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Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.
Our graduate program is preparing the next generation of international leaders in animal and public health. Students will expand on their understanding of core competencies in veterinary medical sciences. They will acquire specialized expertise 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.
Core courses: Students take courses in professional skills in health science research and biostatistical methods.
Seminar: Students will be required to give two seminars during their time in the program.
Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
Additional Courses: Topics may include biology of laboratory animals, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, parasitology and more.
Candidacy: Students will complete a research proposal and both oral and written candidacy exams.
Academia; government (regulatory--food safety; water safety); feedlot; zoos; centre for disease control; biotechnology; pharmaceuticals; vaccine development; diagnostic pathology.
A PhD in Veterinary Medical Sciences is usually considered a final degree for pursuing academic and non-academic careers in the above sectors.
Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.
Two years full time; six years maximum
A supervisor is required; potential supervisors must be listed when applying to the program
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.
A Master's degree from an accredited institution with course work appropriate for VMS graduate training from a recognized institution.
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.
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
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