Masters Degrees in Veterinary Medicine study the medical care and treatment of animals. These courses offer a range of opportunities for specialisation. You could learn to treat domestic pets in veterinary practice, focus on agricultural species or even become an expert on wider animal welfare issues such as the conservation and management of wild species.
Courses may have an academic or professional focus, awarding MSc, MRes and MPhil degrees as well as accredited qualifications approved by bodies such as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (in the UK).
The most obvious career choice with a Veterinary Science Masters is to become a vet and enter professional practice. This isn't the only option for veterinary postgraduates, however and even here there are a wide range of pathways available.
You could specialise in the treatment of domestic pets such as cats and dogs, or focus on more exotic species such as fish, reptiles and invertebrates. Alternatively, you might choose to become an expert in treating and caring for agricultural livestock - working independently with farmers, or as part of a larger agribusiness concern. Other potential employers include zoos, stables or nature reserves.
Outside of core veterinary practice opportunities exist to work on environmental issues involving animals, such as habitat protection and the protection of endangered species.
Approximately 67% of people with a Masters in Veterinary Medicine are known to be in full-time employment six months after graduation, whilst 22% are in further study. The remainder are involved in part-time employment, voluntary activities or other pursuits.
Popular careers with a Masters in Veterinary Medicine include:
Popular specialisms for Masters Degrees in Veterinary Medicine include: