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
Ph.D.4 years

The Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences has an active program of research from whole animal investigations to cellular and molecular research. Faculty interests include studies in cardiovascular physiology, stress physiology, gastrointestinal biochemistry, toxicology, pulmonary pathobiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, reproductive physiology, endocrinology and biotechnology.

Research interests cover basic, applied and clinical aspects. As well, the department's research program involves a diverse range of species including domestic and specialized livestock, laboratory animals, wild fowl, fish, zoo and other exotic animals.

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
Gregg AdamsReproductive physiology/endocrinology, Biomedical imaging
Barry BlakleyPesticide exposure, Cholinesterase inhibition in birds, Immunotoxicology, Diagnostic veterinary toxicology
Patricia DowlingPharmacokinetics, Drug Residues
Maud FerrariBehavioural and evolutionary ecology of predator-prey interactions, and adaptations to environmental stressors.
John GiesyAquatic and wildlife toxicology related to endocrine disrupters and ecological risk assessment.
Linda HiebertGAGs, Hemostasis, Endothelium
Ali HonaramoozReproductive biology
David JanzInteractions between physiological control and environmental alteration of developmental and reproductive processes in vertebrates.
Adelaine LeungMolecular Mechanisms of Neural Circuit Development
Matthew LoewenInvestigations of the mechanism and effects of calcium activated chloride channels as they modulate human and animal diseases.
Karen MachinCauses, mechanisms and consequences of stress in wildlife. Pain and Analgesia in non-mammalian species. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometry
Daniel MacPheeIntegrin-mediated signaling in placental development. Role of small stress proteins in uterine muscle function during pregnancy.
Gillian MuirBehavioural Neuroscience, Neural Plasticity
Baljit SinghCell and molecular biology of lung inflammation.
Jaswant SinghReproductive biology and early embryo development, Dominant follicle development and oocyte competence,
Suraj UnniappanComparative Endocrinology, Metabolism, Reproduction, Diabetes, Obesity
Lynn WeberCardiovascular Toxicology Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology, Nutrition, Metabolism, Cbesity, Fish, Pet Food
Mark WickstromEffects of natural toxins, pesticides, metals and oil field emissions on immune function and DNA integrity in terrestrial wildlife and livestock.

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. 

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.


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.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

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)
  • 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 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
  • 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 three 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 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 (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), 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.


Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Rm 1301
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4

Graduate Chair
Dr. Ali Honaramooz

Graduate Chair
Dr. Karen Machin

Graduate Programs Co-ordinator
Cindy Pollard