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Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Master's Degree Program

Areas of Emphasis

Three Areas of Emphasis have been established within the Veterinary Biomedical Sciences program: 

  • Anatomy and Physiology offers opportunities for graduate studies leading to both MS and PhD degrees. Epithelial physiology, stem cell biology and cancer, cardiopulmonary physiology, immunophysiology, neuroscience and pharmacology are major themes of research of the department. Specific areas of interest include cell signaling, epithelial cell solute transport, comparative exercise physiology, food animal immunophysiology, molecular biology of membranes, mechanisms of stress phenomena, molecular genetics and gene mapping, neural control of cardiovascular function and pathophysiology of microcirculation. Faculty from other departments comprise a strong ancillary support group. Career options available with an advanced degree in anatomy or physiology include academic positions in various animal and human health science-related institutions such as Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as positions in industry and agribusiness.  (Additional information including a link to view the graduate faculty in this department and their research is available here.)

  • Clinical Sciences offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (Veterinary Biomedical Science in Clinical Science) degree. Graduate work in clinical sciences is conducted in various areas of specialization in clinical sciences and research based on the faculty expertise. The department, along with the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, has modern facilities and equipment for both basic and applied studies.

    The primary goal of graduate study programs in clinical science is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, or service in a clinical specialty area or research and development program. After completing graduate work, the student will be better prepared to conduct research both independently and as a team member. Adequate training in planning research projects and writing research proposals will give the student the ability to function with teams of scientists from the fields of biomedical and clinical sciences. The student's experience in teaching and literature study will form the basis for development of future teaching and research programs within his or her discipline.

    The Clinical Sciences area of emphasis for the Veterinary Biomedical Science master’s program can include graduate students, dual-degree students enrolled in the professional curriculum of the Veterinary College at Kansas State University, or concurrent residency-graduate programs.  (Additional information including a link to view the graduate faculty in this department and their research is available here.)

  • Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology is sufficiently diverse to provide the critical mass and cross-disciplinary interactions necessary to offer high quality graduate training, yet focused to avoid dilution of resources and conflicts with other graduate programs.  The scope and flexibility of the graduate program are notable strengths. Research laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and instruments to provide excellent opportunities for basic and applied research.  The primary goal of graduate study in the Pathobiology Area of Emphasis is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, or service in academic institutions, industries, or in state and federal agencies. The graduate study in Pathobiology is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary program.  (Additional information including al ink to view the graduate faculty in this department and their research is available here.)