Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

About the Program

The MBS is a one-year coursework-based graduate program that may include a major research project. This research project is completed under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor. The MBS program is designed to provide students with graduate training over a shorter duration than the MSc program, and without the requirement of a full written thesis. Students entering the MBS program are often unsure of their desire to complete a thesis-based graduate degree or are upgrading their academic standing to increase their competitiveness for professional programs. For MBS students who gain or affirm an interest in academic research, there may be an opportunity to transfer directly into the MSc program at any point before their third semester, and earn a thesis-based MSc graduate degree.

Please note: In addition to the regular academic research-based MBS program, students may enroll within the specialized MBS program streams of Applied Reproductive Biotechnologies or Applied Toxicology. Information regarding these MBS program streams & admission requirements may be found by following the buttons on the right side of this page. 

Application Process

Faculty Advisors:

A Faculty Advisor is mandatory before you can be admitted into any of our programs. MBS students may have a Faculty Advisor from the departments of Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Studies, or Pathobiology within the Ontario Veterinary College (see list of faculty members linked below). It also is possible for MBS students to have a Faculty Advisor from a department outside of the Ontario Veterinary College, in which case they are required to have a Co-Advisor from within an OVC department.

List of faculty members within the Ontario Veterinary College


Note that an advisor must be secured before the application is submitted.

Domestic Students Application Deadlines:

Fall: June 1              Winter: September 1                Summer: February  1

International Student Application Deadlines: 

Fall: March 1            Winter: July 1                           Summer: November 1


Degree Requirements

  • The MBS program requires 4.00 credits of coursework, including completion of a research project or a practicum placement. The program is typically completed in three semesters of full-time study. Research projects are varied in topic and scope and tailored to each student’s area of interest, determined in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Practicum experiences also vary in topic and nature, expose students to real-world applications of their areas of study, and connect them with employers in government agencies, consulting firms, and research organizations.
  • Students must obtain at least an overall weighted average of 'B-' in prescribed courses. Prescribed courses comprise at least 4.0 credits. For all MBS students, a prescribed course is BIOM*6900 Research Project in Biomedical Sciences or an applied practicum through BIOM*6910 Practicum in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Prescribed courses are selected in consultation with the advisor. All students are required to present a poster seminar as a component of BIOM*6900 Research Project in Biomedical Sciences or BIOM*6910 Practicum in Biomedical Sciences.
  • The program is completed when all components of BIOM*6900 Research Project in Biomedical Sciences or BIOM*6910 Practicum in Biomedical Sciences have been approved and the written report is considered satisfactory by the student's Advisory Committee.
  • See the current brochure on the OGPS Biomedical Science page

Contact MBS

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Craig Bailey
Extension: 54954

Graduate Program Assistant: Heather Hamilton
Extension: 54780

To begin the application process or to review additional details, please visit the Graduate Studies website.


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Applied Reproductive Biotechnologies

About the Program

Reproductive Biotechnologies, the applied aspects of reproductive biology, has important economical, societal and medical implications. In human medicine, the application is mainly as a treatment for infertility with over 5 million children born as a result of this technology since the advent of in vitro fertilization in 1977. In livestock species over half a million embryos are transferred each year. Among these, a rapidly increasing proportion of embryos are produced in vitro. The production of embryos in the laboratory requires considerable manual dexterity, expertise and experience as well as theoretical knowledge and problem solving skills. There is a number of career opportunities associated with reproductive biotechnologies that range from andrologist, embryologist, sales, marketing and product development to regulatory affairs.


Provide exposure to various embryo production and related settings as well as hands- on laboratory experience. The programs will consist of laboratory training in bovine in vitro embryo production, courses with focused in reproductive biotechnologies and placement in human IVF clinics.

The program is tailored to students graduated from a bachelor degree with interest in Reproductive Biotechnologies and in working on the reproductive side of the health science field.

A background with some courses in embryology and/or reproductive biology is an asset, but it is NOT mandatory.

Program Components

  • 1 year in Masters of Biomedical Sciences program in Reproductive Biotechnologies with a mandatory start in the Fall semester
  • 4.0 Course Credits - for MBS requirements visit OGPS Biomedical Science page

  • BIOM*6110 Advanced Microscopy F [0.50]
  • BIOM*6130 Vertebrate Developmental Biology F [0.5] 

  • BIOM*6602 Special Topics in Reproductive Biology and Biotechnology F/W [0.5]

  • BIOM*4110 Mammalian Reproductive Biology W [0.5] – If not already taken during the Undergraduate program
  • BIOM*6900 Research Project in Biomedical Sciences S [1.0]

Visit the Course Calendar Search Course Outlines Page for additional information.

Note: optional courses are to be discussed with your assigned advisor once accepted into the program

  • In house IVF training using the bovine oocytes/embryos as models
  • Up to 1 week placement -this might be extended- in at least two different IVF clinics in the GTA
  • Visit to Semex
  • Observation of farm animals AI/ovum pick-up performed in the field

Applied Reproductive Biotechnologies Contact

Laura A. Favetta, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Sciences, Rm.3620

E-mail: | Phone: 519-824 4120 ext 56212

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Applied Toxicology

About the Program

Master of Biomedical Science (MBS) students may apply to complete their degrees with an applied toxicology focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to drug and chemical safety evaluation and regulation. These students simultaneously register in the MBS program and the collaborative specialization in Toxicology and will receive an MBS + TOX upon graduation.

Recent labour statistics indicate that career opportunities for graduates with training in applied toxicology are high as annual demand for toxicologists consistently outstrips supply. Graduates of the MBS+TOX program will be competitive for employment in:

  • chemical, drug, food and consumer product industries
  • toxicology consulting firms
  • federal and provincial government regulatory departments
  • contract research organizations and institutional research centers


Students in the MBS+TOX program will develop core competencies required for a career in applied toxicology including knowledge of the regulatory requirements for drug/chemical safety evaluation, toxicology risk assessment including practical elements of toxicity testing, study design evaluation, statistical analysis, data interpretation and report writing. Development of professional skills will also be emphasized including critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, as well as interpersonal skills including leadership and teamwork.

The MBS+TOX includes required and recommended core courses and optional electives as well practicum placements in government agencies, industries and consulting firms that emphasize application of concepts and skills to solve toxicology-related problems, develop toxicology-based submissions to regulatory agencies and assess toxicological risk.

The program is tailored to students who have graduated with a BSc degree in Toxicology or BSc with several advanced level courses in toxicology and an interest in applied toxicology and associated regulatory aspects.

Program Components

  • MBS+TOX students must be registered full-time and complete the 1-year program in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology with a specialization in Applied Toxicology
  • emphasizes experiential conceptual learning with practicum placements
  • mandatory start in the Fall semester
  • 4.0 Course Credits as per the MBS program

  • TOX*6000 Advanced Principles of Toxicology S [0.5]
  • TOX*6200 Advanced Topics in Toxicology W [0.5] (only if TOX*4200 not taken)
  • TOX*6910 Practicum in Biomedical Sciences S [1.0]

  • BIOM*6490 Introduction to Drug Development W [0.5] 

  • POPM*6230 Applied Clinical Research W [0.50]
  • BIOM*6400 Critical Thinking in Medical Research F [0.5] (only if BIOM*3210 not taken)

Note: only 2 senior undergraduate courses can be taken

  • BIOM*6800 Gene Expression in Health and Disease W [0.5]
  • ENVS*6882*03 Special Topics in Plant and Environmental Health: Introduction to Pesticide Toxicology and Policy [0.5]
  • ENVS*6882*02 Special Topics in Plant and Environmental Health: Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment [0.5]
  • POPM*6350 Safety of Foods of Animal Origins F [0.50]
  • POPM*6540 Concepts in Environmental Public Health W [0.50]
  • TOX*6590 Biochemical Toxicology F [0.5] (only if TOX*4590 not taken)
  • ENVS*4000 Toxicological Risk Assessment W [0.5]
  • HHNS*6400 Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals F [0.50]
  • NUTR*4510 Toxicology, Nutrition and Food F [0.50]
  • BIOM*4300 Biomedical Communications F [0.5]
  • TOX*4100 Toxicological Pathology W [0.5]
  • TOX*4000 Medical Toxicology F [0.5]
  • Other courses are possible with approval from Dr. Kirby

Applied Toxicology Contact

Gordon M. Kirby, DVM, MSc, PhD
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Rm.1646C
E-mail: / Phone: 519-824 4120 ext. 54948

Nuria Daviu, BA, M.Sc, PhD
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Rm.2608/ Biomed lab 2160
E-mail: / Phone: 519-824-4120 Ext. 54239

Note: Prior to applying to the MBS + TOX program, interested students should contact Dr. Kirby or Dr. Daviu to discuss their academic background and career interests in toxicology.

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Contact Us

Ontario Veterinary College(519) 824-4120

Department Chair - Tarek Saleh, x54700,

Assistant to the Chair & Faculty - Kim Best, x54918,

BIOM Major Advising - Kim Best, x54918,

Graduate Program Assistant - Heather Hamilton, x54780,

Operations Manager - Holly Illman, x54911,