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VMS Course Requirements

VMS Mandatory Courses

VETM601: Professional Skills in Health Science Research

Current Schedule: Fall 2016 | Fridays: 2pm-5pm | BAC65

Description: This course consists of a series of workshops focusing on skills essential for success in health science research including: research integrity, grant writing, verbal and written communication of research discoveries, and career development and options. This course is open for credit to graduate students, as well as to postdoctoral fellows and new faculty - with permission of course coordinator. This course runs weekly from September to December. COURSE NOT INCLUDED IN GPA.

VETM 605: Introduction to Biostatistical Methods

Current Schedule: Fall 2016| Tuesday & Thursday 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm - Lecture- HSC 1405A| Friday: 10:00 am to 11:00 am - Tutorial

Description: An introductory course on how to analyze and design research related to biological sciences. Emphasis is placed upon formulating good research questions, evaluating the appropriateness of different statistical methods for analyzing results, and performing and interpreting such statistical analyses. Statistical analyses will be carried out using modern statistical software.

The course runs weekly from September to December. COURSE IS GRADED.

Students must also take:

MSc - one additional half credit course (an optional VETM course listed below, or a course offered by another graduate program)

PhD - two additional half credit courses (optional VETM course(s) listed below, or courses offered by other graduate programs)

All selected courses must be appropriate to the student's field of study and approved by their supervisory committee. For more information and a complete listing of courses from all graduate programs, please visit the Graduate Calendar on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Please direct all questions regarding VETM courses to

VMS Graduate Program Seminar

MSc Students - presentation of one seminar prior to the scheduling the thesis defense (this is in addition to the public talk prior to the defense examination)

PhD Students - presentation of one seminar scheduled prior to oral candidacy exam, and the presentation of a second seminar prior to scheduling the thesis defense (this is in addition to the public talk prior to the defense examination).

Definition of a seminar in VMS:

For the VMS program, the program requirement of a “seminar” is defined as a “public seminar” with the following specifications:

(1) The exact specification of a time, place, and audience can vary,

(2) the seminar should be presented at the UofC, and

(3) the seminar should be on the student’s thesis work. 

(4) To help ensure that all UCVM faculty are aware of the seminar, and as evidence that the program requirement is completed, the seminar will be advertised in the UCVM Weekly Update. 

(5) Although the exact audience may vary, e.g., entire Faculty, Department, Research Group, Institute, etc., presentations at lab meetings or journal clubs would be insufficient.

(6) While the duration of the seminar may vary, it is expected to last 30+ minutes, with the opportunity for audience questions thereafter. 

NOTE: To schedule the public seminar, the Supervisor will contact the Graduate Program Administrator no less than two weeks in advance of the seminar to arrange advertising to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.   The purpose of the public seminar is two-fold: (a) give the student formal public speaking experience to aid them in preparing for their oral field-of-study examination, and (b) inform the university community of the research activities in Veterinary Medical Sciences. (Approved by Faculty Council 5 Jun 2015)

VMS Optional Courses

VETM690: Directed Study

Lectures, seminars, term papers and/or other train­ing directed to one or only a few students in theo­retical and/or laboratory methods at the advanced level in veterinary medical sciences. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Faculty. May be repeated for credit

Note: To enroll please contact Approval is required from the VMS Program Director.

VETM701: Advanced Topics in Reproductive Health (Fall term)

A series of topics, ranging from basic sciences to clinical topics (including ethical issues) to increase awareness and comprehension regarding current issues in reproductive health. This course runs two times weekly from September to December in alternating years (next offering is September 2016). Prerequisite(s): Research interest in reproductive health/reproductive biology. Consent of course coordinator and student’s supervisor, if applicable.

VETM702: Advanced Topics in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (Fall term)

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of stem cell biology in the context of embryonic development and adult tissue maintenance. Students will gain an appreciation for embryonic versus adult stem cells and how these pluripotent or multi potent cells may be utilized in regenerative medicine (i.e. treatment of congenital defects, diseases or injury). Prerequisite(s): Students not enrolled in the VMS graduate program will require consent of the instructor.

VETM721: Wildlife Parasitology: Principles and Techniques

Students will learn about the ecology of parasites in wildlife populations with emphasis on impacts of parasitism, invasive species, and conservation issues. This is taught through a series of seminars, critical evaluation and discussion of the literature, and independent and group projects. Laboratory sessions include on parasitology techniques for surveillance and research. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Note: This course may not be offered every year. Please consult the instructor for information.


Environment, Health, Safety and Animal Handling

Environment, Health, Safety and Animal Handling

Students in the VMS Graduate Program are required to have applicable environment, health, safety, ethics and animal handling certifications as governed by the University Research Ethics Board before they begin their research projects. 


Ethics and Compliance

Please contact the Animal Training Coordinator regarding training availability.

Health and Safety

Required Environment, Health and Safety Courses

Laboratory Safety

Laboratory Safety

Hands-on Laboratory Basics Workshops


Biosafety Program

Animal Handling

Animal Handling Certification

Student may contact the Animal Training Coordinator regarding training availability