Most applications will be completed through VIRMP, the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program. Students should consult that site for admission deadlines.

This internship program begins July 1st each year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
Certificate1 year

This experiential, clinical training program provides graduates of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) programs a supervised training opportunity in order to better prepare for either general practice or continued specialty education. Over the course of the one year program, students will rotate between the following clinical areas:

  • Internal medicine
  • Surgery
  • Emergency
  • Anaesthesia
  • Diagnostic imaging

Under the guidance of senior clinicians, students will be exposed to a wide variety of technical skills, clinical situations, and varied caseloads. Students will also receive training in communications and public speaking through seminars. The broad range of knowledge gained through this certificate will prepare students for clinical residency and graduate degree training programs for further board certification in a specialty.

Program structure

Over the course of one year, students will take nine credits of courses and associated non-credit training:


You do not need to identify a research supervisor for this program. You may however, be interested in the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Barbara AmbrosTotal intravenous anesthesia (TIVA), pain management and anesthesia in exotic species.
Koji Aoki
Gurpreet AulakhImaging science
Shannon Beazley
Anthony CarrElectrocardiography, blood pressure and platelet function
Kevin CosfordSmall animal internal medicine
Isabelle Desprez
Yu Gu
Marina LeisVeterinary Ophthalmology
Kathleen LinnAvian and canine orthopedic and soft tissue injuries
Jennifer LoewenResuscitative techniques, Fluid resuscitation, Acute kidney injuries, Sepsis
Candace Lowe
Valerie MacDonald DickinsonPatient quality of life, human-animal bond, novel cancer therapy development, comparative oncology
Arata Matsuyama
Monique MayerVeterinary radiation oncology, medical physics, oncologic imaging
Tammy OwensSmall animal clinical nutrition
Dennilyn ParkerAvian, exotic and wildlife medicine including projects related to avian renal portal system, ferret diseases and the rabbit's gastrointestinal system
Lynne SandmeyerVeterinary ophthalmology, congenital stationary night blindness, equine recurrent uveitis
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
Sally Sukut
Behzad Toosi
Kimberly TryonMRI technology, degenerative myelopathy in the German Shepherd dog

Tuition and funding


The College of Western Veterinary Medicine will provide salary support for qualified students. Further, a fellowship is available from the College to cover a portion of tuition costs for both Canadian and international students.


Canadian students International students
Cost per graduate credit unit$265.80 CAD $598.05 CAD
Maintenance of Status course$797.40 CAD $1,794.15 CAD
Cost per 3 credit unit graduate class$797.40 CAD $1,794.15 CAD

Admission requirements

Graduate Certificate (G.Cert.)

Applicants must be accepted for an internship to be eligible for admission to the certificate program.

  • A Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), or equivalent, from a recognized college or university
  • 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)
  • 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

Application process

Interested students can begin an application through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians residency matching program. We typically offer eight internship opportunities each year.

Once you have been successfully matched to this program, you will be asked to being a formal application to the University of Saskatchewan. Further details will be provided at that time.

Please contact the department below if you have any questions at all about this program or how to apply.


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

Graduate Chair
Lynne Sandmeyer

Graduate Program Co-ordinator
Charla Penner