Animal Biosciences (MSc)

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The MSc degree in the Department of Animal Biosciences focuses on animals of significance in food production, with four main areas of research:

  • Animal Breeding and Genetics (quantitative or molecular)
  • Animal Nutrition (monogastric or ruminant)
  • Animal Physiology (environmental and reproductive)
  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare

The program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles within the animal industry or prepare for doctoral studies. More details on this program are available through the department's website.

Potential Faculty Advisors

Two ways to complete your degree:

  • MSc by coursework and major paper. This option is a one-year program for advanced training in specialized aspects of the animal sciences.
  • MSc by thesis. This option is a two-year program designed for students interested in advanced research and potentially heading for an academic path.

How to Apply

Student Profiles

Get a glimpse of a typical day for these grad students in the Department of Animal Biosciences. More grad student profiles can be found here

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Patrick Birkl, PhD
Animal Welfare
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Rachael Coon
Animal Science
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Cara Cargo-Froom
Animal Nutrition

Meet the Profs

Say hello to the professors of the Department of Animal Biosciences in these 60 second snapshot videos. More faculty videos can be found here.

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Prof. Tina Widowski
Behaviour, Physiology, Welfare
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Prof. Elijah Kiarie
Animal Nutrition, Physiology
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Prof. Angela Canovas
Animal Genomics

Find Out More

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Contact Us

Jake Harwood
Graduate Program Assistant
519-824-4120, Ext. 56215