MS Curriculum

Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine (MS VetMed)

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.

UPLB Graduate School Admission Policies

Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements

Master’s Degree General Rules and Requirements

The Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine consists of 9 units of core courses1, 10 units of major courses2, 9 units of minor courses3 and 6 units of thesis4 – for a total of 34 units. Presently, 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.

There are core courses and courses under the different major areas of specialization.

Description of Courses in the Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine Curriculum


Master in Veterinary Epidemiology (MVE)

The MVE program is designed to prepare veterinarians and other animal health professionals to design and implement epidemiological studies and surveillance system; apply epidemiological principles and methods to risk analysis, surveillance, prevention and control of diseases in animal populations; evaluate the risks and relevant factors pertaining to specific diseases and to formulate an appropriate prevention or control strategy or a research study; manage, analyze and interpret animal health data; and communicate effectively the results of an assessment, surveillance or investigation to appropriate groups involved in animal or human health, key policy makers, farmers, the media and the public. 

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. 

The MVE requires all students to earn a total of 30 units for graduation. At least 18 units of major courses, 3 units of Special Topics (VEPI 291), 6 units of Field Project (VEPI 295) and 3 units elective must be earned. The major courses are VEPI 221, VEPI 222, VEPI 223, VEPI 224, VEPI 225 and STAT 264. The electives can be chosen from the following: VEPI 226, VEPI 227, VEPI 228, VPH 222, DM 220, SPPS 202, LGD 210, DEVC 201, DEVC 202, DEVC 261, AECON 111, AECON 241

Students begin the program with 6 units of required courses in summer. The Field project may be in the form of a research study, a case study, risk analysis study, a program evaluation or a scientific epidemiological report on animal disease and will be presented and defended orally before a panel. Students shall submit a paper in publishable form as a requirement for graduation. 

Description of Master in Veterinary Epidemiology (MVE)