Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Unlike professional programs that award a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), veterinary clinical sciences programs offer graduate degrees and post-D.V.M. residency opportunities. Read on to learn about education and employment in this field.

Inside Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Veterinary clinical sciences (VCS) include specialty sub-disciplines of veterinary medicine. These include small and large animal surgery, oncology, cardiology, anesthesiology and ophthalmology. Programs in this field are designed for aspiring veterinarians as well as veterinary researchers.

Education Information

Available programs in veterinary medicine and veterinary clinical sciences lead to an M.S., Ph.D. or D.V.M. Students who hold a D.V.M. may complete residency requirements through veterinary clinical sciences programs. In some cases, students can earn a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) as part of a residency program. Other programs are available to non-D.V.M. students and only require a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field. Ph.D. programs in veterinary clinical sciences prepare students for research careers that involve the study of various animal diseases and the development of new treatment methods. The articles listed below can help you determine which academic programs meet your needs.

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