What is the Master of Veterinary Science (MVSc)?

The MVSc offers you a higher degree qualification that will enhance your previous veterinary studies in a general disciplinary area and qualify you for enrolment in a higher degree. The major currently offered is Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology.

Choose the Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology major to build your knowledge in the pathology and modern fields of infectious disease diagnosis, molecular pathology as well as veterinary diagnostic techniques. You will learn about the pathogenesis of diseases and improve your diagnostic techniques for the purposes of disease control, prevention and public health. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to become a veterinary pathologist with enhanced research and diagnostic skills. You will also undertake a research projects and investigate a subject area working closely with academic staff members experienced in research.

Our postgraduate program has been developed by specialist academics and in consultation with industry and include the latest research developments to ensure you receive the most relevant, up-to-date knowledge and expertise so you will graduate ready for a fulfilling and rewarding career as a veterinary science professional.

Program overview

You will gain theoretical and practical experience in the state-of-the-art teaching, diagnostic and research facilities at the Gatton campus, working with specialists in the field, to become confident and job-ready on graduation.

Lectures will introduce you to key information and knowledge on veterinary pathology and diagnosis of infectious diseases, while developing the skills needed in a laboratory and gaining hands-on experience of diagnostic techniques thorough the practical elements of the program will.

You will submit written work and give presentations, learn to carry out literature searches and analyse research literature, and undertake your own independent study in your spare time.

Sample course list

  • Advanced veterinary topic (pathology of body systems and toxicology)
  • Veterinary diagnostic laboratory techniques
  • Directed studies in molecular genetics
  • Molecular biology laboratory
  • Diagnostic pathology
  • Graduate research project

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Career opportunities

Choosing Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology as a major, you will be qualified to work in the field of diagnosis of animal diseases, as well as in teaching and research pertaining to this field, or as a consultant for disease control. You may work in diagnostic laboratories (including private or government owned laboratories, contract laboratories, zoos or wildlife agencies), academic institutions, industry (pharmaceutical, biotechnological, chemical) or government agencies dealing with animal disease control.

As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, communication, presentation, teamwork and problem-solving skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.

Contact us

Email your enquiry to vetenquiries@uq.edu.au.

The Master of Veterinary Science Program Coordinator is Associate Professor Ricardo Soares Magalhaes.