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Applied Animal Biology

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.

Members

Professors Emeriti

T. Sullivan, J.R. Thompson

Professors

A. Farrell, D. Fraser, M. A. G. von Keyserlingk, D. M. Weary.

Associate Professor

R. Cerri.

Program Overview

Applied Animal Biology offers opportunities for advanced study and research leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in animal physiology, behaviour, welfare, and management of livestock, aquaculture, and wildlife species. Graduate training in applied animal biology normally involves a combination of courses in both basic and applied sciences, with research leading to a thesis or dissertation. Students are expected to publish their research results in relevant leading international refereed journals. Coursework selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee includes graduate courses in areas relevant to each student's research.

The program is enriched through collaboration with colleagues in other graduate programs such as Zoology, and with agencies such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

On-campus teaching and research facilities are located in the MacMillan Building. Off-campus research facilities available to students include: the UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz; shared research facilities at Fisheries and Oceans Canada at West Vancouver; and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.Sc. degree in animal science, applied animal biology, or a related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential, and must meet the general admission requirements set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

Appropriate coursework is selected in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program normally possess a B.Sc. degree in animal science, applied animal biology, or a related area, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

Completion of the M.Sc. program requires a thesis (12 or 18 credits) plus coursework, for a total of 30 credits. With a 12-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 6 credits of senior undergraduate courses. With an 18-credit thesis, students can include a maximum of 3 credits of senior undergraduate courses.

Students who are planning a professional career will typically enrol in the 12-credit thesis option. The 18-credit thesis option requires a more intensive research experience and is more appropriate for students considering the Ph.D. program or a research career. The thesis credit decision is determined in consultation with the student and supervisory committee.

Contact Information

Graduate Programs Manager
Faculty of Land and Food Systems
344-2357 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.4593
Fax: 604.822.4400
Email: lfs.gradapp@ubc.ca
Web: www.landfood.ubc.ca/programs/animal_sc_grad.htm
Shelley Small, Graduate Programs Manager

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