Program

Applications are due by December 1st each year. The program begins on August 15th. Applicants should plan to begin the application process several weeks before the deadline.

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

The Department of Veterinary Pathology offers programs of postgraduate study in anatomic and clinical pathology leading to the following degrees: Master of Veterinary Science (two year diagnostic training) which may be followed by the optional one-year Senior Residency; Master of Science (thesis); and PhD (thesis). Excellent facilities for research and for disciplinary training in diagnostic veterinary pathology are available. Current research interests include pathogenesis of infectious diseases, mucosal immunity, innate immunity and disease resistance, oncology, viral oncogenesis, hematologic disorders, wildlife diseases and skeletal diseases.

The Master of Veterinary Science Program (diagnostic-based) is available only to students with a DVM degree or equivalent. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs (research-based) may be available to qualified students with or without a DVM degree or equivalent.

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
Ahmad Al-DissiAnatomic Pathology, Toxicopathology, Gene and Protein Expression in Cancer Cells
Andrew AllenAnatomic Pathology, Pathology of the Skeletal System
Trent BollingerAnatomic Pathology, Wildlife Diseases, Prion Diseases
Susan DetmerAnatomic Pathology, Swine Virology, Molecular Epidemiology
Susantha GomisAnatomic Pathology, Diseases of Poultry
Marion JacksonClinical Pathology, Molecular Oncology, Feline Retroviral Diseases
Beverly KidneyClinical Pathology, Viral Oncogenesis, Molecular Oncology
Elemir SimkoAnatomic Pathology, Innate Immunity and Resistance to Infectious Diseases, Honey Bee Diseases
Bruce WobeserAnatomic Pathology, Oncology

Tuition and funding

Funding

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. If the applicant is accepted into a graduate program, the Department will then apply on behalf of the eligible student. This funding is not available to foreign students. 

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)
  • 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 (D.V.M.) or equivalent is preferred for the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Veterinary Pathology, but not required.

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) 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’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • 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

A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) or equivalent is preferred for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Veterinary Pathology, but not required.

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, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) 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 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. 

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.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

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.

Contact

Department of Veterinary Pathology
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4

Graduate Chair
Dr. Elemir Simko
Email: elemir.simko@usask.ca

Graduate Programs Co-ordinator
Angela Turner
Email: vetpath.gradstudies@usask.ca