Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.S. in Veterinary Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Integrative Biomedical Sciences


A specialization is a well-defined area of study that will appear on your transcript with your degree and major. Specializations are optional in most UNL programs.

Areas of Study
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Neurobiology
  • Toxicology
  • Parasitology
  • Beef Cattle Research
  • Bacteriology
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Virology
  • Bioinformatics
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Contacts for Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Chair

Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz

Graduate Secretary

Donna Bode


Campus Address

120 Veterinary Basic Science

Lincoln NE 68583-0905

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Fall: January 15


The School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in veterinary sciences. The program offers excellent opportunities for career development in the veterinary and biomedical field. The school is engaged in basic and applied biomedical research of animal health and disease.

An interdisciplinary approach is used involving collaboration among the disciplines of bacteriology, virology, immunology, molecular biology, pathology, biochemistry, toxicology, and epidemiology. The multidisciplinary composition of veterinary and biomedical sciences provides unique opportunities for research on disease pathogenesis, host defense, characterization of microbial pathogens, gene regulation, disease diagnosis and control, and epidemiology of food animal production.

The school also offers a comprehensive graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in integrative biomedical sciences. This educational program is designed to provide individualized instruction, with a strong emphasis on health and disease. A prominent area of study consists of research in infectious diseases including: biomedicine, bacteriology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, virology, and mechanisms of disease. Molecular and cell biology techniques are emphasized in most programs.

Some online courses are available.

Courses and More

Students in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Raul Barletta
Molecular Genetics; Virulence Determinants; Drug Resistance; Diagnostic Tests; Recombinant Vaccines
Bruce Brodersen
Infectious Diseases of Food Animals
Manuel Roberto Cortinas
Veterinary and Medical Entomology; Parasitology; Vector Ecology; Animal and Human Disease
Gustavo Delhon
Virology; African Swine Fever Virus
Alan Doster
Infectious Diseases of Food Animals
Rodrigo Franco
Redox Signaling; Cell Regulation; Environmental Toxicity; Neurodegenerative Diseases
Dicky Griffin
Beef Cattle Production Medicine
Dale Grotelueschen
Beef Cattle Production
David Hardin
Veterinary Medicine
Seth Harris
Pathogenesis; Immunity to Rhodococcus Equi
Douglas Hostetler
Food Animal Medicine; Surgery and Production Medicine; Lameness and Orthopedics
Clinton Jones
Herpesvirus Latency Viral Gene Expression
John Kammermann
Anatomy; Localization of Cytokines; Injured Joints
James Keen
Veterinary Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Livestock Health; Production Medicine; Zoonotic Infections
Clayton Kelling
Pathogenesis of Viral Diseases of Cattle and Swine
Marjorie Lou
Biochemical Mechanisms of Ocular Degenerative Diseases and Aging; Redox Regulation and Metabolism
John Loy
Rodney Moxley
Pathogenesis of Escherichia Coli Infections; E. Coli Virulence Determinants; Enteric Pathology
Jeff Ondrak
Fernando Osorio
Virology; Pseudorabies Virus; Vesicular Diseases
Asit Pattnaik
Molecular Biology of RNA Viruses; Virus-Host Cell Interactions; Attenuated Viruses and Vaccines; Antivirals
Gary Pickard
Circadian Timing System; Viral Proteins; Central Nervous System
Richard Randle
Beef Cow and Calf Production Management; Young Stock Management; Disease Monitoring and Quality Assurance
N R Jayagopal Reddy
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Immune System Activation and Autoimmunity
Patricia Sollars
Circadian Rhythms; Circadian Regulation of Sleep; Seasonal Affective Disorder
Greg Somerville
Staphylococcus Aureus and S. Epidermidis Infections
David Steffen
Pathology of Inherited Diseases
Matthew Wiebe
Host-Pathogen Interaction
Shi-hua Xiang
Finding a HIV/AIDS Vaccine or a Long-Term Preventive Strategy; Small Ruminant Lentviruses (SRLV) and Trying to Find the Genetic Resistant-Forms against SRLV Infection
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