Masters Degrees in Veterinary Sciences study the needs, welfare, medical care and treatment of animals, including domestic pets, livestock and wildlife.
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).
Why study a Masters in Veterinary Science?
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.