There are no application deadlines for this program. Students are accepted for the beginning of each Academic Term.
|Program||Expected Length||Project and/or thesis||Course based|
Researchers in WCVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences are exploring issues in the areas of epidemiology, food safety, animal ethology and welfare, theriogenology (cattle and horses), work in specialized livestock, and various projects in surgery and medicine. Research projects at the University of Saskatchewan benefit from our diverse range of facilities and programs in support of the health sciences such as:
- our Animal Care Unit has over 1800 sq. metres of rooms for a range of species, including a level 2 disease containment area
- the Goodale Research Farm is over 840 hectares of pasture and crop land and supports over 230 head of cattle and livestock
- the Veterinary Medicine Microscopy Unit houses a variety of microscopes to engage in advanced imaging techniques
We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.
|Spencer Barber||Orthopedics, equine surgery, wound management|
|Joe Bracomonte||Equine gastrointestinal surgery, equine laparoscopy, anastomotic healing|
|John Campbell||Epidemiology of bovine trichomoniasis, vitamin E and selenium status of cow-calf herds, factors affecting culling of breeding bulls|
|Claire Card||Computer-assisted ultrasound image analysis, low dose insemination, semen cryopreservation, fertility of frozen semen, breeding-induced inflammation|
|James Carmalt||Equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, equine dentistry|
|Christopher Clark||Cattle lameness, bovine infectious disease, clinical pharmacology|
|Tasha Epp||Zoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology|
|John Harding||Swine health, porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), fetal immunology, post-natal health of swine|
|Murray Jelinski||Demographics of veterinary profession, ecology and epidemiology of mycoplasma bovis|
|Katharina Lohmann||Inflammation, endotoxemia, host-pathogen interactions|
|Christopher Luby||Bovine mastitis, host-pathogen interations, novel mastitis control measures|
|Stephen Manning||Equine acupuncture, advanced reproductive techniques, subfertility/infertility in mares and stallions|
|Fernando Marques||Infectious diseases, sepsis and inflammation, immune response to infection and vaccine formulation ,epidemiology of equine gastric ulcer syndrome|
|Julia Montgomery||Equine immunology, equine nutrition|
|Colin Palmer||Semen collection, breeding soundness evaluation in the bull, postpartum metritis in the cow|
|Katherine Robinson||Shockwave therapy, equine metabolic syndrome, equine obesity|
|Yolande Seddon||Ethology and Welfare (Swine and Equine), Swine Husbandry|
|Fabienne Uehlinger||Epidemiology, food animal medicine, zoonotic protozoa, livestock management|
|Cheryl Waldner||Infectious disease and environmental epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, statistical and simulation modelling, Bayesian and spatial analysis|
|David Wilson||Implant biomechanics, developmental orthopedic disease and minimally invasive surgical techniques|
|Murray Woodbury||Basic and applied research into the determinants of disease and health in specialized livestock including bison, deer and elk|
Tuition and funding
The University of Saskatchewan faculty supervisor must have funding for the student’s proposed project. Either the student or the U of S faculty supervisor must have additional funding for the student’s stipend.
Thesis or project based program
Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.
|September 1 - December 31, 2017||$1313.00||$1969.50|
|January 1 - April 30, 2018||$1313.00||$1969.50|
|May 1 - August 31, 2018||$1313.00||$1969.50|
|Total per academic year||$3939.00||$5908.50|
Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.
- A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
- Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research
- Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
- A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
- Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Veterinary Science (MVetSc) or equivalent, from a recognized university
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study
- Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.
Non-veterinary graduates may be accepted into non-clinical Ph.D. programs.
With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.
- A four‐year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
- A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units of course work)
Find a supervisor
Using the faculty list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, email them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. Interested faculty will return the email if there are any openings for new students.
Submit an online application
Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:
- Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
- Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
- Graduate (D) Spring term start - May
During the application, you'll be asked for:
- Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
- The names and email addresses of your three referees
- Two of your referees must be persons under whom you've studied. The third may be either a person whom you have worked professionally under, or under whom you've studied
- Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended
The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.
At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.
If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.
Submitting required documents
Once you’ve completed an online application, you will need to upload the following documents:
Please note that in most cases, you will need to allow one business day after paying your application fee before you are permitted to upload documents.
Preliminary Statement of Marks
- Once you have submitted your application for admission and paid the application fee, you will be required to upload unofficial PDF copies of your academic transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended. This requirement will appear as Preliminary Statement of Marks or Additional Prelim. Statement under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
- The uploaded transcript can be an unofficial copy of the transcript issued by the university or college, and must include a grading key/legend.
- All pages of a transcript must be uploaded as a single PDF document.
- Uploaded transcripts will be considered unofficial or preliminary. Official copies of your transcripts will only be required once you have been offered admission. This requirement will appear as Post-secondary Transcript under admission requirements on your Application Summary when you check your application status.
If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to have your official post-secondary transcripts sent (by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution) to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.
College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room 116 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9
- Transcripts usually indicate the institution’s name, grading scheme (typically on back of transcript), your name, course names, numbers, credits, and the grades you have received. Depending on the country or institution, some features may not be available.
- Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
- If you are a current University of Saskatchewan student completing your undergraduate program then a letter of completion of degree requirements will be required from your college.
For students who are required to provide proof of English proficiency:
- It is your responsibility to have completed an official and approved test with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
- Tests are valid for 24 months after the testing date and must be valid at the beginning of the student's first term of registration in the graduate program.
- Applicants will be required to upload a PDF copy of any required language test score. Uploaded test scores will be considered unofficial or preliminary.
If you receive an Offer of Admission you may be required to have your official language test scores sent to the address below. Please do not send official documents until we request them.
College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Room C180, 105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5A2
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4
Graduate Program Coordinator