Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S. in Veterinary Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Integrative Biomedical Sciences
Areas of Study
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Bacteriology
  • Epidemiology
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Mechanisms of Disease
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Proteomics
  • Virology
Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Bioinformatics

Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Dr. Rodrigo Franco Cruz
  • Graduate Secretary
    Donna Bode
  • Department 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
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of purpose

Application Deadline

   Fall: January 15

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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

Virology and Immunology

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


Molecular Genetics; Virulence Determinants; Drug Resistance; Diagnostic Tests; Recombinant Vaccines
Infectious Diseases of Food Animals
Veterinary and Medical Entomology; Parasitology; Vector Ecology; Animal and Human Disease
Virology; African Swine Fever Virus
Infectious Diseases of Food Animals
Redox Signaling; Cell Regulation; Environmental Toxicity; Neurodegenerative Diseases
Beef Cattle Production Medicine
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Veterinary medicine
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Veterinary Medicine
Pathogenesis; Immunity to Rhodococcus Equi
Food Animal Medicine; Surgery and Production Medicine; Lameness and Orthopedics
Herpesvirus Latency Viral Gene Expression
Anatomy; Localization of Cytokines; Injured Joints
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Veterinary Infectious Disease Epidemiology; Livestock Health; Production Medicine; Zoonotic Infections
Pathogenesis of Viral Diseases of Cattle and Swine
Biochemical Mechanisms of Ocular Degenerative Diseases and Aging; Redox Regulation and Metabolism
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Pathogenesis of Escherichia Coli Infections; E. Coli Virulence Determinants; Enteric Pathology
Virology; Pseudorabies Virus; Vesicular Diseases
Molecular Biology of RNA Viruses; Virus-Host Cell Interactions; Attenuated Viruses and Vaccines; Antivirals
Circadian Timing System; Viral Proteins; Central Nervous System
Beef Cow and Calf Production Management; Young Stock Management; Disease Monitoring and Quality Assurance
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Immune System Activation and Autoimmunity
Pathogenesis of Bacterial Diseases of Livestock
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Use of field epidemiology to research the role of production-systems on the transmission of pathogens and the resulting impact on the health and productivity of dairy and beef cattle, and pre-harvest food safety
Circadian Rhythms; Circadian Regulation of Sleep; Seasonal Affective Disorder
Staphylococcus Aureus and S. Epidermidis Infections
Pathology of Inherited Diseases
Host-Pathogen Interaction
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