Graduate students at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine are linked to one of the College's five departments; each department is responsible for the development and teaching of the graduate programs.
The College of Graduate Studies and Research (CGSR) is responsible for setting University-wide standards and is in charge of their administration. CGSR admits students, monitors their progress (along with the home college) and authorizes all graduate degrees.
For some of the departments' graduate programs, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree or previous veterinary experience is not required. Please review the current list of graduate studies opportunities and visit each department's graduate programs section for more detailed information.
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to MVetSc, MSc and PhD degrees. Disciplines include animal behavior, epidemiology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, reproduction and obstetrics, and surgery.
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to MSc or MVetSc degrees only in conjunction with a clinical residency program. Residency programs offered at the WCVM vary from year to year, but they may include small animal internal medicine, small animal surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, dentistry, medical imaging as well as avian, exotics and zoological medicine.
Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences offers graduate programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees. Discipline areas include animal biochemistry, developmental anatomy, gross and applied anatomy, microscopic anatomy and ultrastructure, pharmacology, physiology and toxicology.
Department of Veterinary Microbiology offers graduate programs leading to MVetSc, MSc and PhD degrees. Research areas include bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology and virology.
Department of Veterinary Pathology offers graduate programs leading to several degrees. The MVetSc degree provides a broad base of diagnostic training in clinical or anatomic pathology over two years. The Department of Veterinary Pathology also offers a one-year senior residency to students who have completed a MVetSc or an equivalent program. The MSc and PhD degree programs involve research that investigates some aspect of pathogenesis in the broad field of pathology. Topics include diagnostic pathology, pathogenesis of infectious disease in poultry and mammals, mucosal immunity, innate immunity and disease resistance, viral oncogenesis, hematologic disorders, wildlife diseases, and toxicopathology.