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Master of Specialized
Veterinary Medicine


The creation of the non-thesis master's degree track (MSpVM) for the Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program was proposed to enhance scholarship and competitiveness of veterinarians completing advanced specialty training at the College. These programs are designed to provide experiences appropriate for certification in the specialty College related to their area of study. Clinical and diagnostic material handled through the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and affiliated units will provide the basis for this training. Courses will incorporate seminars, rounds and journal club activities; individual supervised training; independent study programs; and basic statistics and ethics. Many of the programs will require a project, publication, and oral exam to be completed as part of the requirements.

This optional track features an interdepartmental, multidisciplinary approach to graduate training with participating graduate faculty from all three departments of the College of Veterinary Medicine. These faculty represent a variety of discipline areas and will offer advanced training leading to the Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine.

Each MSpVM student will have a unique graduate training program focused in his/her clinical specialty area and directed by a graduate committee comprising faculty experts from this clinical specialty and other specialty areas.

Application Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: The MSpVM program is reserved for individuals who have been accepted into an NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine residency program. A residency position should be secured before making application to this program through the Graduate School.

Applicants must have a DVM/VMD degree from an accredited program and have a documented history of academic excellence. All applicants must meet minimum criteria for acceptance into the NC State University Graduate School and be selected for participation in the track by the faculty of the specialty area identified by the applicant. Applicants must be graduates of a college of veterinary medicine and have a previous history of documented academic excellence. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores may be required by specific specialty areas.

Committee decisions will be based on academic performance while enrolled in a DVM/VMD program, letters of recommendation, professional experience, and perceived ability of the individual to complement the needs of our training program. Students selected through the matching program will be guaranteed a place in the MSpVM program. Domestic candidates matched competitively through the Veterinary Intern Residency Match Program will be guaranteed a place in this graduate track in compliance with National Matching Program requirements.

Specialty Areas

Each enrolled student will concentrate his/her studies in one of the existing clinical specialty training areas at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Additional training specialties may be created as warranted by demographic, economic and social changes that impact the profession.

Student Advisory Committee

Each student will have an advisory committee comprised of at least three graduate faculty. The committee shall include: a primary advisor in the selected specialty area, a second faculty member from the same specialty area or a related discipline and a faculty member from another department.

Plan of Work and Course Requirements

Students will complete 36 credit hours of graduate coursework

Existing Courses

Track Oversight Committee

The College’s Faculty Committee on House Officer Programs (FCHOP) will administer the MSpVM track. The committee comprises four voting faculty representing each of the four CVM departments. The committee also includes three non-voting members: a student enrolled in the MSpVM track, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Director of Student Services. One member of the committee will be selected by the committee to serve as a non-voting liaison on the CVM Faculty Committee on Graduate Programs. All committee members will serve for staggered two years terms.

Educational Objectives