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Structure of the Program

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.

The graduate students will register in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology and in one of the designated areas of specialization:

Anatomic Pathology
Parasitology
Virology
Bacteriology
Public Health
Immunology
Fish Health

In addition to the "General Regulations for Graduate Programs," described above, the following regulations apply specifically to the PGD program:

Residency Requirements

Normally, at least two semesters of full-time study in residence at the University must be devoted to the diploma program if the student is admitted as a regular student. For a regular student admitted to a part-time study program, the residency period is based on the equivalence of three part-time semesters to one full-time semester. A student, admitted as a provisional student requiring two semesters in that category, must spend at least one additional semester as a regular full-time student to meet the residency requirement. Upon completion of the residency requirement the student is then eligible to become a candidate for the PGD qualification.

Normally, the project report must be formally submitted or the program be otherwise complete within 24 months of the completion of the residency requirement. All requirements must be completed within a five-year time period for part-time students. Departure from these normal requirements requires approval from the Graduate Studies Committee.

Courses

Prescribed Studies
The minimum number of courses and/or general examinations is outlined below. For graduate credit, the courses selected must be acceptable to the department and the Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate must maintain an average grade of at least a B standing (see Grades in General Regulations section) in the substantive courses outlined below in order to maintain registration in the program. Substantive courses are graduate level courses assigned a minimum of two credit hours.

Students are required to complete courses totaling a minimum of 16 credit hours. Within this course complement there must be at least four substantive courses and the appropriate departmental Seminar course (one credit).

The department may require examinations (oral and/or written), from time to time, to evaluate the student's progress in his/her overall program.

Additional Courses
In addition to these prescribed studies, the candidate may undertake to achieve satisfactory standings in courses supportive of the special discipline. These courses may be at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. The standings obtained in them will not affect the average grade of the prescribed studies. When a student is required to register in a seminar or colloquium course in more than one semester, the record will show a grade or a designation of "In Progress" for semesters prior to completion of the course and "Pass" or "Fail" for the final semester. With the consent of the Supervisor, and the instructor, and the Department Chair concerned, a student may register for, and audit, all or part of a course. It is understood that the student will attend lectures as prescribed, but will not write any examination or receive any grade. Such a course may be recorded as an additional course, identified by AUD.

The Research Project

Research
Normally, the equivalent of at least three credit hours must be devoted to a small research project in fulfilment of the degree requirement. The project may be based on either a laboratory investigation or a special topic such as a prospective or retrospective case study. Summers during which research work is actively conducted may be counted as research semester equivalents, even though other courses may not be offered at that time. In order to avoid undue prolongation of the time required to complete the degree, the research topic should be identified early and approved by the Supervisory Committee. Research involving the use of animals must follow the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

Project Report
Each candidate for the graduate diploma qualification is required to submit a project report (in place of a thesis) based upon the research conducted under supervision as described above. The report should make some contribution to the body of knowledge in the candidate’s field but it may or may not be submitted for publication in a refereed journal.

General specifications as to paper, format, order and binding are available from the Office of the Program Administrator.

Procedures
The project report may be handed in at any time of the year, but candidates must bear in mind the desirability of having the final examination as much in advance of the deadline date for report submission as possible. Candidates are advised to inform themselves of the deadlines schedule, a copy of which may be obtained in the Office of the Program Administrator. It is desirable that each candidate initiate discussion about examination dates with the Supervisor early in the final semester.

The candidate should keep in close touch with the Supervisor throughout the preparation of the project report. The final draft of the report, after it has been reviewed by the Supervisor, is sent when ready for examination, to the members of the PGD Examination Committee (see below).

Following the Examination, the candidate, if successful, arranges for the preparation of the project in final form, and for its submission to the Program Administrator (see below). The report in final form must include any minor corrections or revisions indicated during the Examination. A manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed journal may also be prepared in the final form. Approval of the report takes the form of a Certificate of Approval, signed by the Examination Committee.

The Postgraduate Diploma Examination
The final oral examination is based on overall assessment of the candidate’s knowledge and competence in his/her field of study, including the project report. It is a departmental examination identified as the PGD Examination and carried out by the PGD Examination Committee normally consisting of three members as follows:

  • two graduate faculty of the Department, who are not members of the Supervisory Committee (if applicable), and one of whom is appointed by the Department Chair to act as chair of the PGD Examination and to make the arrangements therefore; and
  • the Supervisor of the candidate's program. The Department Chair selects the Examination Committee at the request of the Supervisor and is responsible for notifying the Program Administrator of its composition.

The Examination is normally open to the public; however, members of the audience may question the candidate only upon invitation of the Chair of the Committee.

The Examination is passed and the project report approved if there is no more than one negative vote, an abstention being regarded as a negative vote. The report, from the Department Chair to the Program Administrator, records the result as "unsatisfactory," or "satisfactory." If the result is "unsatisfactory," the candidate may be given the opportunity by the PGD Examination Committee of a second attempt. A second "unsatisfactory" result will terminate candidacy at this university.

 

Overview

Structure of the Program

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.

The graduate students will register in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology and in one of the designated areas of specialization:

Anatomic Pathology
Parasitology
Virology
Bacteriology
Public Health
Immunology
Fish Health

In addition to the "General Regulations for Graduate Programs," described above, the following regulations apply specifically to the PGD program:

Residency Requirements

Normally, at least two semesters of full-time study in residence at the University must be devoted to the diploma program if the student is admitted as a regular student. For a regular student admitted to a part-time study program, the residency period is based on the equivalence of three part-time semesters to one full-time semester. A student, admitted as a provisional student requiring two semesters in that category, must spend at least one additional semester as a regular full-time student to meet the residency requirement. Upon completion of the residency requirement the student is then eligible to become a candidate for the PGD qualification.

Normally, the project report must be formally submitted or the program be otherwise complete within 24 months of the completion of the residency requirement. All requirements must be completed within a five-year time period for part-time students. Departure from these normal requirements requires approval from the Graduate Studies Committee.

Courses

Prescribed Studies
The minimum number of courses and/or general examinations is outlined below. For graduate credit, the courses selected must be acceptable to the department and the Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate must maintain an average grade of at least a B standing (see Grades in General Regulations section) in the substantive courses outlined below in order to maintain registration in the program. Substantive courses are graduate level courses assigned a minimum of two credit hours.

Students are required to complete courses totaling a minimum of 16 credit hours. Within this course complement there must be at least four substantive courses and the appropriate departmental Seminar course (one credit).

The department may require examinations (oral and/or written), from time to time, to evaluate the student's progress in his/her overall program.

Additional Courses
In addition to these prescribed studies, the candidate may undertake to achieve satisfactory standings in courses supportive of the special discipline. These courses may be at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. The standings obtained in them will not affect the average grade of the prescribed studies. When a student is required to register in a seminar or colloquium course in more than one semester, the record will show a grade or a designation of "In Progress" for semesters prior to completion of the course and "Pass" or "Fail" for the final semester. With the consent of the Supervisor, and the instructor, and the Department Chair concerned, a student may register for, and audit, all or part of a course. It is understood that the student will attend lectures as prescribed, but will not write any examination or receive any grade. Such a course may be recorded as an additional course, identified by AUD.

The Research Project

Research
Normally, the equivalent of at least three credit hours must be devoted to a small research project in fulfilment of the degree requirement. The project may be based on either a laboratory investigation or a special topic such as a prospective or retrospective case study. Summers during which research work is actively conducted may be counted as research semester equivalents, even though other courses may not be offered at that time. In order to avoid undue prolongation of the time required to complete the degree, the research topic should be identified early and approved by the Supervisory Committee. Research involving the use of animals must follow the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

Project Report
Each candidate for the graduate diploma qualification is required to submit a project report (in place of a thesis) based upon the research conducted under supervision as described above. The report should make some contribution to the body of knowledge in the candidate’s field but it may or may not be submitted for publication in a refereed journal.

General specifications as to paper, format, order and binding are available from the Office of the Program Administrator.

Procedures
The project report may be handed in at any time of the year, but candidates must bear in mind the desirability of having the final examination as much in advance of the deadline date for report submission as possible. Candidates are advised to inform themselves of the deadlines schedule, a copy of which may be obtained in the Office of the Program Administrator. It is desirable that each candidate initiate discussion about examination dates with the Supervisor early in the final semester.

The candidate should keep in close touch with the Supervisor throughout the preparation of the project report. The final draft of the report, after it has been reviewed by the Supervisor, is sent when ready for examination, to the members of the PGD Examination Committee (see below).

Following the Examination, the candidate, if successful, arranges for the preparation of the project in final form, and for its submission to the Program Administrator (see below). The report in final form must include any minor corrections or revisions indicated during the Examination. A manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed journal may also be prepared in the final form. Approval of the report takes the form of a Certificate of Approval, signed by the Examination Committee.

The Postgraduate Diploma Examination
The final oral examination is based on overall assessment of the candidate’s knowledge and competence in his/her field of study, including the project report. It is a departmental examination identified as the PGD Examination and carried out by the PGD Examination Committee normally consisting of three members as follows:

  • two graduate faculty of the Department, who are not members of the Supervisory Committee (if applicable), and one of whom is appointed by the Department Chair to act as chair of the PGD Examination and to make the arrangements therefore; and
  • the Supervisor of the candidate's program. The Department Chair selects the Examination Committee at the request of the Supervisor and is responsible for notifying the Program Administrator of its composition.

The Examination is normally open to the public; however, members of the audience may question the candidate only upon invitation of the Chair of the Committee.

The Examination is passed and the project report approved if there is no more than one negative vote, an abstention being regarded as a negative vote. The report, from the Department Chair to the Program Administrator, records the result as "unsatisfactory," or "satisfactory." If the result is "unsatisfactory," the candidate may be given the opportunity by the PGD Examination Committee of a second attempt. A second "unsatisfactory" result will terminate candidacy at this university.

 

Overview

Structure of the Program

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.

The graduate students will register in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology and in one of the designated areas of specialization:

Anatomic Pathology
Parasitology
Virology
Bacteriology
Public Health
Immunology
Fish Health

In addition to the "General Regulations for Graduate Programs," described above, the following regulations apply specifically to the PGD program:

Residency Requirements

Normally, at least two semesters of full-time study in residence at the University must be devoted to the diploma program if the student is admitted as a regular student. For a regular student admitted to a part-time study program, the residency period is based on the equivalence of three part-time semesters to one full-time semester. A student, admitted as a provisional student requiring two semesters in that category, must spend at least one additional semester as a regular full-time student to meet the residency requirement. Upon completion of the residency requirement the student is then eligible to become a candidate for the PGD qualification.

Normally, the project report must be formally submitted or the program be otherwise complete within 24 months of the completion of the residency requirement. All requirements must be completed within a five-year time period for part-time students. Departure from these normal requirements requires approval from the Graduate Studies Committee.

Courses

Prescribed Studies
The minimum number of courses and/or general examinations is outlined below. For graduate credit, the courses selected must be acceptable to the department and the Graduate Studies Committee. The candidate must maintain an average grade of at least a B standing (see Grades in General Regulations section) in the substantive courses outlined below in order to maintain registration in the program. Substantive courses are graduate level courses assigned a minimum of two credit hours.

Students are required to complete courses totaling a minimum of 16 credit hours. Within this course complement there must be at least four substantive courses and the appropriate departmental Seminar course (one credit).

The department may require examinations (oral and/or written), from time to time, to evaluate the student's progress in his/her overall program.

Additional Courses
In addition to these prescribed studies, the candidate may undertake to achieve satisfactory standings in courses supportive of the special discipline. These courses may be at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. The standings obtained in them will not affect the average grade of the prescribed studies. When a student is required to register in a seminar or colloquium course in more than one semester, the record will show a grade or a designation of "In Progress" for semesters prior to completion of the course and "Pass" or "Fail" for the final semester. With the consent of the Supervisor, and the instructor, and the Department Chair concerned, a student may register for, and audit, all or part of a course. It is understood that the student will attend lectures as prescribed, but will not write any examination or receive any grade. Such a course may be recorded as an additional course, identified by AUD.

The Research Project

Research
Normally, the equivalent of at least three credit hours must be devoted to a small research project in fulfilment of the degree requirement. The project may be based on either a laboratory investigation or a special topic such as a prospective or retrospective case study. Summers during which research work is actively conducted may be counted as research semester equivalents, even though other courses may not be offered at that time. In order to avoid undue prolongation of the time required to complete the degree, the research topic should be identified early and approved by the Supervisory Committee. Research involving the use of animals must follow the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

Project Report
Each candidate for the graduate diploma qualification is required to submit a project report (in place of a thesis) based upon the research conducted under supervision as described above. The report should make some contribution to the body of knowledge in the candidate’s field but it may or may not be submitted for publication in a refereed journal.

General specifications as to paper, format, order and binding are available from the Office of the Program Administrator.

Procedures
The project report may be handed in at any time of the year, but candidates must bear in mind the desirability of having the final examination as much in advance of the deadline date for report submission as possible. Candidates are advised to inform themselves of the deadlines schedule, a copy of which may be obtained in the Office of the Program Administrator. It is desirable that each candidate initiate discussion about examination dates with the Supervisor early in the final semester.

The candidate should keep in close touch with the Supervisor throughout the preparation of the project report. The final draft of the report, after it has been reviewed by the Supervisor, is sent when ready for examination, to the members of the PGD Examination Committee (see below).

Following the Examination, the candidate, if successful, arranges for the preparation of the project in final form, and for its submission to the Program Administrator (see below). The report in final form must include any minor corrections or revisions indicated during the Examination. A manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed journal may also be prepared in the final form. Approval of the report takes the form of a Certificate of Approval, signed by the Examination Committee.

The Postgraduate Diploma Examination
The final oral examination is based on overall assessment of the candidate’s knowledge and competence in his/her field of study, including the project report. It is a departmental examination identified as the PGD Examination and carried out by the PGD Examination Committee normally consisting of three members as follows:

  • two graduate faculty of the Department, who are not members of the Supervisory Committee (if applicable), and one of whom is appointed by the Department Chair to act as chair of the PGD Examination and to make the arrangements therefore; and
  • the Supervisor of the candidate's program. The Department Chair selects the Examination Committee at the request of the Supervisor and is responsible for notifying the Program Administrator of its composition.

The Examination is normally open to the public; however, members of the audience may question the candidate only upon invitation of the Chair of the Committee.

The Examination is passed and the project report approved if there is no more than one negative vote, an abstention being regarded as a negative vote. The report, from the Department Chair to the Program Administrator, records the result as "unsatisfactory," or "satisfactory." If the result is "unsatisfactory," the candidate may be given the opportunity by the PGD Examination Committee of a second attempt. A second "unsatisfactory" result will terminate candidacy at this university.

 

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The courses for the Post Graduate Diploma in Pathology or Microbiology are listed by department on the Master of Science - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine program page.

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