By Department

There are four academic departments in the Ontario Veterinary College with diverse research mandates in veterinary, human, and environmental health: Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Studies, Pathobiology, and Population Medicine. 

Biomedical Sciences

The Department of Biomedical Sciences is responsible for delivering professional and specialist education and research training in seven main research fields: Reproductive Biology and Development, Cellular and Molecular Basis of Health and Disease, Biomedical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Physiology, and Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology.

In addition to providing courses in the DVM and BSc programs, the Department offers a one-year Course-based Masters (MBS), two-year thesis-based MSc, and PhD programs in each of the departmental discipline fields.

Clinical Studies

The Department of Clinical Studies seeks to improve individual animal health by educating outstanding veterinarians and advancing knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine. Faculty members are leaders in the advancement, application, and instruction of knowledge within the field of veterinary medicine and provide research training and clinical services in specialized veterinary fields, including: Anaesthesiology, Avian and Exotic Medicine, Cardiology, Clinical Nutrition, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology, Emergency and Critical CareSmall Animal Medicine, Large Animal Medicine, NeurologyOncology, OphthalmologySmall Animal Surgery, and Large Animal Surgery

The Department offers a one-year Course-based Masters, two-year thesis-based MSc, supervises students in the Doctor of Veterinary Science (DVSc) program, and delivers most courses in the DVM program.


The Department of Pathobiology is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, veterinary infectious diseases and immunology. Faculty members' research ranges from the basic understanding of the mechanisms of disease caused by a wide range of agents (including emerging and zoonotic pathogens) to the different protective and pathological responses to host organisms. The Department offers advanced training in diagnostic anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as research training in our areas of expertise, including pathology, microbiology, immunology, virology, and wildlife disease.

The Department offers a two-year thesis-based MSc, Graduate Diploma, and PhD program as well as supervises students in the DVSc program.

Population Medicine

The Department of Population Medicine is an international leader in discovering and disseminating knowledge to optimize the health of animal and human populations in their environments where health includes physical health, welfare, and productivity of animals and the physical, mental, and social well-being of humans. Students build foundational knowledge and skills while fostering continuous self-directed and collaborative learning and discovery. Faculty members conduct research in four main fields: Epidemiology, Health Management, Public Health, and Theriogenology.