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Veterinary Sciences


Veterinary sciences programs focus on ways to prevent and treat animal diseases.

Veterinary sciences programs teach people how diseases begin, develop, and transfer to other animals. Students learn how to research the causes of animal diseases.

Veterinary sciences programs include topics such as:


In veterinary science programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Several universities offer graduate degrees in veterinary science. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require three or more years or study beyond the master’s degree.

In addition, some schools offer graduate certificate programs in veterinary sciences. These are usually for people who already have their DVM (veterinary medicine degree) or a graduate degree in a related field.

See schools that offer this program.

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

This graduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree in veterinary sciences typically include:

Things to Know

Some programs combine DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) programs with graduate study in veterinary sciences.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle