Program

Most clinical residency programs must be applied to by December. The non-clinical M.Sc. has no specific deadline as students are accepted for the beginning of each Academic Term. 

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.Vet.Sc.3 years
M.Sc.Clinical - 4 years, Non-clinical - 2 years
Ph.D.min. 4 years

Small Animal Clinical Sciences has an active research program involving small animal species and wildlife species. Faculty interests include retinal disease in dogs, magnetic resonance imaging, exercise induced collapse in Labrador Retrievers, immune mediated disease, orthopedic surgery, pain control, soft tissue surgery and nutrition.

M.Vet.Sci and clinical M.Sc. programs are only available in conjunction with a clinical residency program. Candidates must be appointed to one of our residency programs before applying to do graduate studies in this department. Residency programs offered vary from year to year but may include small animal internal medicine, small animal surgery, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, dentistry, medical imaging, oncology, and exotic, wildlife and zoological medicine.

A number of these residency programs are filled through the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). Go to the VIRMP web site for details on residency positions available through the VIRMP and application instructions. View the department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences' website to view the list of current non-VIRMP student opportunities.

Our department also offers a non-clinical M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. These thesis based programs do not require a residency placement. You will still need to find a faculty member who is willing to supervise your research.

Faculty

All students wishing to apply for the graduate programs must have a faculty member in the department that has agreed to supervise their program.

Name Research areas
Barbara AmbrosTotal intravenous anesthesia (TIVA), pain management and anesthesia in exotic species.
Bianca BauerOphthalmology
Anthony CarrElectrocardiography, blood pressure and platelet function
Tanya DukeCardiopulmonary effects of laparoscopy and thorascopy, physiology as it relates to anesthesia, pain control and critical care
Matthew Gaunt
Bruce GrahnSurgical therapy of glaucoma, retinopathies and ocular pathology
Kathleen LinnAvian and canine orthopedic and soft tissue injuries
Valerie MacDonald DickinsonPatient quality of life, human-animal bond, novel cancer therapy development, comparative oncology
Monique MayerVeterinary radiation oncology, medical physics, oncologic imaging
Dennilyn ParkerAvian, exotic and wildlife medicine including projects related to avian renal portal system, ferret diseases and the rabbit's gastrointestinal system
Sherisse SakalsMinimally invasive surgery, ovariectomy
Lynne SandmeyerVeterinary ophthalmology, congenital stationary night blindness, equine recurrent uveitis
Suresh Sathya
Cindy ShmonSoft tissue surgery, lumbosacral stenosis, neurosurgery, urogenital surgery
Elisabeth SneadRadioisotopes as an alternative treatment for infectious diseases in dogs and cats, feline obesity, intraosseous bone marrow
Susan TaylorMedical, neuromuscular and neurological problems affecting canine athletes, atypical epilepsy, paroxysmal dyskinesia in dogs
Kimberly TryonMRI technology, degenerative myelopathy in the German Shepherd dog

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 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)
  • International applicants or applicants whose first language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, 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)
  • International applicants or applicants whose first language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • 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)
  • International applicants or applicants whose first language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college
  • Master of Science (MSc) 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.
  • International applicants or applicants whose first language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

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 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80%  (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • International applicants or applicants whose first language is not English must meet the English proficiency requirements set forth by the college

Application process

Apply for a residency program or find a supervisor

M.Vet.Sci and clinical M.Sc. programs are only available in conjunction with a clinical residency program. Candidates must be appointed to one of our residency programs before applying to do graduate studies in this department. A number of these residencies are filled through the Veterinary Internship/Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). You may also contact the graduate program coordinator directly if you are interested in this program.

If you are applying to the non-clinical, thesis based M.Sc., you will need to find a faculty member who is willing to supervise your research. Using the 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, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Submit an online application

If applying for the M.Vet.Sci. or a clinical M.Sc. program, you must first have been accepted to a residency program (see above).

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

Graduate Chair
Lynne Sandmeyer
Email: lynne.sandmeyer@usask.ca

Graduate Program Co-coordinator
Carol Wilson
Email: carol.wilson@usask.ca