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Master’s Degree Course Schedule

Core Courses - Required

Course # Course Credits Semester
VME 6810 Integrating Veterinary Medicine with Shelter Systems 3 Spring/Summer/Fall
VME 6811 Shelter Animal Physical Health 3 Spring/Fall
VME 6812 Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare 3 Spring/Summer/Fall
VME 6575 Veterinary Forensic Medicine 3 Fall

Additional Requirements

MS students are expected to (1) meet with their online advisors at least once annually to review progress; (2) keep an e-portfolio to document their learning and professional growth; and (3) to develop and present a Capstone Project approved by their advisors in the final semester of their program.

A course or workshop that covers writing in the sciences—such as ENC 5319, Writing Workshop, or OpenEdX Writing in the Sciences—is required (up to 3 credits).

Course # Course Credits Semester
ENC 5319 Scholarly Writing for Publication 3
VME 6934 Scientific Poster Writing Workshop 1 Spring/Summer/Fall
OR Other course or workshop: Variable


Students can choose to complete (non-required) certificates in Veterinary Forensics Sciences, Nonprofit Leadership, and/or Public Health.

The below courses are available as electives regardless of completion of the corresponding certificate (18–21 credits).

III-a. Certificate in Veterinary Forensics Sciences Credits Semester
VME 6051 Cruelty to Animals and Interpersonal Violence 3 Spring
VME 6052 Animal Crime Scene Processing 3 Summer
VME 6054 Scientific and Legal Principles of Forensics Evidence 3 Spring
ENY 6706 Forensic Entomology 3 Fall
III-b. Certificate in Non-profit Leadership Credits Semester
FYC 6421 Non-profit Organizations 3 Fall
FYC 6905 Human Resource Management for Non-profits 3 Summer
FYC 6424 Fundraising for Community Non-profit Organizations 3 Spring
FYC 6425 Risk Management in Non-profit Organizations 3 Fall
III-c. Certificate in Public Health with Emphasis in Veterinary Public Health Credits Semester
PHC 6313 Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health 3 Spring (every year)/Summer (odd years only)
PHC 6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health 3 Spring/Summer
PHC 6519 Zoonotic Disease in Humans and Animals 3 Spring/Summer
PHC 6183 Disaster Preparedeness and Emergency Response 3 Summer/Fall
PHC 6002 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease (prerequisites PHC 6001, PHC 6050) 3 Summer
PHC 6316 Health, Risk, and Crisis Communication in Public Health 3 Summer
PHC 6050 Statistical Methods for Health Science 1 3 Spring
III-d. Other Electives Credits Semester
VME 6934 Topics in Veterinary Medical Science: Introduction to Veterinary Disaster Response 1 Spring/Summer/Fall
VME 6934 Topics in Veterinary Medical Science: Community Cat Management 1 TBD (1 week)
VME 6571 Forensic Applied Animal Behavior 3 Fall
VME 6615 Veterinary Forensic Toxicology 3 Summer
VME 6056 Animal Law 3 Spring
VME 6572 Forensic Aspects of Agricultural Animal Welfare 3 Spring
VME 6576 Veterinary Forensic Pathology
*open to veterinarians only
3 Summer
VME 6800 Welfare & Wellness for Pets & People 3 Summer
VME 6XXX Shelter Population Management by the Metrics 3 Summer
VME 6905 Problems in Veterinary Medical Sciences 1 Intermittently
VME 6934 Animal Shelter Population Management by the Metrics 3 Spring
VME 6934 Teaching Clinical Skills in Animal Shelters 3 Spring
VME 6934 Special Topics (Non-Thesis students: 1-3 credits required in final semester in order to present Capstone Projects) 1-3 Spring/Summer/Fall
WIS 6576 Human-Wildlife Conflict 3 Summer
WIS 6421 Wildlife Toxicology: The Ecohealth Perspective 3 Fall
WIS 6553 Wildlife Forensic Pathology 3 Fall
WIS 6425 Carrion Ecology & Evolution 3 Summer
WIS 6556 Trade in Wild Resources 3 TBD
VME 6580 Cybercrime in Wildlife Investigations 3 Fall
VME 6813 Behavioral Health of Shelter Dogs and Cats 3 TBD
VME 6816 The Role of the Animal Shelter In Community and Public Health 3 TBD
VME 6818 Planning High quality High Volume Spay Neuter Programs 3 TBD
VME 6939 Topics in International Shelter Medicine 3 TBD
VME 6XXX Humane Euthanasia in Animal Shelters 3 TBD

Notes: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program in order to graduate.


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