University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Microbiology

Graduate Courses

VTMC 830.3
Recent Advances in Microbiology
Course Administrator: Dr. Volker Gerdts
Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization • Tel: 306-966-1513 or 306-966-1526

Course Administrator: Dr. Andrew Potter
Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization • Tel: 306-966-7484

A requisite for students in Veterinary Microbiology. Partly tutorial, but also consisting of assigned reviews of recent advances in selected areas of microbiology including bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology and virology. Discussions are student-driven and facilitated by individual faculty members with expertise in the areas of discussion. Training is also given in the interpretation of published scientific reports and in the writing of grant applications. A major part of the course comprises each student writing a full-scale, mock CIHR application addressing their proposed dissertation research.

For more details, please download additional information about the course's objectives and structure (PDF 62 KB).


VTMC 831.3
Techniques in Molecular Biology
Course Adminstrator: Dr. Vikram Misra
WCVM 1251 • Tel: 306-966-7218

Course Administrator: Dr. Janet Hill
WCVM 1254 • Tel: 306-966-7242

Course Adminitrator: Noreen Rapin
WCVM 1259 • Tel: 306-966-7228

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 of nucleic acids and proteins, site directed mutagenesis, purification of recombinant proteins by immunological techniques, detection of rare nucleic acids by polymerase chain reaction, analysis of gene expression by qRT-PCR, functional analysis of proteins and mutants.  *Offered every two years*

For more details, please download additional information about the course (PDF 46.5 KB) or contact Linda Nemeth, Graduate Programs Co-ordinator.


VTMC 833.3
Advanced Virology
Course Administrator: Dr. Vikram Misra
WCVM 1251 • Tel: 306-966-7218
Instructors: Dr. Vikram Misra and Joyce Wilson

To review the literature on emerging topics in virology and to use this information as a basis for designing strategies to answer pressing questions in viral biology. The course will be “student driven” with two 1.5 hour scheduled tutorials every week (January to April).

Please download additional information about the course (PDF 57 KB).


VTMC 835.3
Diagnostic Veterinary Bacteriology
Course Administrator: Dr. Manuel Chirino-Trejo
WCVM 2665 • Tel: 306-966-7219

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 agreemetn with information gathered from clinical history/lesion(s) provided in different cases. Other responsibilities include familiarization with culture media; some new diagnositc techniques; completion by each student of 20 to 30 cases.


VTMC 840.3
Molecular Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine
Course Administrator: Dr. Janet Hill
WCVM 1254 • Tel: 306-966-7242

Course Administrator: Timothy J. Dumonceaux
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada • Tel: 306-956-7653

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.

Visit the U of S course calendar for more details.


VTMC 841.6
Research Methods in Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Course Administrator: Dr. Volker Gerdts
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization • Tel: 306-966-1513

This is an intensive, "hands-on" course designed to teach graduate students basic and advanced cellular and molecular methods commonly employed in studying the host’s immunoinflammatory system: cell purification and characterization, antibody production, purification and characterization, ELISA, ELISPOT, bioassays, MACS, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization and Northern blotting. *Offered every two years*

Please download additional information about the course (PDF 63 KB).


VTMC 860.3
Seminars in Immunology
Course Administrator: Dr. Volker Gerdts
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization • Tel: 306-966-1513

Current research in immunology and related areas will be presented and discussed by students and faculty, alternating weekly. Each term, each credit student will present a seminar on a recent publication from the literature and submit a term paper critically analyzing and comparing the presented data with other published information on the subject.


VTMC 898.3
Special Topics — Biology of Inflammation
Course Administrator: Various faculty members


VTMC 899.6
Special Topics
Course Administrator: Various faculty members

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
Course Administrator: Dr. Marko Kryworuchko
Department of Veterinary Microbiology  • Tel: 306-966-7433


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. Visit the Department of Veterinary Microbiology's Seminar Series for more information.


VTMC 994
Research
Course Administrator: Various faculty members

Students writing a MSc thesis must register for this course.


VTMC 996
Research
Course Administrator: Various faculty members

Students writing a PhD thesis must register for this course.