College of Veterinary Medicine

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience

Veterinary Science

Lt. Col. John Poppe ('81), on duty in Iraq.
Poppe earned a DVM from WSU and is
commissioned in the U.S. Army
Veterinary Corp, Airborne Unit.

Introduction to Veterinary Science
Degrees Offered: M.S., Ph.D.

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers the Master of Science (M.S.) in Veterinary Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Veterinary Science. The College encourages specialization in some field of veterinary science. Examples of areas of specialization are anatomy, anesthesiology, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, microbiology, pathology, immunology, internal medicine, clinical pathology, radiology, on medicine. The M.S. program is designed to provide broad training in the specific aspects of veterinary science and related disciplines in order to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and service. It is a research oriented program emphasizing the acquisition of theoretical understanding of a field and or research skills in preparation for additional education (doctoral) or a career in teaching and research.

The objectives for the Ph.D. level training are to prepare the candidate for a career as an independent investigator (i.e., can compete for NIH, NSF and USDA grants as the principal investigator). In the combined residency/Ph.D. programs, the candidate will also gain experience and competence sufficient to qualify for board certification in a desired veterinary medical specialty. The methods for achieving the Ph.D. training objectives are:
  1. Didactic course work including biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology and statistics. A total of 72 semester hours including research and thesis of which 34 hours must be graduate-level course work are required. Research training:
  2. Major professors have pre-existing extramurally funded research programs to which the graduate student associates.
    Major professors and committee members have successful track records in training students.
  3. Trainees are encouraged to publish their research work not only in traditional veterinary journals, but in other high quality journals (e.g., Science, Nature, Proc. Natl., Academy of Science, J. Virology, J. Reproduction Fert., J. Immunology, J. Neurobiol., Neuroendocrinology, Am. J. Phys., Equine Exercise Phys., J. Appl. Phys., Biol. Reprod.)


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