This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2017 to April 2018.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2017-2018, please consult the class search website.

For general registration information, please visit students.usask.ca.

As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


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VBMS 002.0
MITACS Globalink Undergraduate Visiting Research

VBMS 202.4 — 50L-32T over Q1,Q2,Q3&Q4
Veterinary Biochemistry

Biochemical topics with special relevance to function at the level of the whole organism will be presented. There will be an emphasis on comparative metabolic aspects of the major food and companion animal species, with special attention to metabolic differences that relate to performance, productive capacity and disease conditions.

Formerly: BIOC 207
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 207 will not receive credit for this course.


VBMS 208.1 — 16T over Q1,Q2,Q3&Q4
Biomedical Rounds

Designed to facilitate integration of learning materials within biomedical sciences and of biomedical sciences with other components in the veterinary medical curriculum.

Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 220.8 — 63L-111P over Q1,Q2,Q3&Q4
Veterinary Anatomy

A general introduction to the anatomy of the common large and small domestic animal species with emphasis on areas of particular functional and clinical significance or biological importance.

Formerly: VBMS 210.7
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 222.3 — 31L-22T over Q3&Q4
Veterinary Neuroscience

An overview of the structure and function of the nervous system of domestic animals, with emphasis on general clinical applications.

Formerly: VBMS 212.3
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 223.2 — 31L-2P over Q1,Q2,Q3&Q4
Veterinary Embryology

Emphasizes the study of embryonic development, including organogenesis and congenital anomalies. An introduction to teratology is also given.

Formerly: VBMS 213.2
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VBMS 224.9 — 133L-50P-7T over Q1,Q2,Q3&Q4
Veterinary Physiology

The function of the physiological systems of mammals is studied with emphasis upon the domestic animals and veterinary medical aspects. After an introductory consideration of basic cell physiology and hematology, the physiology of respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal , renal and endocrine systems is studied. In the laboratory the principles of physiology are demonstrated through experiments and observation on the normal animal and with computer simulations.

Formerly: VBMS 221.8 and VBMS 320.2
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.


VBMS 231.4 — 48L-53P over Q1,Q2,Q3&Q4
Veterinary Microscopic Anatomy

A general and comparative overview of the microscopic anatomy of vertebrate cells, tissues and organs emphasizing functional relationships in animals of veterinary importance.

Formerly: VBMS 211.4
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 305.2 — 37L over Q1&Q2
Veterinary Pain and Analgesia

Examines mechanisms, physiology, impacts, and recognition and treatment of animal pain.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 314.3 — 1(3L-2P)
Comparative Anatomy of Domestic Animals

A general review of the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the domestic animals with emphasis on those structures, such as the digestive and reproductive systems, that are of particular importance to students of Animal Science.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.


VBMS 324.3 — 1(3L-2P)
Animal Physiology I

To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of mammalian and avian physiology, with major emphasis on domestic farm animals. Topics include hematology, respiration, the cardiovascular system, renal physiology and monogastric digestion.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.


VBMS 325.3 — 2(3L-2P)
Animal Physiology II

To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of mammalian and avian physiology, with major emphasis on domestic farm animals. Topics include ruminant digestion, endocrinology, pre-natal growth, reproduction and lactation.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.
Prerequisite(s): VBMS 324


VBMS 333.6 — 69L over Q1,2&3
Veterinary Pharmacology

To provide a basic understanding of drug pharmacokinetics (what the body does to the drug - the processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination) and pharmacodynamics (the effect of the drug on the body or the pathogen). Drugs that are clinically important in veterinary medicine will be emphasized.

Formerly: VBMS 323.3.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VBMS 334.3 — 48L over Q3&4
Veterinary Toxicology

To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of toxic agents, mechanisms of action, manifestations in affected animals, principles of treatment, food safety, and public health concerns of agents commonly encountered in western Canada. Topics including metals, pesticides, plants, household products, feed additives and industrial chemicals will be covered in the course. Instruction in the course will be provided from a clinical perspective with a major case-based component.

Formerly: VBMS 434.3.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VBMS 434.3 will not receive credit for this course.


VBMS 422.1 — 12L
Current Issues in Regulatory Veterinary Pharmacology

Veterinary drug use is highly regulated in Canada. Current topics in the field of regulatory pharmacology will be discussed, including emerging issues affecting drug use and regulation, challenges when designing and implementing veterinary regulations, and the effects of veterinary drug regulations on veterinarians, animal populations and public health.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program.


VBMS 431.1 — 10T over Q3
Integrative Morphological Sciences

Provides an opportunity for senior students to review and enhance their knowledge of particular areas in morphological sciences in an integrated manner.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 435.1 — 12L over Q4
Drugs and the Performance Horse

Using a case-based approach, this course will cover the history of doping in horse sports, the equine sanctioning organizations and their current drug rules, drug detection methodology, and principles of drug depletion.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 436.3 — 48L over Q1&2
Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology

Covers pharmacology as it applies to the treatment of clinical disease in animals. Principles of clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions will be emphasized. Lectures on specific groups of drugs are delivered with a system-oriented approach, emphasizing rational therapeutic options.

Formerly: VBMS 426.2.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 437.1 — 12L
Pain and Analgesia in Non-Mammalian Animals

Provides basic knowledge of the pathways and physiological mechanisms of pain in non-mammalian vertebrates and some invertebrates are provided. Recognition of pain and appropriate treatment, including relevant pharmacology are covered along with clinical application.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VBMS 821.3 — 1/2(4T)
Ultrastructural Cell Biology

This is an advanced graduate course focused on ultrastructural features and cellular biology underlying the function of primarily mammalian cellular organelles and interpretation of electron micrographs. The course requires attending lectures micrograph interpretations session, and reading of textbooks, research papers and review articles for group discussions and class presentations.

Permission of instructor required.


VBMS 826.3 — 1(3L/T-3P)
Advanced Endocrinology

This advanced level course in endocrinology will focus to provide a well-rounded and up-to-date curriculum to address both basics and advancement in comparative (multi-species) endocrinology. Graduate students enrolled in this course will attend lectures, laboratories on endocrine research techniques, prepare essays and present to the class.

Note: Senior undergraduate endocrinology or physiology courses are encouraged, but not mandatory.


VBMS 828.3 — 1(3L)
Gastrointestinal Physiology

Provides an in-depth coverage of monogastric gastrointestinal physiology, stressing those aspects related to the understanding of gastroenteric disease.

VBMS 830.3 — 1(3L)
Physiology and Endocrinology of Reproduction in Mammals

Topics will be hormones of reproduction, sexual differentiation and maturation, physiology and endocrinology of male reproductive system, reproductive cyclicity in the female, gestation and parturition, reproductive behaviour, and the seasonality of reproductive activity.

VBMS 833.3 — 1/2(3L-1S)
Subclinical Toxicology

Discusses subclinical manifestations to toxic agents. The emphasis will be on immunological and behavioral alterations produced by a variety of chemical agents. Animal models and testing methods used to evaluate the effects will be discussed, along with various public health considerations and significance.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in a graduate program in Toxicology or Veterinary Biomedical Sciences or permission of the instructor.


VBMS 838.3 — 1/2(3P)
Research Techniques in Endocrinology and Reproduction I

An advanced course in research techniques in the field of endocrinology and reproduction. Students will spend time in three different research laboratories learning techniques of value to their research work and future career. The course aims to diversify and strengthen the student's preparation in modern research approaches.

Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the Department to ensure that the topics covered are different.


VBMS 840.3 — 2(3L)
Vascular Biology and Toxicology

Examines the physiology of the blood vessels at the tissue, cellular and molecular level. The interaction of blood vessels with blood, the pathophysiology of common vascular diseases, and the effect of toxicants on the circulation are discussed.

Formerly: VBMS 898.


VBMS 850.3 — 1/2(3L)
Lung Cell and Molecular Biology

Designed for in-depth study of lung morphology and physiology as well as mechanisms of lung inflammation.

Formerly: VBMS 898.


VBMS 851.3 — 1/2(3L)
Inflammation and Repair

This advanced course provides the latest concepts and advances in cell and molecular mechanisms of inflammation and subsequent repair.

VBMS 855.3 — 2.5L
Integrative Cardiovascular Physiology and Toxicology

The objectives of this course are to first examine multi-organ integration in the control of cardiovascular physiology. Specifically, ventricular/arterial coupling as well as how cardiac, pulmonary, renal, endocrine and/or neural systems integrate with cardiovascular responses for homeostatic control of blood pressure will be examined. This course will also explore how these homeostatic mechanisms are altered in pathological processes associated with major human diseases and toxic agents encountered by humans.

Note: VBMS 840 is suggested as a prerequisite, but not required.


VBMS 880.3 — (3L-2P)
Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis for the Natural Sciences

This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of experimental design, data analysis and data reporting. The course will cover major univariate parametric and non-parametric tools, including more complex ANOVA designs (nested, repeated-measures, ANCOVAs), as well as a few multivariate ones (MANOVA, PCA).

Prerequisite(s): Any undergraduate statistics course.


VBMS 898.3 — 1/2(3S)
Special Problems in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

Study of a special topic in the biomedical sciences for which no formal course exists and pertinent to the candidate and their goals. This is general enough to cover the goals of the old courses from the two old departments.

VBMS 899.6 — 1&2(3S)
Special Topics

Study of a special topic in the biomedical sciences for which no formal course exists and pertinent to the candidate and their goals. This is general enough to cover the goals of the old courses from the two old departments.

VBMS 990
Seminar

Graduate students in the department are required to attend and participate. The staff and visiting scientists also contribute to the course. Interested undergraduates may be invited to attend and participate.

VBMS 992.0
Project

Students undertaking the project Master's degree (M.Vet.Sc.) must register in this course.

VBMS 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.

VBMS 996
Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.