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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 elevate their careers in the field.


K-State Olathe offers thesis and non-thesis options in a variety of emphasis areas. Courses cover the following topics:

Infectious Diseases

  • Introduction to One Health
  • Global Health Issues
  • Global Animal Health Industry
  • Domestic Animal Immunology
  • Veterinary Virology
  • Veterinary Bacteriology & Mycology
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Trade and Agricultural Health
  • Globalization, Cooperation, and the Food Trade
Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics

  • Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Regulatory Aspects of Drug and Vaccine Development in the Animal Health Industry
  • Regulatory Affairs Seminar 

Professional Communications and Business
  • Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Biomedical Research
  • Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation
  • Scholarship in a Busy Age
  • Business Project Management 

Statistical Analysis and Experimental Design
  • Fundamental Methods of Biostatistics
  • Introduction to Statistical Methods for the Sciences
  • Design and Interpretation of Production Livestock Field Trials
  • Design of Experiments
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Regression and Correlation Analysis
  • Experimental Designs for Product Development and Quality Improvement


• Graduate School Application

• GRE test scores (recommended)

• Official transcripts for all college-level course work

• Statement of objectives 

• Three letters of recommendation

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?

This program 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. Most current students are working full-time in the animal health industry. 

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, and you can take up to six years to complete the degree.

Whom do I contact to learn more?

To learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines, contact the 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.

Program brochure

VBS brochure

Download the brochure for this academic program (pdf format).