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The University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) was established in 2005 to meet Alberta’s need for highly-skilled veterinary graduates supporting rural Alberta, production animal and equine industries, animal and human health research, and public health.  

UCVM is dedicated to meeting the animal and public health needs of Alberta through its education, research and outreach programs.

UCVM offers the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, supervision leading to graduate degrees (MSc, PhD) in Veterinary Medical Sciences, and advanced clinical training programs (internships, fellowships, and residencies). UCVM is also committed to professional development programs for the veterinary community. 

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is comprised of four departments:

Department of Production Animal Health

This department will support those areas related to the health management of production animals, including population and individual animal veterinary medicine of production animals. Disciplines that might be represented in the department include, but are not limited to: epidemiology, population health, internal medicine, production animal herd health, surgery, pathology, immunology, microbiology, virology, parasitology, physiology, theriogenology, anatomy, clinical pharmacology.

Mission: "Advance the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and enhance the wellness of production animals through education, research and outreach".

Department Head

Dr. John Kastelic
DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT

Email: j.kastelic@ucalgary.ca

Contact information

Ophira Charikar
Administrative Assistant
403-210-6420 | ocharika@ucalgary.ca

Department of Ecosystem and Public Health

Department of Ecosystem and Public Health

This department will support those areas that address the interface of human health, animal health, and the environment. Zoonotic diseases and food safety will be important components of the department. Disciplines that might be represented in the department include, but are not limited to: ecosystem health, public health, epidemiology, toxicology, pathology, population health, wildlife disease, infectious diseases, conservation medicine, microbiology, virology, parasitology, animal health policy and service.

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Department Head

Dr. Susan Cork
BVSc (Massey), BPhil(vet), PhD, PG Diploma Public Policy (Victoria), CBiol. MSB, MRCVS
+1 (403) 210-6522
Email: sccork@ucalgary.ca

Contact information:

Karen Green
Administrative Assistant to the Dept. Head
+1 (403) 210-6085
karen.green2@ucalgary.ca

Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine

This department will support the investigative medicine area, including comparative biomedical research, clinical experimental medicine (equine, companion animal, laboratory animals), and laboratory and exotic animal medicine. Disciplines that might be represented include, but are not limited to: physiology, clinical pharmacology, medicine and surgery, laboratory animal medicine, immunology, microbiology, virology, anatomy, pathology, clinical pathology, molecular and cellular biology.

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Department Head

Patrick Whelan
Acting Dept Head
Professor, Physiology (Neuroscience)
Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine (CBEM)

Email: whelan@ucalgary.ca

Contact information

Stephanie Hawes, 
Assistant to the Department Head
403-210-7024
shawes@ucalgary.ca

Department of Veterinary Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

This department will be support those areas related to equine and companion animal health and general diagnostic sciences. Disciplines that might be represented include, but are not limited to: equine medicine and surgery, companion animal medicine and surgery and associated disciplines, clinical pharmacology, general pathology and clinical pathology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, clinical toxicology.

Department Head

Dr. Michel Levy
DVM

Email: mlevy@ucalgary.ca

Contact information

Marie Willier
Administrative Assistant
403-210-6298
mwillier@ucalgary.ca

Our educational model has at its core preparation for rural community practice and its four areas of emphasis:  production animal health, equine health, ecosystem and public health, and investigative medicine.  The integrated core-elective program provides a veterinary sciences education that prepares students for all career pathways. 

The clinical and professional educational programs are delivered in collaboration with Alberta’s veterinary community.  The Distributed Veterinary Learning Community (DVLC) is a partnership comprised of private practices, government and non-governmental organizations, and animal health and industry organizations. The fourth year practicum program takes place predominantly in the DVLC.

UCVM has research programs across the range of veterinary and comparative biomedical sciences. Areas of strength include cattle health, disease ecology, infectious diseases, pain and animal welfare, equine health, reproduction and regenerative medicine, and veterinary education.

In 2016, UCVM has approximately 70 faculty members, 120 DVM students, 12 advanced clinical trainees, and 100 graduate students.

UCVM is committed to strengthening the connections between human and animal medicine, a concept known as One Health.