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 two 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. Students must have a supervisor before applying to be successful.
|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|
|Dinesh Dadarwal||Food animal reproduction: uterine immunity and fertility, novel immuno-modulation therapies, estrus synchronization, oocyte maturation, ...|
|Matheus de Oliveira Costa|
|Tasha Epp||Zoonotic diseases, public health, epidemiology|
|Nathan Erickson||Beef cattle production health|
|John Harding||Swine health, porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), fetal immunology, post-natal health of swine|
|Murray Jelinski||Mycoplasma bovis, Toe Tip Necrosis Syndrome, feedlot lameness, demographics of the veterinary profession|
|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|
|Diego Moya Fernandez||Animal behaviour, physiology and metabolism to optimize the balance between animal welfare, health and productivity|
|Colin Palmer||Semen collection, breeding soundness evaluation in the bull, postpartum metritis in the cow|
|Katherine Robinson||Shockwave therapy, equine metabolic syndrome, equine obesity|
|Tiago Sanches Madeira Afonso|
|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|
Tuition and funding
The University of Saskatchewan faculty supervisor must have funding for the student’s proposed project. Either the student or the USask 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, 2020||$1,420.00 CAD||$2,243.60 CAD|
|January 1 - April 30, 2021||$1,420.00 CAD||$2,243.60 CAD|
|May 1 - August 31, 2021||$1,420.00 CAD||$2,243.60 CAD|
|Total per academic year||$4,260.00 CAD||$6,730.80 CAD|
In addition to tuition above, students also pay fees for programs like health and dental insurance, a bus pass, and other campus services. The amount you need to pay depends on if you are taking classes full time or part time, and if you are on campus or not. The table below assumes you are on campus full-time.
|Fall 2020||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Student fees||$699.04 CAD||$277.61 CAD||$27.50 CAD||$27.50 CAD|
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.
- DVM or equivalent from a recognized college or university
- Eligibility for restricted, educational SVMA licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Saskatchewan.
- Language Proficiency Requirements: Proof of English proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
- a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. 60 credit units)
- completion of an internship program at an accredited institution or a least one-year equivalent of experience in veterinary practice
- A Master's degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline
- a cumulative weighted average of at least a 70% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (i.e. coursework required in Master’s program)
- 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 PhD admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research.
- a cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (USask grade system equivalent) in the last two years of undergraduate study (i.e. 60 credit units of course work)
- a four‐year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
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
Before beginning your online application, be sure that you have carefully reviewed all program information and admission requirements on this page.
During the application, you'll be asked for:
- Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
- Contact information of your three referees
- For your letters of recommendation, two of your referees must be academic contacts, and the third may be academic or professional
- Your complete academic history from all previous post-secondary institutions
The application takes about 30 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later.
At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. 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.
Submit required documents
Once you've submitted your online application, you will have access to upload your required documents, and provide the contact information for your references. To do this, go to the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab in your application, and upload the documents outlined below.
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.
Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English.
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 116 Thorvaldson Building - 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CANADA S7N 5C9
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4
Graduate Chair - Thesis Programs
Dr. Murray Woodbury
Graduate Chair - Clinical Project Programs
Dr. James Carmalt
Graduate Program Coordinator