Veterinary Medicine

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Our graduate program is preparing the next generation of international leaders in animal and public health. Students will establish a firm grasp of core competencies in veterinary medical sciences. They will acquire specialized knowledge through the course of their thesis projects, deepening their skills as they embark on careers as highly-trained academics and professionals.

The graduate mission of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is to be a world leader in the training of animal health researchers and postgraduate veterinarians, creating experts who will advance animal and public health, as well as the veterinary profession.

Completing this program

  • Core Courses: Students take courses in professional skills in health science research and biostatistical methods.

  • Seminar: Students will be required to give one public seminar.

  • Additional Courses: Topics may include biology of laboratory animals, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, parasitology and more.

  • Thesis: Students will complete a thesis based off of their own research.


Academia; government (regulatory--food safety; water safety); feedlot; zoos; centre for disease control; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; vaccine development; diagnostic pathology.

A master’s degree in veterinary medicine will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required, and must agree to oversee the student's research before admission will be granted

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Michael A Colicos

    Michael A. Colicos

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  2. Faizal Abdul-Careem

    Faizal Abdul-Careem

    Accepting Inquiries
    Avian viral immunology
  3. Psychiatry

    Jean Addington

    Accepting Inquiries
    Risk for Serious Mental Illness
  4. Michael Adorjan

    Michael Adorjan

    Accepting Inquiries
    youth and cyber risk, fear of crime, perceptions of police, social construction of youth crime, social construction of social problems
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    James Agarwal

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    Marketing; Consumer Psychology, Marketing Ethics; Global Marketing; Marketing Research, Statistical Methodology
  6. Roberto Aguilera

    Roberto Aguilera

    Tight Oil and Unconventional Gas, Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
  7. Shelley Alexander

    Shelley Alexander

    Accepting Inquiries
    Human-Animal Relationships, Conservation and Geospatial Science
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    Usman Alim

    Accepting Inquiries
    Visualization and Computer Graphics
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    Ozouf Sénamin Amedegnato

    Accepting Inquiries
    Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics, Linguistics-Literature Interface, Émile Benveniste
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    Todd Anderson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Atherosclerosis, lipids, endothelial function

Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A minimum of a baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent, or a BVSc, DVM or MD degree) with course work appropriate for VMS graduate training from a recognized institution.

Work samples



Curriculum Vitae, and a Letter of Understanding signed by the prospective student and supervisor with a statement outlining the supervisor’s commitment to the training of the student, as well as their commitment to fund the student in accordance with the minimum VMS guidelines.

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1

Canadians and permanent residents: Jun. 1 application deadline

International: Jun. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1

Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 1 application deadline

International: Nov. 1 application deadline

For admission on May 1

Canadians and permanent residents: Mar. 1 application deadline

International: Mar. 1 application deadline

For admission on July 1

Canadians and permanent residents: May 1 application deadline

International: Jul. 1 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Veterinary Medicine graduate program

Veterinary Medicine Graduate Programs (Foothills Campus)
TRW 2D08, 3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 4Z6

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

TRW 2D01
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 4Z6

Visit the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine website


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