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Masters degrees in Animal Pathology study the effect that disease has on the animal body, looking at how illness can be diagnosed, treated and prevented.
Animal Pathology is an important part of Veterinary Science, and related specialisms include Animal Anatomy, Animal Physiology and Animal Pharmacy. Entry requirements usually involve an undergraduate degree in a relevant biological subject, or an appropriate qualification in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.
By studying the effect of various kinds of disease on animals, you’ll be performing vital research that may even be applicable to humans. You’ll study a range of both infectious and non-infectious diseases, looking at areas such as vaccinology, immunopathology, oncology and toxicology. You may use animal models to assess the impact of human and non-human disease.
Courses might also give you the opportunity to focus on a particular class of animal, such as companion animals, wildlife, livestock or zoo creatures.
Career prospects are broad, ranging from consultancy positions with non-government organisations (NGOS) and charities through to places at medical research institutes and jobs with pharmaceutical companies.
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