University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Pathology

Graduate Courses

VTPA 810.3 — 1/2(1L-2S)
Clinical Hematology

Presented biennially in lecture and seminar format and utilizing current literature. Assigned reading, and presentation of selected hematology topics are integral to this course. Case material may be used to emphasize pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VTPA 811.3 — 1/2(1L-2S)
Clinical Chemistry

Presented biennially in lecture and seminar format and utilizing current literature. Assigned reading and presentation of selected clinical chemistry topics are integral to this course. Methodology and quality assurance are important components of this course. Case material may be used to emphasize pathophysiologic mechanisms.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VTPA 820.3 — 1/2(2S-6C)
Mammalian Pathology I

Introduces students to the gross and microscopic postmortem examination of animals and tissues submitted for diagnosis. Pathogenesis and diagnostic procedures, including a variety of ancillary tests, are emphasized. A student will be required to complete a minimum number of cases, typically between 20 and 30, for 3 credit units. Selected cases are discussed at weekly conferences and students are expected to present seminars based on case material. Readings may be assigned.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 821.3 — 1/2(2S-6C)
Mammalian Pathology II

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 822.3 — 1/2(1/2S-8/10P)
Mammalian Pathology III

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 823.3 — 1/2(1/2S-8/10P)
Mammalian Pathology IV

Students will spend 4 months on the diagnostic service roster for 3 credit units. Students are expected to present seminars based on case material.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 820 to 823 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 830.3 — 1/2(1S-6C)
Surgical Pathology I

Surgical Pathology I is an introductory course in examination of biopsy material through participation in the bi-weekly surgical biopsy duty roster, rounds, study of standard reference material and an autotutorial set presenting common pathological conditions. The student will learn to trim biopsy specimens, to write a final report and to use ancillary tests such as special stains and immunohistochemistry. The requirements for this course are completion of a minimum of 50 cases and participation in bi-weekly rounds.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 831.3 — 1/2(1S-6C)
Surgical Pathology II

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 832.3 — 1/2(1/2S-2/3P)
Surgical Pathology III

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 833.3 — 1/2(1/2S-2/3P)
Surgical Pathology IV

Surgical Pathology II, III and IV are courses to acquire greater experience and knowledge through participation in the bi-weekly surgical pathology duty roster. The requirements for these courses are 4 months on the weekly duty roster, completion of a minimum of 100 cases and participation in bi-weekly rounds.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 830 to 833 as a series from I through IV.


VTPA 841.3 — 2(1L-1S-1P)
Toxicologic Pathology

Covers mechanisms of toxicology as well as basic pathology, focusing on several major organ systems. The students' understanding of how clinical, environmental or pharmacological toxicants damage specific organs will be supported through didactic instruction, case studies, directed readings and structured group discussion.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 342 & 343 or equivalent, or TOX 402 & PATH 205, or permission of the instructor.
Note: Offered biennially.


VTPA 850.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology I

Diagnostic medical interpretations in clinical biochemistry, hematology, urology and cytology. Interpretation of clinical material is supplemented with formal case discussions and directed reading.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: Students normally take VTPA 850 to 853 as a series from I through IV. Diagnostic duty is carried out with increasing independence as students complete each course.


VTPA 851.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology II

Diagnostic medical interpretations in clinical biochemistry, hematology, urology and cytology. Interpretation of clinical material is supplemented with formal case discussions and directed reading.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 850 or permission of the instructor.
Note: Students take VTPA 850 to 853 as a series from I through IV. Diagnostic duty is carried out with increasing independence as students complete each course.


VTPA 852.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology III

Diagnostic medical interpretations in clinical biochemistry, hematology, urology and cytology. Interpretation of clinical material is supplemented with formal case discussions and directed reading.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 851.
Note: Students take VTPA 850 to 853 as a series from I through IV. Diagnostic duty is carried out with increasing independence as students complete each course.


VTPA 853.3 — 1/2(2/3S-10/12P)
Diagnostic Clinical Pathology IV

Diagnostic medical interpretations in clinical biochemistry, hematology, urology and cytology. Interpretation of clinical material is supplemented with formal case discussions and directed reading.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 852.
Note: Students take VTPA 850 to 853 as a series from I through IV. Diagnostic duty is carried out with increasing independence as students complete each course.


VTPA 869.3 — 1/2(1L-2P)
Avian Pathology I

Reviews the pathology of the avian species by systems emphasizing histopathology. Lectures will be supplemented by slide study sets and selected reading material.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.
Note: May be offered biennally.


VTPA 871.3 — 1/2(4C)
Avian Necropsy I

Necropsy technique of birds submitted for diagnosis of flock diseases. Suitable laboratory procedures following necropsy examination are emphasized. Treatment and control of flock diseases encountered are discussed. Selected cases are presented and discussed by students at the weekly necropsy conferences of the department. To obtain 3 credit units the student will be required to complete approximately 30 cases.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VTPA 872.3 — 1/2(4C)
Avian Necropsy II

Necropsy technique of birds submitted for diagnosis of flock diseases. Suitable laboratory procedures following necropsy examination are emphasized. Treatment and control of flock diseases encountered are discussed. Selected cases are presented and discussed by students at the weekly necropsy conferences of the department. To obtain 3 credit units the student will be required to complete approximately 30 cases.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 445 and 869, or equivalent.


VTPA 873.3 — 1/2(2L-1S-1T)
Wildlife Diseases

Deals with the ecology of infectious and non-infectious diseases of free-living mammals and birds. The etiology, epizootiology, pathogenesis and ecologic significance of the conditions are considered. Emphasizes diseases occurring in Western Canada.

Prerequisite(s): VTPA 343 or permission of the instructor.


VTPA 875.3 — 1/2(1S-3C)
Diagnosis of Wildlife Diseases I

Introduces students to the necropsy and investigative techniques for the diagnosis of disease in wild mammals and birds. Under supervision, students will interpret and integrate gross and histological findings along with ancillary tests to provide diagnoses on a minimum of 25 cases. They are required to present one seminar on wildlife disease. The students will be given access to case material for self-study, in order to become familiar with common wildlife diseases.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VTPA 876.3 — 1/2(1S-3C)
Diagnosis of Wildlife Diseases II

Introduces students to the necropsy and investigative techniques for the diagnosis of disease in wild mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Under supervision, students will interpret and integrate gross and histological findings along with ancillary tests to provide diagnoses on a minimum of 35 cases. They are required to present one seminar on wildlife disease. The students will be given access to case material for self-study, in order to become familiar with common wildlife diseases.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.


VTPA 898.3 — 1/2(2C-R)
Special Problems in Veterinary Pathology

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary pathology will be undertaken. May include examination of pathological material, tutorial sessions, collateral reading and presentation of a seminar.


VTPA 899.6 — 1&2(2C-R)
Special Problems in Veterinary Pathology

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary pathology will be undertaken. May include examination of pathological material, tutorial sessions, collateral reading and presentation of a seminar.


VTPA 980.0
Clinical Practice

Recognizes the many clinical activities of students in the program that may not be otherwise credited. Students are required to make satisfactory progress in this course to maintain full-time student status in the program.


VTPA 990
Seminar

A weekly noon-hour seminar in which proposed and ongoing research, interesting cases in diagnostic veterinary pathology, wildlife disease, and topics of special interest will be presented. All graduate students are required to register and present a research seminar annually. Graduate students registered in diagnostic courses are also required to present brief case reports.


VTPA 991 — 1&2(1S-1R)
Seminar in Pathology

A weekly mystery case-based seminar in anatomic and clinical pathology. All graduate students enrolled in diagnostic courses are required to register and attend on a regular basis. All other members of the Department are encouraged to review the case materials, attend, and participate in the discussion.


VTPA 992.0
Project

Students undertaking the MVetSc must register in this course.


VTPA 994
Research

Students writing a MSc thesis must register for this course.


VTPA 996
Research

Students writing a PhD thesis must register for this course.


Dr. Trent Bollinger, Veterinary Pathology