University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

WCVM Graduate Programs

Application Procedures: Veterinary Pathology

Applicants interested in a graduate program in Veterinary Pathology should first initiate contact with the Department by emailing the Graduate Chair or the Graduate Program Co-ordinator as there are additional requirements to meet before applying. 

Applicants should first provide an introduction that includes their background and career goals with regard to a graduate program in Veterinary Pathology. Indicate the program that you are interested in (MVetSc, MSc, PhD) and your area of interest (anatomic, clinical, avian, wildlife, etc.) and clearly identify your career goals.

Application Deadline 

The deadline is October 1 for receipt of all application documents. Application files must be complete by the deadline for inclusion in the competition.  The complete list of application documents is available by contacting the Department Graduate Program Coordinator.

Applicants should plan to begin the application process several weeks before the deadline to allow enough time for completion. Programs begin August 15.

Dr. Elemir Simko
Graduate Chair
Department of Veterinary Pathology


Graduate Program Co-ordinators
Department of Veterinary Pathology
Email: Contact Us

The Department of Veterinary Pathology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, offers graduate programs in diagnostic training — the MVetSc, and research training — the MSc and PhD. The normal application deadline for all programs is October 1, with programs beginning August 15; however, there is some flexibility with respect to application and start times for the research degrees.

The Master of Veterinary Science (MVetSc) degree program includes only a minor research component compared to the MSc and PhD and, for this reason, a supervisor does not have to be identified prior to acceptance into the MVetSc program. The Master of Veterinary Science degree is a two-year diagnostic project-based (non-thesis) program. The MVetSc is open only to applicants who hold a DVM (or equivalent) degree.

Many students who complete the two-year MVetSc program will elect to undertake a third year: the Senior Residency, which is intended as preparation to write the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) board certifying examination. 

For the Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees (thesis — research) a supervisor must be identified before students are invited to apply. Students interested in the research track normally establish contact with the graduate chair of the Department, or occasionally, directly with another faculty member — particularly if there is a research area of mutual interest.  A curriculum vitae and statement of goals should be provided, and these are normally circulated to Department faculty to determine if there is a “match” with respect to student and researcher.

If a faculty supervisor is not identified, then the process stops at this stage. If a supervisor is identified, then the researcher and potential graduate student correspond directly to discuss research project, courses, funding and start time. At this point, the student is invited to submit a complete application.

For students whose first language is not English, a successful score is required on an official test of English (the TOEFL or equivalent). This Department requires that the minimum standard for English proficiency be met in all areas (reading, speaking, writing, listening, etc.) prior to beginning application for a graduate program. The test must be current to within two years of your application.

Acceptance to a program occurs after approval by both the Department and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Personal financial support for the student must be secured before final acceptance can occur. 

Students should keep in mind that the application process can take many months. Applications are reviewed by the Department after the December 1 deadline, and students would be notified of the result prior to March 1.

An itemized list of documents required for a complete application may be requested by contacting VetPath Grad Studies, Department of Veterinary Pathology.

Please note that official, original documents are required for transcripts, test scores such as the TOEFL, NAVLE, proof of financial support, etc. These must be sent directly from the institution/agency to the Department — we can not accept those sent by the applicant. 


The Department of Veterinary Pathology does not have funding for non-Canadian veterinarians. Foreign students must secure personal support and provide official documentation from the financial institution or funding agency that the funding is adequate (at least $18,000 Canadian for each year of the program) and designated for their use.

For Canadian applicants, landed immigrants or permanent residents of Canada who hold a DVM (or equivalent) degree and have passed the computer-based portion of the NAVLE, funding is available on a competitive basis from the Interprovincial Graduate Fellowship. Funding currently begins at $33,000 per year. Following Departmental recommendation for acceptance into a graduate program, the Department will then apply on behalf of the eligible student. 

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Dr. Ernest Olfert, adjunct professor, Veterinary Pathology.