The University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has placed seventh worldwide and tops in Canada in the 2018 World University Rankings.

U of G’s Ontario Agricultural College ranked second in Canada and was in the top 17 in the world among agricultural and forestry schools, seven spots higher than in the 2017 rankings.

The annual World University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an international education network, name the world’s best universities in 48 academic subjects. QS looked at some 1,000 universities from 151 countries, the most comprehensive global overview by discipline of higher education.

The survey considers such factors as overall research impact and academic and institutional reputation.

The rankings are intended to help prospective students identify leading schools in their field. Schools are graded based on academic and employer reputation and research impact.

OVC is ranked fourth among veterinary schools in North America. Top-ranked veterinary science schools this year are the University of California – Davis, Cornell University, the University of London’s Royal Veterinary College, the University of Cambridge and Utrecht University.

After U of G, the University of Calgary was the highest ranked Canadian school in veterinary sciences, placing 48th.