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Graduate Studies: General Information

Graduate Coordinator

Patrick Boerlin - Room 4829, PAHL building, Ext. 54647,


Graduate Studies Committee


Graduate Program Assistant - Admissions

Donna Kangas (Population Medicine Building, Bldg 174 (formerly the Clinical Research Building), Ext. 54725,
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Fields of Study

The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology and the Department of Pathology merged into the new Department of Pathobiology on May 1, 1996. The new combined graduate training program in Veterinary Immunology, Microbiology, Parasitology and Pathology accomodates and integrates the established programs. Graduate students enrolled before Spring 1996 will continue in their programs according to the guidelines of their former departments.

There are four graduate degree programs. The department offers programs of study leading to MSc and PhD degrees and a Graduate Diploma. The department also participates in the inter-departmental Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) program, and in the OVC Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

The Department of Pathobiology provides graduate programs in the following fields (alphabetical list):

Comparative pathology

  • Avian: Dale Smith, Leonardo Susta, Nicole Nemeth
  • Fish: John Lumsden
  • Laboratory Animal Science: Pat Turner
  • Zoo animal/wildlife pathology: Dale Smith, Claire Jardine, Nicole Nemeth


  • Immunology: Bonnie Mallard, Shayan Sharif, Byram Bridle

Veterinary pathology

  • Anatomic pathology: Jeff Caswell, Rob Foster, Stefan Keller, Brandon Lillie, Brandon Plattner, Leonardo Susta, Geoff Wood
  • Clinical pathology: Dorothee Bienzle, Robert Jacobs, Darren Wood

Veterinary Infectious Diseases

  • Bacteriology: Patrick Boerlin, Janet MacInnes, Scott Weese
  • Parasitology: John Barta, Andrew Peregrine
  • Virology:  Eva Nagy, Sarah Wootton, Byram Bridle

The DVSc is offered in applied areas of microbiology, immunology or pathology. The diploma program is offered in applied areas of pathology.


Graduate Space

Assignment of Space: Administrative Assistant only Office space to Graduate students is provided by the Department but space is limited # of students per office: 4 Larger offices: 8, 12 & 21 Use of Space: Space is designed for quiet academic activity (please socialize elsewhere) Students will be grouped according to similar disciplines and location of Advisor.