This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2020 to April 2021.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2020-2021, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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VTMC 230.2: Veterinary Immunology

An introduction to the basic aspects of humoral and cell-mediated immunity, the role of immunological reactions in infectious disease pathogenesis, hypersensitivity, and autoimmune disease. Students will study the principles of immunity to bacteria, viruses and parasites and the fundamentals of vaccination. Students will also be familiarized with diagnostic techniques for assessing the immune system and for diagnosis of immune mediated disease.

Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 238.2: Disease Ecology and Epidemiology

Introduces the basic features of disease, including causation, transmission and effects at the individual animal and population level. Emphasis will be placed on disease as an ecological factor and on basic approaches for describing and quantifying disease in populations.

Restriction(s): Admitted to Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 334.2: Veterinary Virology

An introduction to the comparative biology of viral infections, taught from the perspective of virus families and associated diseases. This includes the general principles of virus replication, spread, pathogenesis and control.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 336.2: Veterinary Parasitology

The course covers helminth, anthropod and protozoan parasites, including zoonoses, of domestic animals, with emphasis on those important in western Canada. The course includes aspects of life cycles, pathogenesis, diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment and prevention. Text and images for the course are available at www.wcvmlearnaboutparasites.usask.ca (password protected), and multiple choice quizzes through U of S Blackboard.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 347.3: Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology

Provides basic knowledge of the common bacterial and fungal diseases of animals, with emphasis on those present in North America. Coverage of specific diseases/organisms include: distribution, epidemiology, mechanisms of pathogenesis, immunity, diagnosis, and prevention. Laboratory sessions emphasize the proper selection, collection and transportation of bacteriologic and fungal specimens. Basic processing of clinical/pathological specimens and identification of bacteria and fungal organisms commonly present in those specimens is offered.

Restriction(s): Successful completion of Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


VTMC 830.3: Critically Evaluating and Communicating Microbiology

This course will engage students in the process of critically evaluating and communicating scientific design, conduct, and research outputs in selected areas of microbiology; including bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, and virology. Coursework will develop the student’s ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts in microbiology, experimental design, and research outputs through a variety of means to diverse target audiences.

Weekly hours: 1 Seminar/Discussion hours and 2 Tutorial hours


VTMC 831.3: Techniques in Molecular Biology

A "hands-on" laboratory course designed to familiarize students with a wide variety of techniques in molecular biology: manipulation of DNA for cloning and analysis, detection and quantitation of nucleic acids, sequencing of DNA, site directed mutagenesis, purification and detection of proteins, detection of rare nucleic acids by polymerase chain reaction, monitoring gene expression by cDNA microarrays and 2D-protein analysis, nucleic acid-based techniques for identifying organisms.

Weekly hours: 5 Lecture hours and 30 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): Graduate or upper undergraduate level course on molecular biology; permission of instructor.
Note: 4 week course beginning in May.


VTMC 833.3: Advanced Virology

Students, in discussion groups and seminars, explore current topics in virology. Some areas discussed in previous years are: interferon response and viral strategies for evading it, viral oncogenesis, viruses and cancer therapy, antiviral agents and viral strategies for resistance, viruses as tools for nanotechnology. Reviews prepared by students will be considered for publication in Student Reviews in Current Virology, an on-line publication.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Tutorial hours


VTMC 840.3: Molecular Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine

An introduction to molecular diagnostic methods including the concepts underlying nucleic acid sequencing, manipulation, detection, quantification and genomics and bioinformatics. Concepts will be illustrated by drawing on specific applications of these techniques in veterinary medicine with an emphasis on infectious disease diagnosis and research.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): An undergraduate degree in health or biological sciences and permission of the instructor.


VTMC 842.3: Cellular and Molecular Techniques in Immunology

This course is a hands-on course in immunology designed to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge in immunology. The course is a 4 week all day course, it provides a review of the immune system, and it functions as well as routine immunological assays. The course is being taught in a classroom setting as well as in the lab where students will learn to perform the assays and analyze and troubleshoot their data.

Weekly hours: 5 Lecture hours and 35 Practicum/Lab hours
Note: Please note this is a 4-week course. Students with credit for VTMC 841.6 will not receive credit for this course.


VTMC 898.3: Special Topics

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary microbiology will be undertaken for which no formal course exists and specific to the candidate and their goals. To be defined and described each time it is offered.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 1 Seminar/Discussion hours and 6 Practicum/Lab hours


VTMC 899.6: Special Topics

A thorough study on a selected topic in veterinary microbiology will be undertaken for which no formal course exists and specific to the candidate and their goals. To be defined and described each time it is offered.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 1 Seminar/Discussion hours and 6 Practicum/Lab hours


VTMC 990.N/A: Seminar

Graduate students are required to attend and take part in the seminar throughout their program. Faculty and visiting scientists may also contribute to the course.


VTMC 994.0: Research

Students writing a M.Sc. thesis must register for this course.


VTMC 996.N/A: Research

Students writing a Ph.D. thesis must register for this course.