IX. Graduate Programs


Graduate Diploma Program

The diploma program is offered in four fields: 1) comparative pathology; 2) immunology; 3) veterinary infectious diseases; and 4) veterinary pathology. The objective is to provide advanced practical training in a field of veterinary pathology to veterinarians working in industry, government or in private practice. The program emphasizes practical and course-based applied training in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, avian medicine and pathology, laboratory animal science,or wildlife and zoo animal pathology. The Diploma program does not normally result in eligibility for specialty certification.

Admission Requirements

Applicants require a DVM (or equivalent) degree with acceptable academic standing. Admission requires the prior identification of a faculty advisor and a source of personal support for the student.

Diploma Requirements

The Graduate Diploma requires three semesters of full time study and completion of 1.5 credits of prescribed courses, including 0.5 credits in an applied course and no more than 0.5 credits in a Special Topics course. The remaining credits may be in the defined area of study, as prescribed by the faculty advisor. Diploma students must satisfactorily pass a final oral comprehensive examination on knowledge in their field of study. It will be conducted by faculty members in the Department of Pathobiology. There is no thesis, but students are required to write a paper that the advisor considers ready for submission to a peer reviewed scientific journal.

See also the Graduate Diploma Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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