IX. Graduate Programs


DVSc Program

The Department of Pathobiology participates in the DVSc program which provides advanced training in a specialty discipline of veterinary medicine, combined with course work and a thesis-based research project. Specialty training is offered in the areas of veterinary anatomic pathology, veterinary clinical pathology, veterinary clinical microbiology, laboratory animal science, wildlife and zoo animal medicine and pathology, avian and exotic medicine and pathology, and fish pathology. The research project addresses an applied aspect of an important disease problem in vertebrates. The program provides practical training for candidates preparing for specialty board certification in veterinary anatomic pathology, veterinary clinical pathology, laboratory animal science or veterinary clinical microbiology. Refer to the Degree Regulations in the Graduate calendar for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants require a DVM (or equivalent) degree with high academic standing from a program that provides eligibility for the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario. Alternatively, applicants with a DVM (or equivalent) degree can be admitted after completion of an acceptable graduate diploma, MSc, or PhD degree with an upper 'B' average. Admission requires the identification of a faculty advisor and a source of personal support for the student. If these have not been arranged by the applicant, a statement of the applicant's interests and objectives and supportive letters of reference are required to assist with the identification of an appropriate faculty advisor and potential sources of funds for research and student stipend. Several stipends for DVSc candidates are available intermittently for training in some disciplines. As these funds become available, stipends are awarded to the most qualified applicant(s) based on completed applications for admission to the DVSc program. Applications may be submitted at any time. Initial enrolment can be in the Fall, Winter or Summer semesters.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of nine semesters of full-time study; the completion of at least 2.5 credits in courses prescribed by the student's advisory committee including completion of the department's graduate seminar course, with an overall average of at least 'B-', and satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination, thesis and final oral examination.

See also the Degree Regulations in the Graduate Calendar.

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