have a Canadian chequing account. How can I pay without opening a Canadian account? The post office sells money orders for a small fee. The post office closest to UPEI can be found in the Superstore Plaza on Belvedere Avenue. How much debt will I accumulate by the time I graduate? To estimate: (Pre-AVC Student Loans + [AVC tuition x 4 Years] + [Estimated Living Expenses x 4 Years]) (Estimated earnings from summer and school year employment) - (Assistance in the form of scholarships and gifts from relatives) = Total Estimated Student Loan Debt. This figure does not include credit card, car loan or mortgage debt.

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What is the difference between subsidized and unsubsidized loans? "Subsidized" means that someone (usually the government) pays interest on the loan while you are enrolled in school; the loan begins to accumulate interest when you graduate. "Unsubsidized" means that the loan accumulates interest from the moment they send you the cheque. Obviously, it is best to rely first on subsidized loans before resorting to unsubsidized loans. How does compound interest work? As an example, suppose that your student loan interest rate is 7.5% and you borrow $10,000 for the first semester of your first year of vet school. Assuming that the loan is unsubsidized, you will owe $10,000 (principal) + $3355.00 (interest) four years from the date of the initial loan. My loan cheque is in. Now what? The loan cheques are mailed directly to the Student Services Office and are made out to the student and the University. Students go to the Accounting Office to pick his/her loan cheque. The student is quoted the exchange rate and then tuition and fees are deducted from the total. If the student loan received is greater than the fees charged, the balance can be either credited to the student’s account or a refund cheque can be processed. Arrangements must be made with the Accounting Office in either case. How can I minimize my debt? First, estimate your expenses. Then, apply for the minimum needed in loans - just because the AVMA will allow you to borrow $8000, for example, doesn't mean that you can't ask for only $6000 if that's all you really need. If you need to borrow from several loan agencies, apply separately to the lower interest ones for first semester and to the higher interest ones for second semester, if necessary. Will working help to minimize my debt? Yes! It is nice to work in the veterinary profession, but if that option is not available, you may find that waiting tables, computer programming, etc. may provide a more profitable income. Volunteering at a shelter or animal clinic is a great way to get additional animal experience if a summer position is not readily available at AVC. Jobs at AVC during the school year and summer vacation pay between $9.52 and $13.11 an hour (Can).

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International Work Regulations ELIGIBILITY An international student (i.e. not Canadian citizen) can now work in Canada during his/her academic stay, either for the university that he/she is attending or off campus. For further information regarding working on and/or off campus, please visit the following website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work.asp

After arriving in Canada, a student’s spouse may work temporarily, only after applying for and receiving an Employment Authorization from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-spouse.asp SOCIAL INSURANCE NUMBER (SIN) There have been some changes to the information that Service Canada needs when international students who want to work on campus apply for a Social Insurance Number. Essentially, the student must submit a contract from their employer which includes a number of details regarding the student's Study Permit (in addition to the employment information). This change is nation-wide.

You can find the specific details on this change, as well as a sample of the new contract Service Canada would like campus employers to use at: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/en/sin/employers/contract.shtml For a sample, click on 'Contract of Employment' found in the 2nd paragraph. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CITIZENS As a US citizen, a student’s spouse may apply for an Employment Authorization while travelling through a designated border crossing into Canada. Alternatively, from within Canada, an application for Employment Authorization may be sent to the CIC Center in Vegreville, Alberta. The customary waiting period for authorization to work when applying through Vegreville is between 4 and 6 weeks. Applying at the border is much quicker. ALL OTHER CITIZENSHIPS Applications must be sent by mail from within Canada to the CIC Center in Vegreville, Alberta. The customary waiting period is between 4 and 6 weeks. In some situations, a spouse may apply for an Employment Authorization along with his/her spouse’s Student Visa application. The Employment Authorization request must be accompanied by a validated work offer from a Canadian employer. The Canadian Embassy in the home country may issue an Employment Authorization or may refer the application to Vegreville, Alberta.

For additional information, contact the nearest Canadian Embassy or visit the CIC web site : http://www.cic.gc.ca/ Host Family Program International students who would like more information on this opportunity are invited to go to the following website: http://www.upei.ca/studentservices/international/ambassador-family-program Ambassador Family Program Students who want to be involved in program for international students. However, if you wish to be informed of the names of families who have expressed an interest in hosting international students, please e-mail Erica Stanley at estanley@upei.ca.

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PASSPORTS, VISAS, ETC. Study Permit or Visitor`s Visa Apply 6-8 weeks in advance for your Study Permit or Visitor’s Visa at the nearest Canadian Consulate, Embassy, or High Commission. 1. Citizens or permanent residents of the United States may apply for Study Permits at any Canadian port of entry. 2.

If a student is already in Canada before admission, he/she must apply using the "From Outside of Canada" application forms and mail to the Consulate in New York. When the letter of approval arrives, you will be required to re-enter Canada by going to St. Stephen's/St. Catherine's (the nearest US border crossing to PEI) to get the study permit. Keep your permit in a safe place! It will specify the terms and conditions that govern your stay in Canada (e.g. duration of study, name of institution, level of study). Please read it carefully and if you are not clear on the contents, discuss them with a Canadian official.

Confirm that your Study Permit is valid for the duration of your studies (4 years). Depending on your home country, you may be required to apply for an extension if your permit doesn't cover the whole period of your studies. Required Documents (1) A passport, preferably valid for the duration of studies (required of all incoming international students, including US citizens applying from the US). Original letter of acceptance from UPEI. Proof of financial support with the following documentation: a letter from your bank in your country; a bank draft or letter from your source of funding; a notarized statement certifying that someone is willing and able to sponsor you while in Canada; confirmation of awards (assistantships, scholarships, fellowships). A letter on institutional letterhead giving clear indication of the monthly cost of living (rent or residence fees, food, health insurance, clothing, miscellaneous) is an important piece of information which is used by immigration officers to assess your ability to cover the first year of the cost of study. If no institutional statement is provided, a figure of $10,000 for each 12-month period will be used, with an additional $ 4,000 for a spouse and $ 3,000 for each additional dependant. Medical certificate, if applicable, including records of vaccinations. It is advisable to take TW0 (2) passport photographs just in case. Application fee is approximately $125.00. Once you have all the above documents you may apply for your Study Permit. http://www.canadavisa.com/canadian-temporary-study-visa.html

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ARRIVING FROM OUTSIDE THE US? You should have in your possession: 1. Your Study Permit 2. Valid Passport 3. Any letters or papers used to obtain your Study Permit If any documents are missing or incorrect, you could be refused admission into Canada. Canadian Customs Please read through the following information carefully. If you follow the instructions outlined below you shouldn’t encounter any problems. There is also a Customs Office right in Charlottetown should you need assistance once you arrive. However, If you are really confused, or have other unanswered questions, please contact: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Telephone: 1-888-242-2100 PERSONAL AND HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS As an international student studying in Canada, you are eligible for certain customs benefits, including temporary importation into Canada of your household and personal effects.

If you are moving furniture, appliances, bikes, or plan to keep a vehicle with you in Canada for the full 4 years of your studies, Canadian Customs will require an itemized list of everything you are bringing into Canada, as well as serial numbers (on TV, stereo, bike, computer, etc.), and approximate value of each item in Canadian dollars. While there is a good chance you will not get stopped and asked for this list, it will certainly save the headache of unpacking everything at the border and making a list there if you are asked. Even if you are not asked for the list, it is recommended that you give the Customs official the list so it can be stamped and you will be entirely official and legal for your stay in Canada. Also, you will have proof upon returning to the US that you brought these items with you when you entered Canada. The purpose of this list is to make sure you pay taxes on any item you sell in Canada, so if you leave after 4 years, and only have half the stuff you started with, they can charge you the appropriate tax according to your entrance list. It seems silly, but it is the law! MOTOR VEHICLES Motor vehicles are not required to meet federal safety and emission standards; however, a provincial safety test might be required if you have to license the vehicle in Canada. It is important to request the following documentation when you enter Canada with a vehicle: (1) Temporary Admissions Permit and (2) Vehicle Import Form - Form 13-0132, which are issued at the border. PETS Pet dogs and cats three months of age and older from the USA can be brought into Canada provided they are accompanied by a certificate signed and dated by a veterinarian, showing that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years. The certificate must identify the animal by breed, age, sex, colouring, and distinguishing marks. An animal tag is not considered adequate for identification/proof of vaccination. It is a good idea to keep this certificate with your passport. Pet dogs and cats less than three months old from the USA, and seeing eye dogs from all countries, do not require a certificate but they must be in good health when they get to the border.

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Horses will require negative a Coggins test to enter Canada. For additional information on bringing in horses, all other pets from the USA, and for pets of any kind from other countries, you should Check in advance with: Import Officer, Animal Health, CFIA P.O. Box 6088 1081 Main Street Moncton, New Brunswick; E1C 8R2 Tel: (506) 851-7651; Fax: (506) 851-2689 For additional information on importation of pets into Canada visit the following web sites: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/anima/imp/petani/petanie.shtml Exotic Pets If you own any exotic pet, which is defined by any animal that lives in your house and is not a cat, a dog, a rabbit or a ferret, please read this information carefully. Aquarium fish are considered exotic pets and require a permit too. If you own unusual farm animals or any other wild/exotic species, you might also require a license (emus, deer, felid...). Exotic pet owners should contact PEI Fish and Wildlife to apply for a license. This is a simple process for legal species (see list below). For the species that are prohibited on PEI (see list below), the Department of Fish and Wildlife have agreed to give a special permit to UPEI for some very special cases. For example, all chelonians (turtles and tortoises), most amphibians and everything wild-caught (including exotic fish) are prohibited on PEI. However, if these species are kept in excellent conditions by an employee or a student of the AVC, they could be placed on the special permit of the AVC. If you own a legal or prohibited species and you do not already have a permit from PEI Fish and Wildlife, please fill in the attached form and email it to Marion Desmarchelier as soon as possible at mdesmarcheli@upei.ca. If you own a prohibited species, please provide me with as much information as possible on how you keep them, husbandry, diet, temperature, humidity, and please send me some photos of how they are set up. If you own a legal species and you already have a permit for it (for example, if you bought it in a pet store on PEI), you do not need to fill in the form, just send me an email indicating the species you have and your permit number. Note: To fill in the form, the class is usually Class 4 if you got the animal from a pet store (or breeder). Please remember that any exotic pet kept illegally can be seized by the Department of Fish and Wildlife at any time, and could not received medical care at the AVC without informing the authorities. If you have any question, please feel free to consult the documentation at: http://www.gov.pe.ca/law/regulations/pdf/F&12-3.pdf Or you can contact: Marion Desmarchelier Telephone: 1-902-566-0923 Email: mdesmarcheli@upei.ca

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Pet Stores and Ownership Wild animals native to Prince Edward Island are not to be sold or kept in captivity as pets. Certain species of exotic wild animals may be imported by licensed pet stores for sale to the public as pets. Eligible species are those that by their conservation status in their native ecosystems, and by their nature, do not raise any ongoing management concerns. Captive bred wildlife where-ever possible (recognize that there is a problem getting captive bred marine fish.) Eligible species are only those approved by the Forest Fish and Wildlife Division that are not on the Prohibited List. Pet Stores must provide buyers with information on the nature and requirements of these animals, and guidelines for their proper care. Eligible Wildlife Species for Pets The Department of Fish and Wildlife reserves the right to refuse or permit a person to have or sell any wildlife species that poses a concern based on: 1. Public Safety 2. Animal Welfare 3. Potential damage to ecosystem if released into the wild or taken from the wild 4. The status of the wildlife species in the wild 5. Economic concerns for the exploitation of the species. 6. Legally obtained Before selling or possessing wildlife the wildlife species must be approved by the Forest Fish and Wildlife Division. The species must not be on the Prohibited List. The applicant must have a obtained a permit. Concerns for some species may be addresses with approval from a licensed veterinarian and a permit from the Department of Forest Fish and Wildlife. This will form a restricted list. A form has been developed for this. All costs are the responsibility of the applicant. * All species of snakes that grow an average size(or size range) of greater than 2 meters but less than 3 meters. Prohibited Wildlife Species for Pets In order to assist the pet stores and potential pet owners the following prohibited list was developed. In general any wildlife that is considered dangerous to humans, native to Prince Edward Island, poses a threat to the ecosystem if it escapes into the wild is considered prohibited. Any wildlife that has been obtained illegally is also prohibited. • All artiodactylous ungulates, except domestic goats, sheep, pigs and cattle • All canidae, except the domestic dog • All crocodilians (such as alligators and crocodiles) • All edentates (such as anteaters, sloths and armadillos) • All elephantidae (elephants) • All Erinacidae (except the African pigmy hedgehog) • All felidae, except the domestic cat • All hyaenidae (hyenas) • All marsupials (except sugar gliders) • All mustelidae (such as skunks, otters and weasels) except the domestic ferret • All non-human primates (such as gorillas and monkeys) • All pinnipeds (such as seals, fur seals and walruses) • All perissodactylous ungulates, except the domestic horse and ass Page 32


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All procyonidae (such as raccoons, coatis and cacomistles) All pteropodidae (bats) All raptors, diurnal and nocturnal (such as eagles, hawks and owls) All prairie dogs, bullfrogs, axolotl and tiger salamanders All ratites (such as emus, ostriches, rheas and cassowaries) All ursidae (bears) All venomous animals (includes snakes, toads, insects, spiders, fish) All viverridae (such as mongooses, civets and genets) All testudines/chelonians (turtles & tortoise) All threatened and/or endangered species protected by cites All wildlife that has not been captive bred (unless otherwise exempted) All species of snakes that grow an average size (or size range) of greater than 3 meters

Examples of animals of a particular prohibited group are given in parentheses. They are examples only and shall not be construed as limiting the generality of the group. This list is subject to review according to the accepted criteria. HOUSE PLANTS House plants from the continental USA entering Canada as a passenger’s baggage, or with household effects, may enter without phytosanitary certificates or import permits. All other plants from the USA, and plants from other parts of the world, require an import permit in advance and a phytosanitary certificate.

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