Graduate Programs

The Ontario Veterinary College is globally recognized for innovative research in One Health, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, and is committed to high quality graduate training in basic and applied research. 

The Ontario Veterinary College offers the following advanced degree programs:

Coursework Degrees:

Master of Biomedical Science (MBS)The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degree is a one year, course work based program with a major research project offered through the Department of Biomedical Sciences. In addition to the regular MBS program, students may enrol within specialized streams: Applied Reproductive Biotechnologies or Applied Toxicology.

Master of Public Health (MPH)The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is a five-semester professional degree offering graduate students didactic and experiential training in public health practice, including areas such as epidemiology, infectious disease, outbreak response, applied research, and transformation of science into policy. 

Master of Science in Clinical Studies by Coursework: The coursework-plus-major-project option will comprise a minimum of 4.5 credits, including six 0.5-credit graduate courses and a mandatory 1.0 credit, 2-semester major project course.




Thesis-based Degrees:

Master of Science (MSc): The Ontario Veterinary College offers two year thesis-based Masters of Science (MSc) programs in all four academic departments.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): The Ontario Veterinary College offers generally four year thesis-based Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs in three of the four academic departments.
Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc): The Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) program is a unique post-professional degree for graduates with a DVM degree or equivalent, offered in three of the four academic departments. The program provides advanced training in a clinical specialization and research to prepare students for board certification, specialized veterinary practice, and/or research-oriented careers.
  • DVSc - Clinical Studies (small animal medicine, large animal medicine, small animal surgery, large animal surgery, emergency medicine and critical care, anesthesiology, cardiology, radiology, neurology, oncology, clinical nutrition, avian and exotic medicine and pathology)
  • DVSc - Pathobiology (veterinary anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, veterinary clinical microbiology, veterinary parasitology)
  • DVSc - Population Medicine (theriogenology, ruminant health management, swine health management)


Collaborative Specializations: 

Collaborative specializations provide an additional multidisciplinary experience for students enrolled in and completing the degree requirements for one of a number of approved Master's or Doctoral programs.


Graduate Diplomas:

The Ontario Veterinary College offers a three semester Diploma program in an effort to provide advanced practical training in multiple disciplines. Diploma programs are offered in three of the four academic departments.