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The department of pathobiology is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, infectious diseases and immunology. Read more
The department of pathobiology is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, infectious diseases and immunology. research in the department addresses such diverse areas as the pathogens of animals and how they interact with their hosts, emerging and zoonotic pathogens, antimicrobial resistance, the immunologic and genetic bases of resistance to infectious disease, development and progression of cancer, and mechanisms of immune-mediated and inflammatory diseases. We work on diseases of domestic mammals, poultry, laboratory animals, fish, wildlife, zoo and companion animals, from the molecular level to that of the population.

Programs

Research-based Msc or phd degrees are offered to veterinarians and non-veterinarians in all fields of study in the department. Veterinary specialty training is offered through dvsc and graduate diploma programs in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, comparative pathology, laboratory animal science, fish disease, and zoo medicine/pathology for applicants with a dvM degree. Our graduate students typically continue their career in a diversity of positions, including academics, the public sector in Canada (provincial and federal government) and abroad, private industry and laboratories, as well as in speciality practice.

Faculty and laboratories

At the present time, there are 25 faculty, 42 staff members, and 60 graduate students who work in a new building with well-equipped shared laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment for quantitative rt-pCr, flow cytometry, fluorescent and optical microscopy, analysis of microarrays, 2d protein gel electrophoresis, multiplex elisa, laser capture microdissection, and tissue microarray. As well, our investigators have close interactions with other departments and other universities, and with the animal health laboratory, Center for public health and Zoonoses, and the public health agency of Canada.

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Pathologists’ Assistants (PAs) are “physician extenders” for anatomic pathologists. PAs perform delegated medical tasks under the supervision of a medically qualified pathologist. Read more
Pathologists’ Assistants (PAs) are “physician extenders” for anatomic pathologists. PAs perform delegated medical tasks under the supervision of a medically qualified pathologist. They perform initial examination, dissection, and gross description of surgically removed tissues, assist in dissection of bodies during autopsies, and perform intraoperative frozen sections. They possess highly standardized skills related to each of these procedures which allow pathologists to spend more of their time looking at slides.

The Master of Pathologists' Assistant (MDPA) program is a two year continuous course-based masters program that will include both in class work along side practicum components.

All students are considered full-time. Part-time status may be considered and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

History

The University of Calgary has launched a new Pathologists' Assistant (PA) M.Sc. training program as a specialization within the Medical Sciences Graduate Program starting July 2012. In 2015 the Master of Pathologists' Assistant program was fully approved through the University of Calgary and Alberta Government to start taking students in September 2016.

Career Prospects

After graduation, students are eligible to sit the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) PA board-certification examination.

The job market for board-certified PAs is excellent, with jobs available in Alberta and throughout North America.

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