Veterinarian re-establishes his dream in Calgary



Dr. Qi came to Canada with his wife in 1995 from mainland China, and graduated from the Beijing University as a veterinarian. In China, he had worked in animal research as well as actively practised as a veterinarian.

When Dr. Qi first came to Canada, he had no friends or family in Canada, but came seeking new opportunities. When he came here, he looked into the process of getting accreditation as a vet. The vet accreditation board at the time was very difficult to navigate for ITPs, and encountered much negativity and road blocks. At this time, he often considered changing careers but never gave up at it. As the vet accreditation board required two written exams and a clinical exam, he was placed on a long waiting list that lasted two years, in order to write his clinical exam for reaccreditation.

During the Two years it was difficult to find even a survival job without Canadian experience, and he got very frustrated. During this time, his wife was also pregnant so it was important for him to find a job to support his family. Eventually he landed a position of store clerk at a retail pet food company as a promoter, and was able to write his two exams and one clinical exam eventually to obtain his veterinarian license.

His first vet job that he landed was in a small Canadian town, where he was one of 2 minority families. Got paid very low because of his lower level English at the time, and experienced a lot of racism at the local laundromat. Dr. Qi moved to Calgary in 1999 and found many more opportunities in this new city. Shortly after moving to Calgary, he had the opportunity to become a co-owner of a vet clinic, and took advantage of it! Since then, he has worked at the Calgary Holistic Veterinary Clinic for 17 years, and is also actively working there as a veterinarian. Dr. Qi currently has two boys one at UC and the other studying in High school.

Advice Dr. Qi would give to new immigrants looking to re-establish their careers here: “Do your best to learn and better understand the language and practises that are common in your field”