Faculty of Science

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 Science.

Recommended Progression of Pre-Vet Courses in Science

Year 1 (30 CREDIT HOURS) Credit Hours
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 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3 3
MBIO 1010 Microbiology 1 3
ENGL 1200 (W) Representative Literary Works or
ENGL 1300 (W) Literature Since 1900, or both
ENGL 1340 (W) Introduction to Literary Analysis and
ENGL 1400 (W) Thematic Approaches to the Study of Literature
6
6 credit hours of Mathematics and/or Statistics 6
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030, CHEM 1300, and CHEM 1310 are prerequisites for required second year courses and should be completed in first year.
  • There are no recommended or preferred electives. Choose electives from the Recommended Introductory Courses list, and review courses that are applicable to a Life Science program in the Faculty of Science.
Year 2 (30 CREDIT HOURS) Credit Hours
CHEM 2210 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 or
CHEM 1320 Introduction to Organic Chemistry
3
BIOL 2500 Genetics 1 or
PLNT 2520 Genetics
3
CHEM 2360/MBIO 2360 Biochemistry 1 3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 3
Electives (see tips for choosing courses) 18
Total Credit Hours 30

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FROM UNIVERSITY 1 (TO SCIENCE):

  • Plan to transit to the Faculty of Science (life science program or general science program) after completing University 1.
  • Keep Life Science or General Science program 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 Science.

WESTERN COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE ADMISSION INFORMATION:

For full details, see WCVM Admissions page.
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 course load of the applicant is a consideration in the selection process. Applicants who have not taken a full course load 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.

NEED MORE INFORMATION

  • Visit the Western College of Veterinary Medicine website

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