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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VLAC 211.3 — 40L-37P over Q1&Q2
Animal Management and Production I

Provides a basic foundation of knowledge in the welfare, behaviour, management and nutrition of the common animal species including companion animals, emphasizing the role of the veterinarian. Concepts of animal welfare, herd management, health and production interactions, and the common management practices of various animal industries will be emphasized. Laboratory exercises will emphasize hands-on experience in animal handling and restraint. Laboratories will also involve feed evaluation, ration formulations and nutritional case studies in livestock and companion animals.

Formerly: VLAC 210.5
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VLAC 200 and VLAC 210 will not receive credit for this course..


VLAC 310.3 — 41L over Q1&Q2
Animal Management and Production II

Provides a basic foundation of knowledge in the behaviour, husbandry, nutrition and breeding of the common animal species, featuring the veterinary aspects of the various animal industries and the contemporary role of the veterinarian in servicing them. Concepts of herd management, health and production interactions, and the makeup of various animal industries will be emphasized for the various species groups.

Formerly: VLAC 300.5
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VLAC 320.2 — 30L over Q1&Q2
Evidence based Medicine

Students will learn how to apply the concepts of evidence-based medicine to veterinary practice. The course provides students with the basic skills necessary to evaluate the scientific literature with emphasis on clinical trials, choose diagnostic tests and interpret the results, and investigate and control outbreaks of disease. In-class exercises will provide students with practical experiences for each of these core objectives.

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


VLAC 411.3 — Q3(3L)
Diseases of Livestock

Provides an overview of animal disease principles in which disease mechanisms, body response to disease, diagnosis, control and prevention are emphasized. Special attention is given to infectious diseases of cattle that are of economic importance to the Saskatchewan livestock industry.

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


VLAC 429.1 — 12L
Zoonotic Diseases

This course will introduce veterinary students to concepts and principles of zoonoses via examples of zoonotic diseases, zooeyia and injury due to animals. Presentation of diseases will emphasize their importance to human health, their effects on domestic animals, importance of wildlife reservoirs, surveillance and methods of control/prevention. This course will be a mixture of lectures and in-class discussion. Focus will be on diseases of importance in Canada but some discussion of international diseases will occur.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: This is a Year 3 elective for students in the D.V.M. program. Students with credit for VLAC 431 will not receive credit for this course. This course was labeled VLAC 431 until 2014.


VLAC 433.2 — 24L over Q3
Equine Medicine

A series of lectures and case discussions dealing with medical diseases of horses. Emphasis is placed on conditions and/or aspects of diseases not covered in the equine medicine and surgery core course.

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


VLAC 435.2 — 20L-4P
Equine Surgery

This Equine Surgery elective will expand on the material presented in the core Equine Medicine and Surgery (VLAC 476.5) course. The intent of this course is to allow the students interested in equine practice to undertake more advanced training in surgery with a goal of being better prepared to enter equine practice.

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


VLAC 437.2 — 24S over Q3
Advanced Bovine Ruminant Medicine

Designed to examine the bovine health issues raised in the food animal medicine course and to examine them in much greater detail. Particular emphasis will be placed on the control of the diseases at the herd level.

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


VLAC 439.2 — 16L-8P over Q4
Swine Production Medicine

Will expand the student's knowledge of swine diseases, with particular emphasis on clinical expression, the age group affected, differential diagnosis, control and prevention. A case oriented, comparative approach will be used, and the content will build on material presented in the core swine disease and production courses. The elective will also enhance the student's understanding of nutrition, reproduction, farm records, pigflow, ventilation, meat production, and farm economics through lecture, seminar and laboratory sessions.

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


VLAC 441.2 — 24P over Q4
Clinical Procedures in Bovine Practice

Designed to provide practical training to veterinary students in procedures and techniques that are required in bovine practice.

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


VLAC 443.2 — 24L over Q4
Animal Welfare

Examines the history, current issues and challenges of the animal welfare movement, and the role of the veterinarian in addressing animal welfare issues. Major topics include domestic and foreign policy, veterinary position statements, auditing, research and assessment of animal welfare for animals used for food, companionship, research, sport and wildlife.

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


VLAC 445.2 — 6L-18P over Q4
Advanced Equine Reproduction

Course covers information and training on use of transrectal ultrasonography for mare management, and diagnosis of reproductive problems. Topics include stallion physiology, spermatogenesis, semen collection, and breeding management. Hands-on laboratory includes in-depth use of ultrasonography, AI, cytology, culture, uterine treatment and biopsy techniques in the mare, and semen collection, analysis and processing in stallions.

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


VLAC 447.2 — 24L over Q3
Sustainable Development Social Political Cultural Economic and Environmental Pressures on Ecosystems

Comprehensive overview of pressures on world ecosystems, focusing mainly on developing countries.

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


VLAC 449.2 — 24L
Beef Industry Elective

This elective course is designed to provide veterinary students who have an interest in food supply veterinary medicine with a broad background to the structure, organization, and economics of the beef industry. Labs and lectures will focus on preventive medicine, records, economics, and nutrition.

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


VLAC 451.1 — 15P over Q3
Advanced Bovine Palpation Lab

Designed to improve the palpation skills beyond that which was obtained in the Core course. In addition, students will obtain experience performing vaginoscopy, transrectal ultrasonography of the bovine reproductive tract, and artificial insemination techniques. There will also be the opportunity to apply knowledge related to such things as estrous cycle manipulation, treatment of cystic ovarian disease, and the diagnosis and treatment of endometritis.

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


VLAC 453.2 — 24L
Dairy Industry

This elective course is designed to expand the student's knowledge of the dairy industry by building onto previously taught core courses such as VLAC 310 and VLAC 482. Specifically, the structure, organization and economics of the dairy industry will be covered in greater detail alongside animal management and dairy animal health and welfare. The course is directed at students who are considering a career associated with the dairy industry.

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


VLAC 455.1 — 12L
Introduction to Epidemiology for Regulatory Medicine and Public Health

This interactive course will give students exposure to emerging epidemiologic tools in regulatory medicine and public health. The tools emphasized and examples will be structured to meet student interests but might include examples from livestock, wildlife, and public health. Tools introduced in the course could include disease mapping, risk analysis, infectious disease modeling, research synthesis methods, and decision analysis.

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


VLAC 462.5 — 66L-24P over Q1&Q2
Equine Medicine and Surgery

A series of lectures and laboratories dealing with medical, surgical, and peripartum reproductive diseases of horses. In lectures, emphasis is placed on clinical signs, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management and treatment of common diseases, conditions and injuries of horses in western Canada. Laboratories complement lectures in providing instruction and practice of important clinical examination and diagnostic techniques.

Formerly: Part of VLAC 452.2 and VLAC 472.4.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VLAC 452 or VLAC 472 will not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 473.3
Food Animal Reproductive Management

This course is designed to enhance the students' knowledge of normal reproductive patterns of sheep, goats, swine and cattle and to foster a greater understanding of modern assisted reproductive technologies and to develop a level of knowledge regarding the diagnosis and management of reproductive problems suitabe for those entering clinical practice.

Formerly: Half of VLAC 470.
Restriction(s): Course only open to students in Year 3 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VLAC 460 or 470 will not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 474.2
Companion Animal Theriogenology

This course is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of normal reproductive patterns of companion animals to foster a greater understanding of modern assisted reproductive technologies and to develop a level of knowledge regarding the diagnosis and management of reproductive problems suitable for those entering clinical practice.

Formerly: Half of VLAC 470.
Restriction(s): Course only open to students in Year 3 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VLAC 460 or 470 will not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 482.5 — 64L-24P over Q1&2
Food Animal Production Medicine

A series of lectures that deal with the specific diseases of domestic agricultural animals (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and poultry). Emphasizes the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical and laboratory findings, diagnosis, treatment and control of the common diseases which occur in domestic farm animals. Some lectures deal with the important exotic diseases that are potential threats to the livestock industry.

Formerly: Part of VLAC 452.2 and VLAC 472.4.
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 2 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
Note: Students with credit for VLAC 452 or VLAC 472 will not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 490.1 — 12L
Equine Nutrition

The course will cover nutrition basics, evaluation of the equine diet, ration formulation, and the interpretation of nutrient analyses. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the role diet can play in various diseases (nutritional and non-nutritional diseases) and will gain confidence in advising clients on diet selection to prevent or treat nutritional diseases. Hands-on labs will include gross inspection of feed and body condition scoring of horses. Topics will include feed identification and forage analysis, ration analysis, life stage feeding, and feeding to prevent and/or treat specific nutritional diseases, such as equine metabolic syndrome, gastric ulcer syndrome, laminitis, myopathies, and refeeding syndrome.

Restriction(s): Only open to students in the 3rd year of the D.V.M. program.
Note: This course will be an elective in year 3.


VLAC 491.1 — 12L
Beef Industry Elective

This course is a continuation of VLAC 310: Animal management and production II. This elective course is designed to provide veterinary students with an interest in beef food supply medicine a background to the beef industries structure, organization and economics. The major areas of focus will be methods of disease prevention, economics, health/production record keeping/analysis, and methods of enhancing growth promotion.

Restriction(s): Only open to students in the 3rd year of the D.V.M. program.
Note: This course will be an elective in year 3.


VLAC 493.2 — 24L
Ruminant Nutrition

This course is a continuation of VLAC 211 and VLAC 310: Animal Management and Production 1 and 2. This elective course is designed to provide those students with an interest in food supply veterinary medicine a better understanding of the principles of nutritional management of beef cattle and dairy cattle. Lectures and practicums will focus on applied nutritional principles within these industries including grazing and feeding management.

Restriction(s): Only open to students in the 3rd year of the D.V.M. program.
Note: This course will be an elective in year 3.


VLAC 494.2 — 14L-6P
Equine Surgery

This offering will build on information provided in the Equine Medicine and Surgery course with a primary goal of providing in-depth presentations in areas important to students interested in pursuing Equine Practice. In addition to didactic sessions, there will be opportunities to develop radiographic and ultrasound examination skills. The program will summate with a series of case based student presentations.

Restriction(s): Only open to students in the 3rd year of the D.V.M. program.
Note: This course will be an elective in year 3.


VLAC 495.1 — 6L-6P
Equine Health Management and Clinical Techniques

This course is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of, and technical expertise in, some of the common components of the health management of horses, including, but not limited to, dentistry, parasite control, and disease prevention. The course content may vary from year to year, but students can expect to expand their understanding of the veterinarian’s role in equine herd and individual health management.

Restriction(s): Only open to students in the 3rd year of the D.V.M. program.
Note: This course will be an elective in year 3.


VLAC 801.3 — 1/2(1L-1S)&1&2&3(2P)
Principles of Embryo Transfer

Covers background information on embryo transfer with special emphasis on bovine embryo transfer. Specialized techniques e.g. embryo freezing, sexing, and splitting will be reviewed and in some cases form parts of laboratory exercises. Laboratory exercises will be conducted primarily on cattle. These will include superovulation, artificial insemination, embryo collection and transfer, and embryo handling techniques. Designed to provide the student with sufficient knowledge and laboratory experience to conduct the entire procedure in one species.

Permission of instructor required.


VLAC 803.6 — 1/2(8P, 4 weeks)
Special Field Experiences

Total immersion in the area of study pertinent to the graduate student. A complete report is required and should come from a daily log of activities and be organized from a protocol set up by the student's advisory committee prior to going out on this experience.

VLAC 808.3
Introduction to Veterinary Epidemiology

This course will introduce students to the concepts and basic methods of epidemiology used to evaluate the distribution and determinants of disease and health interventions. The course will have a specific focus on epidemiology, as it pertains to animal health issues.

Note: Students with credit for PUBH 800 or CHEP 800 will not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 840.3 — 2(3L)
Zoonoses and Food Safety

Will focus on the characterization and distribution of diseases common to animals and man. A selection of important zoonoses and food safety issues will be specifically covered with an emphasis on the principles of zoonotic disease transmission and control, risk factors to humans, and surveillance methods.

VLAC 855.3 — 1&2(2.5S)
Advanced Equine Surgery I

The anatomy, pathophysiology and surgery of the equine species will be studied with respect to the basic principles of wound healing, tissue response to trauma and the related physiologic responses. Regular seminars based on current literature reviews of selected topics will be required of candidates. Weekly case-based discussions will be used to bridge from the classroom to the clinical patient. Advanced equine surgery I will focus on general surgery in the horse.

Note: Students with credit for VLAC 851 cannot receive credit for this course.


VLAC 856.3 — 1&2(2.5S)
Advanced Equine Surgery II

The anatomy, pathophysiology and surgery of the equine species will be studied with respect to the basic principles of wound healing, tissue response to trauma and the related physiologic responses. Regular seminars based on current literature reviews of selected topics will be required of candidates. Weekly case-based discussions will be used to bridge from the classroom to the clinical patient. Advanced Equine Surgery II will focus on orthopedic conditions of the horse.

Note: Students with credit for VLAC 852 cannot receive credit for this course.


VLAC 857.3 — 1&2(2.5S)
Advanced Equine Surgery III

The anatomy, pathophysiology and surgery of the equine species will be studied with respect to the basic principles of wound healing, tissue response to trauma and the related physiologic responses. Regular seminars based on current literature reviews of selected topics will be required of candidates. Weekly case-based discussions will be used to bridge from the classroom to the clinical patient. Advanced Equine Surgery III will focus on orthopedic conditions of the horse.

Note: Students with credit for VLAC 853 cannot receive credit for this course.


VLAC 860.3 — 1/2(L-P)
Advanced Equine Reproduction

Consists of lectures, laboratories and seminars on equine reproduction. Candidates will attend lectures and present seminars on selected topics covering reproductive biology of the brood mare and stallion, reproductive diseases and management of brood mare farms. Laboratories include demonstrations of assisted reproductive procedures and practical techniques.

Prerequisite(s): VLAC 460 or equivalent and permission of the instructor.


VLAC 861.3 — 1/2(R-P)
Advanced Bovine Reproduction

Clinical aspects of male and female breeding soundness evaluation. Laboratory exercises in embryo transfer, and semenology.

Prerequisite(s): VLAC 460 or equivalent and permission of the instructor.


VLAC 873.3 — 1&2(1S-1R)
Advanced Bovine Medicine

The course will cover bovine population medicine focusing on diagnosis of selected conditions at the herd level, population intervention and prevention strategies, as well as food animal drug policy and aspects of public health. Certain conditions with complex epidemiology, or of particular economic importance, or with animal welfare implications will be discussed in more detail. Special emphasis will be given to present and discuss the content in reference to current literature.

Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate-level knowledge of bovine medicine is required. The course is designed to help residents prepare for large animal internal medicine and bovine practitioner’s board examinations.
Note: Students with credit for VLAC 872 or VLAC 875 will not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 874.6 — 1&2(1L-1S)
Advanced Equine Medicine

Lectures and seminars on equine medicine. Each candidate will prepare and present a critical review of the current literature on selected medical diseases of the horse. The emphasis will be on the common medical diseases of horses in North America plus those exotic diseases which pose a threat to the horse industry. Weekly seminars will be given by the candidates with emphasis on clinical case presentations.

Note: Students with credit for VLAC 875 may not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 875.3
Advanced Large Animal Internal Medicine

This is an advanced graduate seminar course for clinical residents and graduate students who need in-depth knowledge of large animal internal medicine. The course is designed to help reisdents prepare for large animal internal medicine and bovine/equine practitioners’ board examinations.

Note: Students with credit for VLAC 873 and 874 may not receive credit for this course.


VLAC 878.3 — 1/2(2L-1S-2P)
Spermatology

An advanced course in normal and abnormal spermatogenesis and spermatology with emphasis on the bovine species. It includes prenatal and postnatal development of the testis, pubertal changes, detailed study of the cycle of the seminiferous epithelium, semen collection, evaluation and cryopreservation.

Permission of instructor required.


VLAC 881.3 — 1/2(2L-1P)
Clinical Trial Design and Analysis

A course for veterinary graduate students who need an understanding of clinical trial design, statistics and clinical epidemiology in order to carry out their research and to evaluate themselves as clinicians. The course will cover areas of clinical trial design, applied medical statistics, diagnostic test evaluation and writing research grants.

Permission of instructor required.


VLAC 883.6 — 1&2(20C)
Clinical Practice Interns

Enhances student clinical education and experience under guidance of supervisor or senior clinician. Emphasizes clinical practice in student's field of specialization. Procedures in diagnostics, therapeutics and disease control are stressed. Involves student contribution to the veterinary teaching hospital routine practice and emergency work during normal hours and on the out-of-hours duty roster.

VLAC 891.4 — 1/2(2S-2C)
Advanced Clinical Practice 1

This course provides advanced clinical training for graduate students enrolled in year one of a LACS clinical residency and project-based MSc degree. The goal is to help students prepare for specialty boards, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and foster a culture of academic inquiry based on clinical experiences.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the project-based M.Sc. program in VLAC, or permission of the department Instructors.


VLAC 892.4 — (3S)
Advanced Clinical Practice 2

This course provides advanced clinical training for graduate students enrolled in year one of a LACS clinical residency and project-based MSc degree. The goal is to help students prepare for specialty boards, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and foster a culture of academic inquiry based on clinical experiences.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the project-based M.Sc. program in VLAC, or permission of the department Instructors.


VLAC 893.4 — (3S)
Advanced Clinical Practice 3

This course provides advanced clinical training for graduate students enrolled in year one of a LACS clinical residency and project-based MSc degree. The goal is to help students prepare for specialty boards, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, and foster a culture of academic inquiry based on clinical experiences.

Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in the project-based M.Sc. program in VLAC, or permission of the department Instructors.


VLAC 898.3 — 1&2(3R)
Special Topics

To be defined and described each time it is offered. A thorough study of a special topic pertinent to the specific goals of the candidate and their program.

VLAC 899.6 — 1&2(6R)
Special Topics

To be defined and described each time it is offered. A thorough study of a special topic pertinent to the specific goals of the candidate and their program.

VLAC 980.0
Clinical Practice

Serves to maintain full-time student status in the M. Vet. Sc program.

VLAC 990
Seminar

Discussion on research plans, protocols, and results by graduate students and faculty. Graduate students are required to attend and participate. Faculty and visiting scientists may also contribute to the course.

VLAC 992.0
Project

Students enrolled in the non-thesis Master's degree (M.Vet.Sc.) must register in this course when they begin their project.

VLAC 994
Research

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

VLAC 996
Research

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