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University of Saskatchewan

Organization: University of Saskatchewan
Date Posted: 5/16/2018
City: Saskatoon
Location: Saskatchewan
Country: Canada
Primary Category: Training
Type of Position: Full- Or Part-Time

Description & Details

Program Goals:

The goal of the MVetSc program in clinical pathology is to graduate competent, broadly trained diagnosticians. Students also conduct a research project, write a scientific paper, and participate in small group undergraduate teaching. The program provides the resources and opportunity for in-depth investigation of selected clinical cases. The Senior Residency is available to students who have completed the MVetSc or equivalent. This 1-year program provides intensive experience in diagnostic clinical and surgical pathology, experience with informal undergraduate and graduate teaching, and opportunity for independent study. The Senior Residency completes the requirements for eligibility to write the ACVP board examination and provides a sound base for success in this pursuit.

Program Strengths:

The Department of Veterinary Pathology works closely with Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc. such that abundant case material and expertise are available in the areas of diagnostic hematology, clinical chemistry, cytopathology, surgical pathology, dermatopathology, mammalian/avian/wildlife pathology, immunohistochemistry and other molecular diagnostic techniques.

Training Activities:

The MVetSc program comprises formal coursework, research, attending and presenting seminars, mystery slide sessions, journal club, diagnostic duty, teaching, and independent study. The senior residency comprises seminar attendance and presentations, journal club participation, undergraduate and graduate teaching, diagnostic duty, and independent study.

Additional Training Areas:

Students choose elective courses in many areas, including mammalian pathology, toxicopathology, avian pathology, wildlife pathology, techniques in molecular biology, advanced internal medicine, bacteriology, and epidemiology.


For the MVetSc, 30 course credits are required and include a core of diagnostic clinical pathology, clinical hematology, clinical chemistry, and surgical pathology. Elective courses comprise the balance of the required credits, along with a research project.

Clinical Pathology Faculty:

  • Hilary Burgess, BSc, DVM, DVSc, Dipl ACVP, Clinical Associate
  • Ryan Dickinson, BA, DVM, Dipl ACVP, Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc., Adjunct Professor
  • Marion Jackson, DVM, MVetSc, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Professor
  • Moira Kerr, BSA, DVM, MVetSc, Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc., Adjunct Professor
  • Beverly Kidney, DVM, MVetSc, PhD, Dipl ACVP, Professor
  • Melissa Meachem, DVM, MVetSc, MRCVS, Dipl ACVP, Clinical Associate
  • Sherry Myers, BSc, DVM, MVetSc, Dipl ACVP, Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc., Adjunct Professor

Faculty Research Interests:

Clinical pathology, viral oncogenesis and molecular oncology, dermatohistopathology, surgical pathology.

Trainees in Last 5 Years and Current Positions:

  • Angelica Galezowski, BSc, DVM, MVetSc, Dipl ACVP, Clinical Pathologist, Veterinary Diagnostic Services, Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Melissa Meachem, DVM, MVetSc, MRCVS, Dipl ACVP,
  • Clinical Associate, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Steve Mills, BComm, BSc, DVM, MVetSc
  • Edmonton South Animal Hospital, 3823 99 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Krisytna Musil, BSc, DVM, MVetSc, Dipl ACVP, Clinical Pathologist, True North Veterinary Diagnostics Inc., Langley, British Columbia
  • Kimberly Pattullo, BMus, DVM, MVetSc, Clinical Pathologist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana, Illinois

How to Apply / Contact

Contact Person(s): Marion Jackson


Department of Veterinary Pathology

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Saskatchewan

52 Campus Drive

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4 Canada

Phone: 306-966-7280

Fax: 306-966-7439


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Next Open Position: August 2015

Application Deadline: December 1, 2014

Type of Program: MVetSc, MSc, PhD; Senior Residency (following 2 years of diagnostic training such as the MVetSc)

Length of Training: 2 years (MVetSc) 3 years (MSc), 4 years (PhD), 1 year (Senior Residency)

No. of Trainees: 2

Current Trainee(s):

  • Lilani Munasinghe
  • Sunita Seshia

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