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Title: Dr. Bonnie Buntain Assistant Dean

Dr. Bonnie BuntainAssistant Dean
Who we are
  • Canadas fifth veterinary college
  • Committed to meeting needs in Alberta
  • Collaborating with local veterinary and other
    community partners to deliver clinical training
  • Integrating research activities with the Faculty
    of Medicine
  • Addressing issues of importance at the interface
    of animal and human health

Our Mission
  • Our mission is to meet the veterinary, animal and
    public health needs of Alberta through
  • Delivering excellence in veterinary education,
    research, and service activities with a focus on
  • production animal health,
  • ecosystem and public health,
  • equine health, and
  • Investigative medicine
  • Contributing to the promotion and protection of
    animal health and welfare, and human health in
    Alberta, Canada and internationally

  • Delivers a comprehensive base curriculum in
    general veterinary medicine practice
  • Provides enhanced educational programs in
    production animal health, ecosystem and public
    health, equine health, and investigative medicine
  • Prepares students for a variety of professional
    careers (private, public, corporate,
    institutional, research)
  • Fourth year curriculum focus delivered by the
  • Distributed Veterinary Learning Community

Areas of Emphasis Production Animal Health
  • Population and individual animal health of all
    food and fibre producing animal species
  • Preparing veterinarians to meet the needs of the
    livestock industry and rural practice
  • Research

Areas of Emphasis - Equine Health
  • Equine health and medicine
  • Population health
  • Individual animal health
  • Preparing veterinarians to meet the needs of the
    horse industry and rural practice
  • All aspects of equine practice
  • Research

Areas of Emphasis - Ecosystem and Public Health
  • The interface of domestic animal, wildlife, human
    and environmental health
  • Preparing veterinarians to meet the needs of
    society through public and private practice
  • Public health
  • Food safety
  • Environmental and agricultural interfaces
  • Wildlife/conservation/zoo medicine
  • Research

Areas of Emphasis - Investigative Medicine
  • Preparing veterinarians to deliver and support
    comparative health research that benefits humans
    and animals through public, corporate and private
    institutional practice
  • Comparative biomedical research
  • Laboratory animal medicine
  • Developing new treatments for animals, people

Research many opportunities
  • Infectious and zoonotic diseases
  • Producing healthier animals ensuring food safety
  • Preventing emerging, zoonotic diseases
  • Prion diseases BSE (Mad Cow), CWD in wildlife
  • Public and population health
  • Ecosystem health people, animals, environment
  • Water system health, wildlife conservation, etc.
  • Comparative biomedical research
  • Policy research how to make good decisions
    affecting animals, people, the environment

Where we are
  • Health Sciences Centre co-located with Faculty
    of Medicine building One Health interactions
  • Clinical Skills Building at Spy Hill animal
    handling, clinical skills and clinical research
  • Animal Research Laboratory- Spy Hill
  • Distributed Veterinary Learning Community

Health Sciences Centre UCVM Headquarters
  • Foothills Campus
  • faculty offices
  • student space
  • teaching
  • and basic comparative biomedical research

Clinical Skills Building Spy Hill
  • NW Calgary
  • site of clinical skills teaching
  • not a hospital
  • expected to be completed in late 2008

Distributed Veterinary Learning Community
  • DVLC includes private practice, government,
    corporate, and other institutions in and beyond
    Canada that provides formal student practicums
    and rotations for diverse experiences
  • Functions as our academic teaching resource and
    must meet standards of teaching excellence
  • Is a partnership in learning

Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • DVTH is a subset of our Distributed Veterinary
    Learning Community
  • Functions as our academic teaching hospital and
    must meet required accreditation standards
  • Provides student practicums
  • Is the veterinary private practice home for
    UCVM faculty
  • Provides opportunities for private veterinary
    practitioners become Adjunct Professors

  • U of Calgarys new College of Veterinary
    Medicines innovative curriculum will prepare
    students for diverse opportunities in all aspects
    of veterinary practice (private, corporate,
  • Our goals are to educate veterinarians with
    expertise relevant to Albertas needs, support
    rural development and sustainability, and address
    the important interactions between animal and
    human health and welfare
  • In addition to a foundation in general veterinary
    practice, student education will be enhanced in
    four areas of emphasis Production Animal Health,
    Equine Health, Ecosystem and Public Health, and
    Investigative Medicine

Admission Procedures
  • Dr. Kent Hecker
  • Director of Admissions

Minimum Admissions Requirements
  • Alberta Resident
  • 2 full years of post-secondary education
  • English proficiency
  • Applicants must present a minimum average of a
    3.00 (75.0) over the best two full years (min 16

Minimum Requirements Draft
  • In each of the required courses the applicant
    must have received a grade of 2.3 (C or its
    equivalent) or higher to count the course as
    meeting the admissions requirements.
  • Biology Two introductory Biology courses
  • Genetics One introductory Genetics course
  • Ecology One introductory Ecology course
  • Chemistry Two introductory Chemistry courses
  • Organic Chemistry One introductory Organic
    Chemistry course
  • Biochemistry One introductory Biochemistry
  • Mathematics One introductory Statistics
  • English One introductory English course

  • Please refer to website for details
  • www.vet.ucalgary.ca
  • Course requirements can be fulfilled at all three
    universities and most colleges within two years
  • Goals
  • Permit students to remain in home environment
  • Permit students to remain in rural environment
  • Increase entry after two years
  • Increase applicant pool
  • Focusing on a simple, broad approach to

How to reach us
  • For more information about the Faculty of
    Veterinary Medicine, please go to
  • www.vet.ucalgary.ca
  • If you have any questions or comments, please
  • Dr. Bonnie Buntain at bonnie.buntain_at_ucalgary.ca
  • Dr. Kent Hecker, Director of Admissions at
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