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Program Descriptions

Programs leading to both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Biomedical Sciences are offered. The MS  and PhD programs in Biomedical Sciences are college-wide and are administered by a committee of the Graduate Faculty and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies acting in conjunction with the departments. Both programs are open to veterinary graduates in all departments and to those with Bachelor's degrees.

A satisfactory Graduate Records Examination score is required for all graduate programs. GRE scores will be evaluated in conjunction with your academic record.

Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology offers a program of research, formal courses, and seminars in the following areas: computer-video applications in teaching, metabolic regulation, enzymology, sensory physiology, membrane physiology, biophysics, neurophysiology, cardiovascular physiology, endocrinology, basic and clinical pharmacology, toxicology, gross and neuro anatomy, morphology of reproductive organs and embryo ultra-structure, neurobiology, chemosensory mechanisms, ultrasonography, morphometrics, medical illustration, and osteopathology.

Food Animal Surgery and Medicine and Equine Surgery and Medicine

These sections offer large animal graduate programs and residency training in internal medicine, surgery, theriogenology, practitioner specialties, and pharmacy. Internal medicine emphasizes equine medicine, food animal medicine, and neonatology. Surgery emphasizes bovine male reconstructive surgery and orthopedic and upper respiratory surgery. Theriogenology comprises all areas of large animal reproduction, including dairy and beef herd health, with focus on male reproduction and in vitro fertilization. Anesthesia and intensive care programs are offered as are pharmacy programs with specialty training in veterinary clinical pharmacy and pharmacokinetics. Other areas of research interest are nutrition, metabolic diseases, bovine mastitis, cardiopulmonary disease, and thermography.


Programs leading to the combined residency-M.S. degree and residency-Ph.D. degree are offered in veterinary anatomic pathology and veterinary clinical pathology.  General training objectives are to provide: (1) comprehensive training in anatomic and clinical veterinary pathology in preparation for certification by the AmericanCollege of Veterinary Pathologists; (2) experience in the teaching of veterinary pathology; and (3) research training in experimental pathology consistent with the fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree.


Study in the discipline of veterinary radiology includes physics, diagnostics, special procedures, nuclear medicine, and alternate imaging. Upon completion of the residency program, the individual will be qualified to write the certification examination in veterinary radiology. Active research includes: orthopedics, CNS and spinal cord diseases, comparative studies using alternate imaging, and oncology. Alternate imaging technologies available in the Holland Ware Imaging Center include M.R.I., C.T. scan, ultrasonography (with color Doppler), and conventional radiography.

Scott-Ritchey Research Center

The Scott-Ritchey Research Center is a privately endowed University Center within the College of Veterinary Medicine that is dedicated exclusively to research and research training on health problems of companion animals. The faculty of the Center conduct research on inherited diseases, molecular genetics, gene therapy, neuromuscular diseases, wound healing, and cardiopulmonary diseases. A research training program conducted by Center faculty is available for students ranging in experience from prebaccalaureate to postdoctoral.

Small Animal Surgery and Medicine

These sections offer postgraduate and graduate studies for students with veterinary degrees. Selection for the postgraduate internships and for residencies in the specialties of veterinary internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and surgery is administered through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians' Intern/Resident Matching Program. The 36 month residencies include pursuit of the MS degree and meet the requirements of the Specialty colleges. The current specialty and research interests of the faculty include the cardiovascular mechanisms in dogs and cats, implants in orthopedic surgery, pacemakers, oncology, dermatology, neurology, neurosurgery, and ophthalmology.

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