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Study a graduate program in veterinary science

What will I study in a graduate veterinary program?

The veterinary profession has grown in the last century and is now an extremely popular industry. A graduate program in veterinary science is vital if you want to develop your career as a vet.

Veterinary science graduates are almost guaranteed a job at the end of their training. There is an acute shortage of vets in the UK, so employment rates for students are well above 90% at most veterinary schools. Most graduates go into general veterinary practices initially before heading into research or the state veterinary service.

Length of program

Depending on which country you study in, veterinary science postgraduate courses will vary in length. Here are some examples of country and length:

  • UK- 1-3 years
  • US – 1-3 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-3 years

Many graduate programs in veterinary science lead straight into general practice, but the ability to specialise in a particular field such as epidemiology or aquatic veterinary science means many graduates go into research.

Entry requirements

If you want to study a graduate program in veterinary science or a related subject, you will have to have a relevant undergraduate qualification in veterinary science or in a subject such as biology, chemistry or other related scientific subjects.

If you choose to study in a country with a different first language to your own, you may need to take a language course/test before admitted. For example, English language programs may ask you to complete a TOEFL or IELTS test.

Career development

A graduate program in veterinary science will leave you perfectly place to forge a career in the veterinary industry. However, the specialist training you get from a postgraduate program will allow you to specialise in a particular field or area of research. Many veterinary graduates choose to move out of private practices and work in the field, with plenty of opportunities to work abroad with more exotic animals.

Some jobs include:

  • Veterinary surgeon
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary scientist
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Lecturer in veterinary science
  • Laboratory assistant

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate veterinary science programs varies widely, depending on the country, the institution and the type of course. As this is a highly vocational degree with the need for access to technical tools and machinery, tuition fees are often higher than many other courses.  

Here are some examples of countries and how much their average biosciences postgraduate course will cost you:

  • UK £5,000 - £16,000 (national or international)
  • USA - $13,000- $30,000
  • China – RMB 17,000 - 36,000
  • Canada - $17,000 – $25,000

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