University of Missouri
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Overview

The 30-hour master of science degree in biomedical sciences is designed to emphasize interdisciplinary approaches in biomedical research, with an emphasis in veterinary medicine and animal surgery.

As one of the first completely online master's degrees in biomedical sciences, this flexible program permits you to advance your education part-time while allowing you to remain in the workforce and avoid the expense of relocating to study.

The degree is designed for veterinarians, veterinary technologists (bachelor's degree graduates), and biological science bachelor's degree graduates with an interest in veterinary medicine or veterinary science. Graduates of this online program will understand the basic scientific principles related to veterinary and biomedical sciences including: physiology, pathology, toxicology, pathobiology, cytology, clinical chemistry and cell biology.

The program provides in-depth training to prepare scientists in interdisciplinary basic research (molecular, cellular, organ and integrative) and can also be used for your career preparation in science education, biomedical research and for preparation for doctoral studies in the biomedical sciences. In addition to allowing you to seek new career opportunities, this graduate program can also help prepare you if you are a veterinarian working on your residency or specialty boards.

Departmental faculty members represent diverse medical-related science disciplines that provide a unique opportunity for biomedical research training. Core courses include physiology, cell biology and an introduction to research methodology. The multidisciplinary focus of the program is also emphasized in your master of science program committee.

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians with their masters' degrees can excel in careers that include:

  • academia
  • research, and
  • veterinary medical industries.

In addition, master's degrees are required or advantageous to acquire employment in:

  • academic veterinary medicine
  • veterinary journalism
  • veterinary medical industries
  • governmental agencies
  • pharmaceutical industries
  • animal feed companies
  • research

If you are a vet tech and aspire to be a supervisor in a specialty hospital or research laboratory or to teach at a vet tech training school/college, this program could help you advance to the next stage of your career.