Welcome to the Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences and the graduate program in Animal Biosciences.
Our program is designed to provide fundamental training in basic and applied research toward a graduate degree in Animal Biosciences. We seek highly motivated, outstanding students interested in pursuing an accelerated Master’s degree, a traditional Master’s degree, or a doctoral degree. Interested students should review the information in each of the sections below.
After determining an area of specialization, students are guided by their research mentor and a graduate advisory committee in designing a program of study that will develop knowledge and skills appropriate to the student's professional and career objectives. Our program prepares students for careers in basic or applied animal sciences, working at universities, colleges, government agencies, private industry, or public health education programs.
UVM graduate students enjoy access to a variety of excellent facilities across campus. The nearby Miller research facility houses a small dairy herd and is used for studies involving livestock. Animal facilities on campus facilitate research with animal models such as genetically-modified rodents. Several faculty members within Animal & Veterinary Sciences are affiliated with the Vermont Cancer Center or have connections with research faculty at the Larner College of Medicine. Students have access to state-of-the-art core facilities including imaging, genomic and proteomic sequencing, biostatistics, instrumentation, and advanced computing.
Prospective students are encouraged to review the key areas of research pursued in the department and contact potential faculty mentors. Research faculty lead projects in the following areas: nutrition, metabolism, lactation, reproduction, genetics, animal health, food safety, and food technology. During the application process, you will be asked to name at least one and up to three potential graduate program advisors. In general, admission to our program, and obtaining a graduate teaching or research assistantship from our university requires endorsement from a potential faculty mentor in our department. We offer a strong training program with a limited number of assistantships available each year, therefore, admission is highly competitive. Please review the information below to see if our graduate program is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for our program.