University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Microbiology

Undergraduate Courses


VTMC 230.2 — 27L over Q3&4
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-8P over Q1
Veterinary Virology

A case-based approach to veterinary virology. Cases from WCVM files and the published literature, supplemented by lectures on basic virology, are used to illustrate general principles of virus infection, replication, spread and control.

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


VTMC 336.2 — 20L-19P over Q1&2
Veterinary Parasitology

The course covers helminth, arthropod 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 340.3 — 40L over Q3&4
Veterinary Public Health

Intended to demonstrate the role the veterinary profession plays in public health protection in Canada. The practicing veterinarians and veterinarians who work as public health professionals play a role in serving public health in aspects such as disease surveillance, risk analysis, biosecurity, foreign animal disease containment, food safety, and international public health. The course will also emphasize how public health is protected in Canada through aspects such as food and water safety, animal feeds, antimicrobial resistance, and waste disposal. By using examples of zoonotic and emerging diseases, the course will attempt to illustrate the various points of contact and interventions for diseases shared by animals and people.

Formerly: Part of VTMC 236.3
Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 347.3 — 32L-44P over Q1&2
Microbiology of Pathogenic Microorganisms

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 431.2 — 16L-4P over Q4
Molecular Diagnostics Methods and Applications 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.

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


VTMC 441.1 — 6L-6S over Q4
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.


Evan Crawford, WCVM Class of 2011