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Veterinary Biomedical Science

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Veterinary Biomedical Science (VBS) program at K-State Olathe provides students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge in animal health, and provides research opportunities in state-of-the art labs while students advance their careers in the animal health industry.

How can the Master of Science in Veterinary Biomedical Science program benefit my career?

The primary goal of this program is to elevate a student's career opportunities in the animal health industry, research at state and federal agencies, and teaching or service in academic institutions. The majority of students enrolled in the program are seeking advanced training to become top level scientists and senior level administrators.

What is the job market like?

  1. Currently one out of every three animal health jobs in the United States is based in the KC Animal Health Corridor, which stretches from Manhattan, KS to Columbia, MO. 
  2. Kansas City area companies account for nearly 32% of total sales in the global animal health market.
  3. Spending is expected to grow significantly for health-related products and medications for animals. Source

How flexible is the VBS program at K-State Olathe and can I work full-time?

Students enrolled in the program at K-State Olathe have the opportunity to pursue the Pathobiology track. This track is very flexible and requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. K-State Olathe is rolling out a blended format of online and on-ground coursework giving students the ability to work full-time and attend class. Current students are working full-time at Bayer, Merck, Pfizer, and Boehringer Ingelheim, to name a few. 

How long will it take to complete the Master of Science Veterinary Biomedical Science program at K-State Olathe?

A minimum of 30 semester hours of credit is required for completion of the thesis or report track option. Most students complete their degree in 2-3 years.

Whom do I contact to learn more?

To learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines, contact Admissions Representative at olatheapp@k-state.edu or 913-307-7373.



Student Andrew W.

"I chose K-State Olathe because it offers degrees relevant to the workforce needs in Kansas City. I'm in the animal health industry, which is huge and part of the animal health corridor here in the metro. The classes are offered at times and in ways that fit into a working professional's schedule."

- Andrew W.

Learn more about the Veterinary Biomedical Sciences program.

kstate veterinary biomedical sciences ranked #19 in US
The K-State VBS master's program is  ranked #19 in the nation.