Master’s Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (CIP 01.8110, STEM) (New)

The Master’s of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) program prepares veterinarians for leadership roles in management or research of diseases in livestock, poultry, and wildlife populations in Florida, USA, and globally. Main areas of emphasis are livestock health, food safety, and wildlife health in populations.

The MPVM is a non-thesis program structured to be completed in one or two years. Only veterinarians (DVM degree or equivalent) will be eligible to enroll in the program.

Total number of credit hours: 30

Required courses: 12 credits in courses listed below (plus six additional credits in VME courses):

Veterinary Epidemiology (3 credits)
VME 6771 Veterinary Epidemiologic Research (3 credits; Fall).

Biostatistics (3 credits)
STA 6166 Statistical Methods in Research I or equivalent (3 credits; Fall, Spring).

Department/college graduate seminars (2 credits)
Options in CVM VME 6937L VMS Graduate Seminar Series (1 credit; Spring).
VME 6932 Physiological Sciences Seminar Series (1 credit; Fall, Spring).
VME 6933 Seminars in Infectious Diseases & Immunology (1 credit; Fall, Spring).
VME 6934 Interdisciplinary Seminars in Reproduction and Production Medicine (1 credit; Fall, Spring).

Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
VME 6767 Issues in the Responsible Conduct of Research (Fall).

Capstone Project (3 credits)
VME 6905 Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences. In a capstone project, the MPVM student investigates a health problem in livestock, poultry, or wildlife populations in Florida, USA, or globally. The proposed capstone project can be an observational study, experimental study, or a systematic review (combined or not with a meta-analysis).

The proposed capstone project must be reviewed/approved by the UF CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies (before the student can enroll in VME 6905 capstone project credits). The student should complete and send an application form to the CVM ORGS at s.rubinstein@ufl.edu and hernandezja@ufl.edu at least 10 business days before the semester starts.

The student must complete adequate graduate level coursework in order to formulate, implement, and evaluate the capstone project of interest. Similarly, a supervisory committee member must have research experience (e.g., one or more peer-reviewed research publications) in methods and techniques used by the student in proposed capstone project, and be willing to provide guidance during the formulation, implementation, and evaluation stages of the project.

The student is required to present results of the capstone project at a CVM seminar open to the public. The seminar should be scheduled at least 15 business days in advance through the CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies at s.rubinstein@ufl.edu.

Academic Plan (an example selected track in livestock health)

*Up to nine credits can be transferred from a veterinary degree from approved institutions; requires approval by UF CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
**Other elective courses may apply. Please reach out to the course director to confirm the course will be offered in the selected semester:
VME 6014 Marine Mammal Biology (3 credits; Fall, Spring)
VME 6070 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Biomedical Research (2 credits; Spring)
VME 6140 Mucosal Immunology Journal Club (1 credit; Fall)
VME 6195 Wildlife Virology: Emerging Wildlife Viruses of Veterinary and Zoonotic Importance (3 credits; Spring)
VME 6464 Molecular Pathogenesis (3 semesters; Spring)
VME 6505 Auto Immunity (1 credit; Fall)
VME 6508 Veterinary Virology: Mol & Evolutionary Biol of Animal Viruses (3 credits; Spring)
VME 6907 Microbial Virulence Journal Club (1 credit; Spring)
VME 6938 Topics in Aquatic Animal Health (1 credit; Fall)
ANS 6775 Essentials of Livestock Immunology (1 credit, Spring)


*Up to nine credits can be transferred from a veterinary degree from approved institutions; requires approval by UF CVM Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
**Other elective courses may apply. Please reach out to course director to confirm the course will be offered in selected semester.

VME 6014 Marine Mammal Biology (3 credits; Fall, Spring).
VME 6070 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis in Biomedical Research (2 credits; Spring)
VME 6140 Mucosal Immunology Journal Club (1 credit; Fall)
VME 6195 Wildlife Virology: Emerging Wildlife Viruses of Veterinary and Zoonotic Importance (3 credits; Spring)
VME 6464 Molecular Pathogenesis (3 semesters; Spring)
VME 6505 Auto Immunity (1 credit; Fall)
VME 6508 Veterinary Virology: Mol & Evolutionary Biol of Animal Viruses (3 credits; Spring)
VME 6907 Microbial Virulence Journal Club (1 credit; Spring)
VME 6938 Topics in Aquatic Animal Health (1 credit; Fall)
ANS 6775 Essentials of Livestock Immunology (1 credit; Spring)

PHC7595 Introduction to Molecular Epidemiology (3 credits; Fall)

For More Information

For further guidance and assistance, you can reach out to our CVM Director of Graduate Education Dr. Jorge Hernandez or CVM Academic Program Specialist Sara Rubinstein in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

Jorge A Hernandez
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Jorge A Hernandez DVM, MPVM, PhD

CVM Director Of Graduate Education; Professor
Phone: (352) 294-4305
Sara Rubinstein
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE

Sara Rubinstein

Academic Program Specialist (Graduate Programs: MS/PhD)
Phone: (352) 294-4241

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