University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Pathology

Undergraduate Courses



VTPA 346.3 — 30L-22P over Q3&4

Veterinary Clinical Pathology

A case-based course designed to attain proficiency in the interpretation of laboratory findings and integration of these with historical and physical findings in order to diagnose disease. The format includes self-study, interactive lectures and case discussions, and applied laboratory techniques.

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


VTPA 352.3 — 32L-32P over Q1&2
Veterinary General Pathology

Basic pathogenic mechanisms that underlie disease processes are discussed. Functional derangements are correlated with structural alterations. The following topics are considered: cell and tissue injury, disturbances of circulation and hemostasis, inflammation, healing and repair, immunopathology, disturbances of growth and neoplasia.

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



VTPA 353.5 — 53L-41P over Q2,3&4

Veterinary Systemic Pathology

The principles discussed in general pathology will be utilized in the consideration of specific diseases which affect the body systems of domestic animals. Principles of pathogenesis and diagnosis will be stressed.

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



VTPA 412.3 — (3L-2P)

Diseases of Poultry

Designed to provide information on the causes, signs and control of common poultry diseases for students with little or limited background in the anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pathology of the avian species. Emphasizes the effect of disease as a limiting factor in efficient poultry production and the control of disease on a modern poultry farm. Given in alternate years.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources.



VTPA 431.2 — 12L-6S-6P over Q4

Poultry Disease Management

Common diseases of poultry, and food safety are discussed. Diagnosis, pathology, and disease control are emphasized.

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


VTPA 434.1 — 12L over Q3
Wildlife Health and Disease

Introduction to wildlife health and disease with an emphasis on major wildlife disease issues in Canada and internationally, and their impacts on wildlife conservation, public health and agriculture. The format will be a mix of lectures, in-class activities and student reports.

Restriction(s): Enrolment in Year 3 of the WCVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program or permission of the instructor.


Dr. Elemir Simko, 2009 SCVMA Professor of the Year Award recipient.