University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Courses

VBMS 821.3 — 1/2(4T)
Ultrastructural Cytology

A survey of cytoarchitecture drawing heavily on examples from mammalian species. Emphasis will be on interpretation of electron micrographs, but technical problems will also be considered. Students will be encouraged to present their own micrographs for discussion.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VBMS 824.6 — Q1(2L)2(3L-3P)3(4L-5P)4(3L-5P)
Advanced Mammalian Physiology

The physiological systems of mammals are studied with emphasis on domesticated species. Hematology, general physiology and biophysics, the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems are covered. Laboratory experiments and observations are conducted on normal animals, emphasizing an understanding of physiological measuring techniques.


VBMS 827.3 — 2(2L-4P)
Advanced Neurophysiology

An advanced lecture and laboratory course in neurophysiology with special emphasis on current methods of investigation utilized in this field.


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): VBMS 836 and PSY 110 or permission of the instructor.


VBMS 836.5 — 1(4.5L-1S)
General Toxicology I

General principles of toxicology - including principles of toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics, factors influencing toxicity, mechanisms of actions of poisons and antidotes, methods of toxicity evaluation. Toxicology of common poisons e.g. pesticides, metals and metalloids, toxic gases, poisonous plants, zootoxins, etc. Aims at the basic science aspect of toxicology and not at clinical diagnosis or treatment of specific toxicoses.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VBMS 837.5 — 2(4.5L-1S)
General Toxicology II

Four areas are emphasized: 1) systematic toxicology - types of injury produced in specific organs/systems by toxic agents and agents which produce these effects; 2) environmental toxicology - entry, persistence, amplification and effects of environmental pollutants; 3) subclinical toxicosis by environmental contaminants, carcinogenesis, teratogenesis, mutagenesis; 4) nutritional toxicology - methodology, national and international standards and consideration of natural and manmade toxic substances.

Prerequisite(s): VBMS 836 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.


VBMS 839.6 — 1&2(3P)
Research Techniques in Endocrinology and Reproduction II

An advanced course in research techniques in the field of endocrinology and reproduction. Students will spend time in six 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.


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 841.3 — 1/2(3L)
Drug Residues in Food Animals

An advanced course in applying pharmacokinetic principles to current problems in food animal drug and chemical residues. Students will learn computer analysis of depletion data, investigate the effects of clinical disease on drug disposition and evaluate species-specific residue problems.

Prerequisite(s): DVM or equivalent degree; permission of the instructor.
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 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 994
Research

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


VBMS 996
Research

Students writing a PhD thesis must register for this course.