VIII. Graduate Programs
Graduate Diploma Program
The diploma program in clinical studies was introduced to provide appropriate postgraduate discipline training for veterinarians who wish to improve their expertise in a specific area. It entails a full-time three-semester program for candidates who are veterinarians with limited time for graduate study but who desire to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The program requires the completion of formal graduate courses and extensive participation in the care of animals admitted to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Clinical instruction is done using a service team concept, wherein a graduate diploma student interacts with DVSc students and faculty advisors. It is expected that graduates will return to private practice with enhanced clinical skills, or progress into MSc or internship programs.
This program provides the knowledge base so that foreign graduate students are able to, as appropriate, progress to the MSc or DVSc programs on an equal footing with North American graduate students who have completed a formal internship or equivalent clinical training.
Candidates are accepted based on adequate background preparation and availability of an advisor in the area of interest. Applicants should contact potential faculty advisors listed in the department website. This program is not intended to upgrade general knowledge to North American standards nor is this program intended to prepare foreign graduates for national board exams.
Admission to a postgraduate diploma program as a regular student may be granted, on recommendation of the department, to the holder of a recognized DVM degree (or equivalent) with at least `B-' standing during the final two years of study.
The student is assigned an advisor who is responsible for the planning and regular review of the program of the candidate. A thesis is not required. Both undergraduate and graduate courses may be taken and, when appropriate for the student, a review manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed scientific journal is prepared. For some students, a heavier course load is substituted for the manuscript requirement.