Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

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Veterinary Medicine is offered at the University of Saskatchewan through the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.  At least 60 credit hours of university-level study is required, with specific courses listed below.  See the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for full admission requirements or consult an academic advisor in University 1 or the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.

Recommended Progression of Pre-Vet Courses in Agriculture

Year 1 (30 credit hours) Credit Hours
AGRI 1500 Natural Resources and Primary Agricultural Production 3
AGRI 1510 Production, Distribution and Utilization of Agricultural Products 3
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1320 Introduction to Organic Chemistry 3
ENGL 1200 (W) Representative Literary Works or
ENGL 1300 (W) Literature Since 1900
0-6
Choose one of the following:
MATH 1210 (M) Techniques of Classical and Linear Algebra
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus
MATH 1520 (M) Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
Electives 3-9
Total Credit Hours 30


Year 2 (30 credit hours)

Credit Hours
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
PLNT 2520 Genetics or
BIOL 2500 Genetics 1
3

CHEM 2770/MBIO 2770 Elements of Biochemistry 1

3

CHEM 2780/MBIO 2780 Elements of Biochemistry 2

3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 3
MBIO 1010 Microbiology 1 3
Electives 9
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES: 

  • BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, CHEM 1300, and CHEM 1320 (or CHEM 1310) are prerequisites for Year 2 courses and should be completed in Year 1.
  • AGRI 2030 (W), and one of PHIL 1290, PHIL 2740, PHIL 2750, or PHIL 2830, may be used in lieu of ENGL 1200 (W) or ENGL 1300 (W) for students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.  Note that these courses will typically be taken in Year 2.  For Year 1, replace ENGL with any combination of PHYS 1020 (M), MBIO 1010, STAT 1000, or electives.
  • Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.  There are no recommended or preferred electives.  Through Agricultural and Food Sciences, your AGRI courses will count towards electives for admission to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1 (TO AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD SCIENCES):

  • Plan to apply to Agricultural and Food Sciences (B.Sc. Agriculture) after completing University 1.
  • Keep Agricultural and Food Sciences degree requirements in mind when choosing courses.  If you are not admitted to Veterinary Medicine you may decide to complete a degree in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.  

WESTERN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE ADMISSION INFORMAITON:

Minimum Credit Hours:

60 credit hours of specific courses over 2 years with a full course load.

Minimum Course Load:

A full course load consisting of 30 credit hours in each academic year is recommended.

All university work undertaken is considered when evaluating academic performance. The courseload of the applicant is a consideration in the selection process. Applicants who have not taken a full courseload could be at a disadvantage when evaluating academic performance. See the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for admission requirements.

Minimum GPA:

See WCVM Admissions (Academic Requirements) for details. 

Additional Requirements:

Interview and referees' evaluations.

Admission is restricted to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents who are residents of the four western provinces and the northern territories.  Refer to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for details.

Selection Criteria:

Combination of grades and interview.

HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL COURSES:

  • Biology 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50 % required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% required or Math 40S (Applied) minimum 70% required.
  • Physics 40S (for Physics in Year 2) minimum 50% required.   

       

        MINIMUM TIME TO GRADUATION:

      • 6 years - 2 years of university (60 credit hours) study plus 4 years in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.   

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            April 2017

             

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