The Post Graduate Diploma of the University of Prince Edward Island is a one-year, non-thesis (professional) program for veterinarians working in industry, government or private diagnostic laboratories and who have been away from university for some time. Also included are veterinarians who wish to broaden their knowledge at the graduate level on subjects specific to their professional interests. The objective is to provide advanced practical training in a field of veterinary pathology or microbiology. The program emphasizes “hands-on” and course-based applied training in diagnostic veterinary bacteriology, immunology, parasitology, pathology or virology. A successful student may transfer to the MVSc or MSc programs at the University of Prince Edward Island, depending on grades and funding. Success in the program is attested by the achieving of satisfactory standings in the minimum number of graduate courses required, the completion of a small research project, and the writing of a project report.
Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available.
This option integrates academic study with relevant supervised work experience. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement between the students and the employing organizations. Enrolment is limited. Admission is by application to the Science Co-op Office in February prior to third year (late applicants may be considered if they contact the Life Sciences Co-op Coordinator). Selection will be based on previous academic performance and general suitability to the work environment as assessed by resumé and interview. Admissibility to a third-year Microbiology and Immunology Bachelor of Science specialization is prerequisite for admission to the Co-op Option but applicants can apply to Co-op before admission to the third-year microbiology specializations. Graduation from the Co-op program requires completion of four work terms, the normal courses required for the specialization. Detailed information is available from Microbiology and Immunology or the Co-operative Education Office .