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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VTMC GR

VTMC 230.2 — 26L over Q4
Veterinary Immunology

An introduction to the basic aspects of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, the role of immunological reactions in infectious disease pathogenesis, hypersensitivity, and autoimmune disease. Students will study the principles of immunity to bacteria, viruses and parasites and the fundamentals of vaccination. Students will also be familiarized with diagnostic techniques for assessing the immune system and for diagnosis of immune mediated disease.

Formerly: VTMC 330.2
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 238.2 — 26L over Q3&4
Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

Introduces the basic features of disease, including causation, transmission and effects at the individual animal and population level. Emphasis will be placed on disease as an ecological factor and on basic approaches for describing and quantifying disease in populations.

Formerly: VTMC 236.3
Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 334.2 — 24L over Q2
Veterinary Virology

An introduction to the comparative biology of viral infections, taught from the perspective of virus families and associated diseases. This includes the general principles of virus replication, spread, pathogenesis and control.

Formerly: VTMC 333.2
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 336.2 — 20L-18P over Q1&Q2
Veterinary Parasitology

The course covers helminth, anthropod and protozoan parasites, including zoonoses, of domestic animals, with emphasis on those important in western Canada. The course includes aspects of life cycles, pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment and prevention. Text and images for the course are available at www.wcvmlearnaboutparasites.usask.ca (password protected), and multiple choice quizzes through U of S Blackboard.

Formerly: VTMC 338.3
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 347.3 — 40L-33P over Q1&Q2
Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology

Provides basic knowledge of the common bacterial and fungal diseases of animals, with emphasis on those present in North America. Coverage of specific diseases/organisms include: distribution, epidemiology, mechanisms of pathogenesis, immunity, diagnosis, and prevention. Laboratory sessions emphasize the proper selection, collection and transportation of bacteriologic and fungal specimens. Basic processing of clinical/pathological specimens and identification of bacteria and fungal organisms commonly present in those specimens is offered.

Formerly: VTMC 337.3
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 441.1 — 6L-6S over Q3
Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases

A course designed to familiarize students with the reasons new diseases emerge in human and animal populations, the molecular, microbiological, and epidemiological tools used to investigate such outbreaks, and strategies to combat them. The course will include didactic lectures as well as seminars on selected emerging disease outbreaks.

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


VTMC 830.3 — 2(1S-2T)
Recent Advances in Microbiology

A requisite for students in Veterinary Microbiology. Partly tutorial, consisting of assigned reviews of recent advances in selected areas of microbiology, including bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology and virology. These discussions are student-driven and facilitated by individual faculty members with expertise in the areas of discussion. Training is also given in the writing of grant applications, such that a major part of the course comprises each student writing a full-scale, mock Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) application that addresses their proposed dissertation research.

VTMC 831.3 — SP(5L-30P)
Techniques in Molecular Biology

A "hands-on" laboratory course designed to familiarize students with a wide variety of techniques in molecular biology: manipulation of DNA for cloning and analysis, detection and quantitation of nucleic acids, sequencing of DNA, site directed mutagenesis, purification and detection of proteins, detection of rare nucleic acids by polymerase chain reaction, monitoring gene expression by cDNA microarrays and 2D-protein analysis, nucleic acid-based techniques for identifying organisms.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate or upper undergraduate level course on molecular biology; permission of instructor.
Note: 5 week course beginning in May.


VTMC 833.3 — 1/2(2S-1T)
Advanced Virology

Students, in discussion groups and seminars, explore current topics in virology. Some areas discussed in previous years are: interferon response and viral strategies for evading it, viral oncogenesis, viruses and cancer therapy, antiviral agents and viral strategies for resistance, viruses as tools for nanotechnology. Reviews prepared by students will be considered for publication in Student Reviews in Current Virology, an on-line publication.

VTMC 835.3 — 2(3L-1.5P)
Diagnostic Veterinary Bacteriology

Devoted to the culture, biochemical reactions and identification of pathogenic, aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and fungi from domestic, exotic and "alternate species" including birds. Emphasis will be on interpretation of findings in agreement with information gathered from clinical history/lesion(s) provided in different cases. Other responsibilities include familiarization with culture media; some new diagnostic techniques; completion by each student of 20-30 cases.

VTMC 840.3
Molecular Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine

An introduction to molecular diagnostic methods including the concepts underlying nucleic acid sequencing, manipulation, detection, quantification and genomics and bioinformatics. Concepts will be illustrated by drawing on specific applications of these techniques in veterinary medicine with an emphasis on infectious disease diagnosis and research.

Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate degree in health or biological sciences and permission of the instructor.


VTMC 842.3 — SP(5L-35P)
Cellular and Molecular Techniques in Immunology

This course is a hands-on course in immunology designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge in immunology. The course is a 4 week all day course, it provides a review of the immune system, and it functions as well as routine immunological assays. The course is being taught in a classroom setting as well as in the lab where students will learn to perform the assays and analyze and troubleshoot their data.

Note: Please note this is a 4-week course. Students with credit for VTMC 841.6 will not receive credit for this course.


VTMC 898.3 — 1/2(2L-1S-6P)
Special Topics

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary microbiology will be undertaken for which no formal course exists and specific to the candidate and their goals. To be defined and described each time it is offered.

VTMC 899.6 — 1&2(2L-1S-6P)
Special Topics

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary microbiology will be undertaken for which no formal course exists and specific to the candidate and their goals. To be defined and described each time it is offered.

VTMC 990
Seminar

Graduate students are required to attend and take part in the seminar throughout their program. Faculty and visiting scientists may also contribute to the course.

VTMC 994.0
Research

Students writing a M.Sc. thesis must register for this course.

VTMC 996
Research

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