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Graduate Chair: Dr. Susantha Gomis

Graduate Coordinator: Sandy Mayes

Phone: (306) 966-7280

Department of Veterinary Pathology
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5B4

It has been a great pleasure to pursue a graduate program in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, where outstanding academic performance flourishes. This Department provides an excellent intellectual and research atmosphere with its invaluable faculty guidance and highly resourced laboratories. The knowledge and the experience that I gain from the Department will be a great asset to achieve my career goals.

Dr. Shanika Kurukulasuriya
Ph.D. Candidate, Veterinary Pathology

Veterinary Pathology

The Department of Veterinary Pathology offers programs of postgraduate study in anatomic and clinical pathology leading to the following degrees: Master of Veterinary Science (two year diagnostic training) which may be followed by the optional one-year Senior Residency; Master of Science (thesis); and PhD (thesis). Excellent facilities for research and for disciplinary training in diagnostic veterinary pathology are available. Current research interests include pathogenesis of infectious diseases, mucosal immunity, innate immunity and disease resistance, oncology, viral oncogenesis, hematologic disorders, wildlife diseases and skeletal diseases.

The Master of Veterinary Science Program (diagnostic-based) is available only to students with a DVM degree or equivalent. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs (research-based) may be available to qualified students with or without a DVM degree or equivalent.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Interested students should first initiate contact with the Department prior to making any application as there are additional requirements to meet prior to applying. Applicants should first provide an introduction which includes their background and career goals with regard to a graduate program in Veterinary Pathology.

For students whose first language is not English, a successful score is required on an official test of English (the TOEFL or equivalent). This Department requires that the minimum standard for English proficiency be met in all areas (reading, speaking, writing, listening, etc.) prior to beginning application for a graduate program.  The test must be current to within two years of your application.  Please click here for information on tests of English as approved by the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

December 1 for receipt of all application documents.  Application files must be complete by the deadline for inclusion in the competition.  The complete list of application documents is available by contacting the Department.  Applicants should plan to begin the application process several weeks before the deadline to allow enough time for completion.  Programs begin August 15.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

For Canadian applicants, landed immigrants or permanent residents of Canada who hold a DVM (or equivalent) degree and have passed the computer-based portion of the NAVLE, funding is available on a competitive basis from the Interprovincial Graduate Fellowship. Funding currently begins at $33,000 per year. If the applicant is accepted into a graduate program, the Department will then apply on behalf of the eligible student. This funding is not available to foreign students. 

Other university scholarships are available and are awarded based on academic standing. 

CAREER PATH

Veterinary Pathologists may be employed by diagnostic laboratories (including private or government owned laboratories, contract laboratories, zoos, and wildlife agencies), academic institutions, industry (pharmaceutical, biotechnological, chemical and agrochemical) or government agencies.

M.Vet.Sc. +

The Master of Veterinary Science program is oriented to learning by doing diagnostic work under supervision. The program is available only to students with a DVM degree or equivalent. Clinical course work in diagnostic pathology, either anatomic or clinical pathology, is the major component of study. Students majoring in anatomic or clinical pathology may take courses to obtain limited experience in clinical or anatomic pathology respectively. Students majoring in clinical pathology normally also obtain training in surgical pathology.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Please contact the department for further information on application and admission requirements

M.Sc. +

Students learn the processes of science at an introductory level by doing research that largely has been designed by someone else. Full independent research is not expected. Skills and knowledge to be acquired include laboratory techniques, gathering and analysis of data, writing and publication, use of the library, broad knowledge of the subject area with some specific in-depth knowledge. The M.Sc. student will not necessarily be an expert in the research area at the end of the program.

Students wishing to apply for the MSc graduate program in Veterinary Pathology must first have a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Pathology who has agreed to supervise their program. A curriculum vitae and statement of career goals must be forwarded to the Department Graduate Program Coordinator, or to the Department Graduate Chair. These are then circulated to Department faculty to determine if any faculty member has an interest in supervising the student. If a supervisor is identified, the student is then invited to submit an application. In the event that no supervisor is found, the Department is unable to accept any application.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent; exceptions may apply for M.Sc.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units).
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Please contact the department for further information on application and admission requirements

Ph.D. +

The degree of expertise and independence expected is much greater than in the MSc program. Independent research with guidance is the main component. Knowledge of the subject area should be both broad and deep. At completion, the PhD graduate student should be an expert in the dissertation topic.

Students wishing to apply for the PhD graduate program in Veterinary Pathology must first have a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Pathology who has agreed to supervise their program. A curriculum vitae and statement of career goals must be forwarded to the Department Graduate Program Coordinator, or to the Department Graduate Chair. These are then circulated to Department faculty to determine if any faculty member has an interest in supervising the student. If a supervisor is identified, the student is then invited to submit an application. In the event that no supervisor is found, the Department is unable to accept any application.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) or equivalent; exceptions may apply for PhD
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent)
  • International applicants must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Please contact the department for further information on application and admission requirements

Non-veterinary graduates may be accepted into non-clinical Ph.D. programs.