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Western College of Veterinary Medicine

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Graduate Chair: Janet Hill

Graduate Secretary: Linda Nemeth

Phone: (306) 966-7210

Department of Veterinary Microbiology
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
52 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN   S7N 5B4

Veterinary Microbiology

The Department of Veterinary Microbiology has students with diverse interests including bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology and virology, and their research questions address these areas at levels ranging from the molecular to the population. We are united by our desire to explore microorganisms and their relationships with us and other animals.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Standard Graduate Studies Application plus proof of language proficiency if required. Students are not required to take the GraduateRecord Examination (GRE) or other entrance examinations.

We strongly advise prospective students to contact individual departmental faculty members, to inquire if they are willing to supervise the student, before applying for admission. Information about the research interests of departmental faculty can be obtained from our website or the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases (VIDO) web sites.

Only applicants who are supported by scholarships or through their supervisor's research grant will be accepted as graduate students in the program. The level of financial support must be at least enough to meet the estimated cost of attending the University (see above). 

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

All students must have financial support - at least $15,000/year for M.Sc. students and $18,000/year for Ph.D. students. Most students are supported partially by their supervisor's research grants and partially by scholarships awarded through the Department. To obtain a scholarship a student must have an academic average of over 80% in the last two academic years before applying for admission to the Department. To retain a scholarship a student must maintain an 80% average and demonstrate satisfactory progress in their research project. Scholarships are awarded for 2 years from the time of initial registration for M.Sc. students and four years for Ph.D. students. Students are encouraged to apply for other sources of support.

M.Sc. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A four-year B.Sc. degree, 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

Ph.D. +

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Non-Direct Entry:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) or equivalent
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work).
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.
  • Evidence of English proficiency.

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.

Direct Entry:

  • A doctor of veterinary medicine, a 4-year honours bachelor of science degree, or equivalent.

  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work).

  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research.

  • Evidence of English proficiency.