MS in Veterinary Medicine
MS in Veterinary Medicine

Through the UPLB Graduate School, CVM offers a two-year Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine program with nine areas of specialization. The graduate program intends to strengthen the students’ capabilities and competence to teach and conduct research in various fields of veterinary medicine. It is designed to provide a multi-disciplinary program from which the graduate student can choose an area of specialization and other areas of interest to broaden his knowledge in veterinary medicine. The courses in this program are interdepartmental offerings so that students will have various options to attain their career goals. It has a wide range of graduate courses to choose from both in the College of Veterinary Medicine and other units of the UP System.

The Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine consists of nine units of core courses, 10 units of major courses, nine units of minor courses, and six units of thesis – for a total of 34 units. The program has nine major areas of specialization as follows: Veterinary Anatomy, Veterinary Internal Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Physiology, Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Surgery, and Theriogenology.

Prospective Students

DVM graduate from the academe, animal industry, private, and government industries and private practice.


  • Join various government agencies (DA, DENR, DOH, and the like) and local government units
  • Teach in universities and colleges in the country and region
  • Join international organizations concerned with animal or human health (OIE, WHO, FAO)
  • Work in research laboratories in public and private institutions
  • Work in private companies engaged in animal production and animal breeding activities
  • Engage in food animal practice
  • Pursue graduate studies in related/relevant degree programs

Requirements and Mechanics to Graduate

The admission requirements of the Graduate School shall be followed. In addition, applicants shall be holders of DVM or related degree in life sciences from any recognized institution and with at least one year experience in veterinary or related practice.

Courses and Descriptions

Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences

VETA 201
ADVANCED  MACROSCOPIC ANATOMY  OF THE DOG (3 units). Detailed description of the macroscopic anatomy of the dog

VETA 202
ADVANCED COMPARATIVE ANATOMY (3 units). Detailed description and comparison of the macroscopic anatomy of the pig, horse, chicken and cattle (or sheep, goat or carabao)

VETA 203
APPLIED ANATOMY (3 units). Anatomical features essential to diagnostic, surgical, theriogenological and postmortem procedures

VETA 204
ADVANCED MICROSCOPIC ANATOMY (4 units). Detailed description of the histology and ultrastructure of tissues and organs in various species of domestic animals

VETA 205
NEUROANATOMY (3 units). Structure and function of the nervous system; anatomical diagnosis of neurological disorders

VETA 207
HISTOLOGICAL AND ELECTRON MICROSCOPIC TECHNIQUES (3 units). Techniques in the preparation of animal tissues, microbes and parasites for light and electron microscopy

VPHM 241      
PHYSIOLOGICAL DISPOSITIONS OF XENOBIOTICS (3 units). Absorption, distribution, biotransformation, excretion, and pharmacokinetics of drugs and poisons in vertebrates

VPHM 242  
VETERINARY TOXICOLOGY (2 units). Clinical aspects of common poisoning that affect domestic animals with emphasis on selected and heavy metal poisonings

VPHY 241       
PHYSIOLOGICAL     BIOCHEMISTRY    (3 units).   Biochemical  principles  as  related to interpretation of normal  and  altered  physiological  state  in  domestic mammals and birds and other appropriate animal models

VPHY 242       
ANIMAL  CELL  PHYSIOLOGY (2 units). Structural and functional aspects of molecular and subcellular processes in higher animals

VPHY 243       
ADVANCED   MAMMALIAN  PHYSIOLOGY    (3  units).  The physiology   of   excitable tissues; cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, and autonomic nervous systems, and acid-base balance

VPHY 244       
NEUROPHYSIOLOGY AND NEURO-ENDOCRINOLOGY (2 units). Fundamental processes of nerves, muscles, and synapses; physiology of locomotion and  motor  control,  pain and  reflex  activities associated with somatic  and   autonomic  functions;   anatomical,  biochemical  and physiological   aspects   of   control of endocrine organs by the nervous systems

VPHY 245       
MECHANISMS OF  HORMONE  ACTION  (2  units).  Cellular and molecular actions of steroid and peptide hormones; recent techniques in hormone research

VPHY 247       
EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY (2 units). Methods in experimental animal physiology

VMCB 221      
APPLIED IMMUNOLOGY (2 units). Veterinary immunodiagnostic techniques; principles, applications, limitations and interpretation of results

VMCB 222      
CLINICAL  MICROBIOLOGY   (2   units). Isolation, cultivation and identification of pathogenic bacteria and fungi affecting the domestic animals

VMCB 223      
BACTERIAL AND VIRAL PATHOGENS OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS (4 units). Characteristics of pathogenic bacteria and viruses relevant to their pathogenesis, epidemiology and control in domestic animals

VMCB 224      
VETERINARY MYCOLOGY (2). Cultivation and identification of pathogenic fungi of veterinary importance

VMCB 225      
ADVANCES IN VETERINARY IMMUNOLOGY (2 units). Current research and development in veterinary immunology

VMCB 226      
ADVANCES   IN   VETERINARY   VIROLOGY (2 units). Current research and development in veterinary immunology

VMCB 227      
VETERINARY ANAEROBIC BACTERIOLOGY (2 units). Isolation, cultivation and identification of anaerobes affecting domestic animals

VMCB 229 (or MBB 229)
BIOTECHNOLOGY IN IMMUNOPROPHYLAXIS AND DIAGNOSTICS OF ANIMAL DISEASES (2 units). Principles and applications of biotechnological advances in vaccine design and development and veterinary diagnostics

VPAR 231
ADVANCED VETERINARY ENTOMOLOGY (3 units). Arthropods of medical and   veterinary   importance   and   their   relation   to   animal   host and environment; control and prevention

VPAR 232
ADVANCED VETERINARY HELMINTHOLOGY (3). Relationship of helminth parasites   to   their   host   and   environment;     immune   response     to     parasitic infection; advances in treatment and control

VPAR 233
ADVANCED VETERINARY PROTOZOOLOGY (2 units). Parasitic protozoa and their relation to animal host and environment; control and prevention

VPAR 234
IMMUNOLOGY   OF   PARASITIC   INFECTIONS   (2 units). Parasitic antigens; immunodiagnostic test in clinical parasitology, immune reactions to parasitic protozoa, helminth and arthropods; evasion of the immune response and principles of immunoprophylaxis

VPAR 235
CLINICAL PARASITOLOGY (2 units). Diagnostic techniques, differentiation of ova, larvae, cysts, adult worms and other parasitic forms

VPAR 236
SYSTEMIC HELMINTHOLOGY (3 units). Taxonomy and nomenclature of helminth parasites

VPTH 221

BIOLOGY AND HUSBANDRY OF LABORATORY ANIMALS (2 units). Biology, production, and management of common laboratory animals and their use in biomedical research

VPTH 222
VETERINARY      NECROPSY    (2   units).      Postmortem    examination,       interpretation and diagnosis; collection, preservation and packing of specimens for laboratory examinations

VPTH 223
HISTOPATHOLOGY (2 units). Light microscopic examination of cellular changes and tissue reaction to injurious agents with emphasis on lesion description, morphologic and etiologic diagnosis

VPTH 224     
CLINICAL BIOCHEMISTRY (2 units). Measurements of various chemical constituents of body fluids and electrolytes; analysis and interpretation of results with emphasis on clinical enzymology

VPTH 225.1  
COMPARATIVE   PATHOLOGY   I   (2 units). Etiology, gross and microscopic tissue   alterations,   interpretation   and   diagnosis of diseases affecting domestic animals, wildlife, and aquatic animals      

VPTH 226     
PATHOLOGY OF MICROBIAL INFECTIONS (2 units). Etiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of common microbial diseases affecting domestic animals

VPTH 227     
PATHOLOGY OF PARASITIC INFECTIONS (2 units). Etiology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of common parasitic diseases affecting domestic animals

VPH 222
MICROBIAL   AND   PARASITIC   ZOONOSES   (3   units). Biological, ecological and epidemiological features of microbial and parasitic infections transmissible between man and vertebrate animals

VPH 223
VETERINARY EPIDEMIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION OF FOODBORNE DISEASES (2 units). Principles and techniques in the epidemiological investigation of foodborne illness of man and or animals from foods of animal origin

VPH 224
VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS IN FOODS OF ANIMAL ORIGIN (2 units).   Veterinary public health concerns in the production, processing, handling and inspection of animal-derived foods

VPH 227
ADVANCED EPIDEMIOLOGY (2 units). Design and conduct of epidemiological investigation; statistical methods for organization, presentation, and analysis of epidemiological data; critical evaluation of published epidemiological researches on public health

VPH 228
ENVIRONMENTAL SANITATION IN ANIMAL INDUSTRIES (2 units). Causes, effects and control of environmental pollution with emphasis on pollution from   animals,   farms,   abattoirs,   processing   plants and other related agricultural and industrial establishments

VMED 253      
ADVANCED EQUINE MEDICINE (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases and disorders of horses

VMED 254      
ADVANCED SWINE MEDICINE (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases and disorders of pigs

VMED 255      
ADVANCED POULTRY MEDICINE (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases and disorders of poultry

VMED 256      
ADVANCED   RUMINANT MEDICINE   (3 units).   Recent   and   advanced techniques in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases and disorders of cattle, buffaloes, sheep and goats

VMED 261      
COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE VETERINARY MEDICINE (3 units). Nonconventional,    traditional   and   new   approaches,   methods and techniques in the diagnosis and therapy of diseases and disorders of animals

VMED 291      
SPECIAL TOPICS IN VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE (1-3 units). May be repeated twice provided that the total number of units to be credited to the student’s program will not exceed 3 units

VMED 299      

VMED 300      


VSUR 251 
VETERINARY ANESTHESIA (3 units). Application of different methods of analgesia and anesthesia in surgical procedure

VSUR 253
ADVANCED EQUINE SURGERY (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in equine surgery

VSUR 254
VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC ULTRASOUND (3 units). Analysis and interpretation of diagnostic ultrasound in different species of animals

VSUR 256
ADVANCED    RUMINANT SURGERY   (3   units).    Recent   and advanced techniques in bovine, bubaline, caprine and ovine surgery

VTHE 251
LABORATORY      ANIMAL     THERIOGENOLOGY     (3 units).   Recent   and  advanced techniques in theriogenology of laboratory animals 

VTHE 253
ADVANCED EQUINE THERIOGENOLOGY (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in theriogenology of horses

VTHE 254
ADVANCED PORCINE THERIOGENOLOGY (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in theriogenology of pigs

VTHE 256
ADVANCED BOVINE AND BUBALINE THERIOGENOLOGY (3 units). Recent and advanced techniques in theriogenology of cattle and buffaloes

VTHE 257       
ADVANCED OVINE AND CAPRINE THERIOGENOLOGY (2 units). Recent and advanced techniques in theriogenology of sheep and goats