Chair -Wayne McDonell (2640 OVC, Ext. 4419)
Graduate Secretary - John Tartt (2653 OVC, Ext. 4402)
B. Anne Croy - Professor, Biomedical Sciences
Mark M. Hurtig - Associate Professor, Clinical Studies
John F. Prescott - Professor, Pathobiology
Peter W. Physick-Sheard - Associate Professor, Population Medicine
The Interdepartmental Group in Veterinary Science consists of members of the graduate faculty in the Ontario Veterinary College who are involved in the doctor of veterinary science (DVSc) program. Specific functions of the group are discharged by the Interdepartmental DVSc Program Committee, which is involved with the admission, progress, and certification for graduation of students enrolled in the DVSc program.
The DVSc is a unique post-professional degree. The DVSc program provides advanced discipline training and research at the doctoral level. It involves course and investigational work on an applied problem, together with advanced discipline training. Students enrolled in the program select one of the sixteen specializations (listed below) and register in the appropriate department. The departments and specializations are:
- Biomedical Sciences
Anatomy, pharmacology, physiology, and toxicology
- Clinical Studies
Surgery, medicine, anesthesiology, and radiology
Clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, laboratory-animal science, clinical microbiology, and immunology
- Population Medicine
Clinical epidemiology, health management, and theriogenology
The normal basis for admission to DVSc studies is a DVM or equivalent degree that would allow the applicant to be eligible for licence to practice veterinary medicine in Ontario. The applicant must have achieved high academic standing according to the standards of the University of Guelph.
Students who meet the aforementioned requirements and possess either an acceptable graduate diploma, MSc degree, or PhD degree with 'B+' average standing may be admitted and granted credit for two semesters in the DVSc program.
A student enrolled in the graduate diploma program who achieves a superior record and shows a particular aptitude for applied studies may be authorized by the Board of Graduate Studies, on recommendation of the Interdepartmental DVSc Program Committee, to transfer to the DVSc program without completing the graduate diploma program. This authorization must be granted no later than the end of the second semester of study. The transfer will be effective the following semester.
A minimum of 2.5 course credits is required. A qualifying examination must be taken prior to the end of the sixth semester to assess the student's knowledge of the selected area of specialization and the basic sciences supporting this area. Candidates are required to develop investigational skills in their distinctive area of specialization by carrying out an original study, generally related to animal health. The research must make a significant contribution to the area of specialization, be written up as a thesis, and defended.
At least nine semesters of full-time study must be devoted to the DVSc program. Additional information on the DVSc program may be found in the calendar description of each participating department.