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About Master of Veterinary Science

About MVS

The Master of Veterinary Science degree offers a comprehensive and flexible program with four elective tracks: Foundations of Veterinary Science, Companion Animal Nutrition, Livestock Operations Management, and Systems Health Management. The program is available both online, with a flexible timeframe tailored to students’ needs, and on-campus, which can be completed in one year.

A standout feature of the program is the capstone project, designed to foster innovation by integrating theory, practical experience, research, data analytics, and critical thinking. This project addresses real-world problems, showcasing students’ creativity and problem-solving skills.

The program is uniquely positioned at the intersection of animal health, data analytics, and business management, aiming to cultivate the next generation of leaders. Engaging with faculty boasting over 25 years of experience outside the University of Illinois, students benefit from their expertise in managing livestock operations and developing veterinary medicine curriculums. Courses are structured around clinical and business cases, with assessments tailored for real-world problem application.

Students collaborate with peers from diverse educational backgrounds and various roles within animal health and veterinary space.

Program objectives include the critical analysis of disruption, the development of a methodical approach to data collection and interpretation, the design and presentation of solutions for managing or preventing disruptions, sharing outcomes to enhance profitability, building a global professional network, and acquiring the leadership skills needed to excel in the industry. Overall, the Master of Veterinary Science program provides a holistic and practical education, preparing students to be leaders.

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