Program

There are no application deadlines for this program. Students are accepted for the beginning of each Academic Term. 

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Sc.2 years
M.Vet.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

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

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Spencer BarberOrthopedics, equine surgery, wound management
Joe BracomonteEquine gastrointestinal surgery, equine laparoscopy, anastomotic healing
John CampbellEpidemiology of bovine trichomoniasis, vitamin E and selenium status of cow-calf herds, factors affecting culling of breeding bulls
Claire CardComputer-assisted ultrasound image analysis, low dose insemination, semen cryopreservation, fertility of frozen semen, breeding-induced inflammation
James CarmaltEquine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, equine dentistry
Christopher ClarkCattle lameness, bovine infectious disease, clinical pharmacology
Tasha EppZoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology
John HardingSwine health, porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), fetal immunology, post-natal health of swine
Murray JelinskiDemographics of veterinary profession, ecology and epidemiology of mycoplasma bovis
Katharina LohmannInflammation, endotoxemia, host-pathogen interactions
Christopher LubyBovine mastitis, host-pathogen interations, novel mastitis control measures
Stephen ManningEquine acupuncture, advanced reproductive techniques, subfertility/infertility in mares and stallions
Fernando MarquesInfectious diseases, sepsis and inflammation, immune response to infection and vaccine formulation ,epidemiology of equine gastric ulcer syndrome
Julia MontgomeryEquine immunology, equine nutrition
Colin PalmerSemen collection, breeding soundness evaluation in the bull, postpartum metritis in the cow
Katherine RobinsonEquine field service
Joseph StookeyMaternal and social behaviour of cattle, swine and sheep, factors that influence handling and temperament in beef cattle
Fabienne UehlingerEpidemiology, food animal medicine, zoonotic protozoa, livestock management
Cheryl WaldnerBVDV, neospora, zoonotic E. coli, antimicrobial resistance, cryptosporidia in cow-calf herds, environmental epidemiology
David WilsonImplant biomechanics, developmental orthopedic disease and minimally invasive surgical techniques
Murray WoodburyBasic and applied research into the determinants of disease and health in specialized livestock including bison, deer and elk

Tuition and funding

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. 

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

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.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2015 $1268.00 $1902.00
January 1 - April 30, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
May 1 - August 31, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
Total per academic year $3804.00 $5706.00

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.

Admission requirements

  • 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
  • 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)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • 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.
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

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)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

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 referees
  • 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 be 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 have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses, even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

Contact

Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4

Graduate Chair
John Harding
Email: john.harding@usask.ca

Graduate Program Coordinator
Jackie Gabriel
Email: jackie.gabriel@usask.ca