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Veterinary Biomedical Science

Program Overview

The M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science program prepares early-career students for jobs related to animal health and provides advanced training for working professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills in animal health. Students learn about animal physiology and important diseases affecting animals today, while developing a stronger appreciation for animals and their relevance to human health. Graduates also are prepared to be the next generation of leaders
in animal health — having the interdisciplinary skills in technology, business and more to solve problems in industry, academic institutions or governmental agencies.

With the thesis and non-thesis options and a variety of emphasis areas in the program, students can design an advanced degree that best ts their interests and professional goals.

Program features

• Work with experts in a variety of disciplines.

• Tailored for working professionals with evening, weekend, online and on-campus class options.

• Immediately start coursework before becoming fully enrolled in the program.

• Flexible, customizable program of study.


K-State Olathe offers thesis and non-thesis options in a variety of emphasis areas. Students may select an emphasis area or choose a variety of electives to diversify skills and knowledge. A minimum of 30-credit hours per semester is required to complete the veterinary biomedical science degree.

Infectious Diseases

• Introduction to One Health

• Global Health Issues

• Global Animal Health Industry

• Domestic Animal Immunology

• Veterinary Virology

• Veterinary Bacteriology and 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

Career Pathways

By gaining increased knowledge and skills in animal health through the program, graduates are prepared for careers in the animal health industry, an academic institution or at a state or federal agency. 

A majority of our enrolled students are seeking advanced training to become top-level scientists and senior-level scientists. 

Employment in the region

  • Currently, one out of every three animal health jobs in the U.S. is based in the KC Animal Health Corridor, which stretches from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri. 

  • Kansas City area companies account for nearly 32 percent of total sales in the global animal health market.

  • Spending is expected to grow significantly for health-related products and medications for animals.


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


Is there a graduate admission test or GRE required?

GRE scores provide supporting evidence of quali cation. However, the GRE may be waived with two years of industry experience.


What kind of undergraduate training prepares students for this program?

Sufficient training in biology, strong background in biochemistry and documented academic achievement are important requirements. Most incoming students have degrees in animal science, microbiology, biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics or food science.


When should I begin the application process as a degree-seeking student?

You should begin the application process for admissions at least three months prior to the semester you are applying for.


Download the admissions requirements guide to help you in the admissions process.

• Graduate School Application

• GRE test scores (recommended)

• Official transcripts for all college-level course work

• Statement of objectives 

• Three letters of recommendation

More Information

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.

Admissions Guide

See a two-page pdf of the admissions requirements to this program.
M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science