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 15th each year.
|Program||Expected Length||Project and/or thesis||Course based|
This experiential, clinical training program is for D.V.M. graduates who wish to take the first step towards specialty training. Completing this certificate program will position graduates well for the oftentimes competitive entry into clinical residency positions. During this program, students will develop skills, knowledge and clinical experience in one of the following specialties:
- Zoologic, Exotic and Wildlife Medicine
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Small Animal Internal Medicine
- Small Animal Surgery
Students will also be trained 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.
Over the course of one year, students will take 9 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.
|Adrien Aertsens||Companion Animals, Minimally invasive surgical procedures, Developing implant for Porto-Systemic Shunts, Brachycephalic Airway Obstructive Syndrome|
|Barbara Ambros||Total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA), pain management and anesthesia in exotic species.|
|Gurpreet Aulakh||Imaging science|
|Anthony Carr||Electrocardiography, blood pressure and platelet function|
|Kevin Cosford||Small animal internal medicine|
|Tanya Duke||Cardiopulmonary effects of laparoscopy and thorascopy, physiology as it relates to anesthesia, pain control and critical care|
|Jerome Gagnon||Veterinary oncology|
|Anne Leis||Integrative oncology , Cancer patients quality of life , Health services utilization & self-care , Community engagement, Chronic disease management|
|Marina Leis||Veterinary Ophthalmology|
|Kathleen Linn||Avian and canine orthopedic and soft tissue injuries|
|Jennifer Loewen||Resuscitative techniques, Fluid resuscitation, Acute kidney injuries, Sepsis|
|Valerie MacDonald Dickinson||Patient quality of life, human-animal bond, novel cancer therapy development, comparative oncology|
|Monique Mayer||Veterinary radiation oncology, medical physics, oncologic imaging|
|Tammy Owens||Small animal clinical nutrition|
|Dennilyn Parker||Avian, exotic and wildlife medicine including projects related to avian renal portal system, ferret diseases and the rabbit's gastrointestinal system|
|Lynne Sandmeyer||Veterinary ophthalmology, congenital stationary night blindness, equine recurrent uveitis|
|Cindy Shmon||Soft tissue surgery, lumbosacral stenosis, neurosurgery, urogenital surgery|
|Elisabeth Snead||Radioisotopes as an alternative treatment for infectious diseases in dogs and cats, feline obesity, intraosseous bone marrow|
|Gregory Starrak||Medical imaging|
|Kimberly Tryon||MRI 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.
|Cost per credit unit|
|Maintenance of Status course|
|Cost per 3 credit unit class|
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% (U of S 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.
Interested students can begin an application through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians residency matching program. We typically offer 8 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.
Note: Applications to some internships, such as Ophthalmology, are made directly to the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
52 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4
Graduate Program Co-coordinator