Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate programs offered

Earn a Graduate Degree

  • MS in Veterinary Science (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
    • Bioinformatics
  • PhD in Integrative Biomedical Sciences (90 cr) with optional specialization:
    • Bioinformatics
Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Neurobiology
  • Toxicology
  • Parasitology
  • Beef Cattle Research
  • Bacteriology
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Virology

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Dustin Loy

Graduate Secretary
Jennifer Lottman

Campus Address
120 Veterinary Basic Science
Lincoln NE 68583-0905

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

2. Required by Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

  • 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, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.

Application Deadlines for Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
  • January 15 for Fall. October 1 for Spring. November 15 for Summer.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. Our academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years.


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

Faculty and research

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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

Beth Galles

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

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

John Loy

Development and validation of novel molecular diagnostic methods; Recombinant and next generation vaccine technology; RNAi; Aquaculture

Chandirasegaran Massilamany

Autoimmune Myocarditis; Viral Myocarditis; Multiple Sclerosis

Renee McFee

Veterinary Education; Physiology

Rodney Moxley

Pathogenesis of Escherichia Coli Infections; E. Coli Virulence Determinants; Enteric Pathology

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

Donald Reynolds

Bacteriology; Virology; Immunology; Poultry Disease

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

You Zhou

Confocal microscopy for immunofluorescence or live cell imaging analysis and electron microscopy; Search for biomarkers of altered stress response/adaptation using animal models.

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For additional details check out the dept./program website: Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Kurt Mueller.