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Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

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VBS Program Details

Who We Are

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences’ Veterinary Biomedical Sciences (VBSC) graduate program offers MS and PhD students paths to careers in animal and human health through research in focus areas of:

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Infectious Diseases/Parasitology
  • Physiology
  • Stem cell biology
  • Toxicology/Pharmacology

Sixty faculty participate as teachers and mentors for 30 to 40 students in the program, which is recognized for excellence in training students in biomedical sciences by the National Research Council study of doctoral programs. The VBSC program offers students learning opportunities and research training tailored to their interests. VBSC students hold bachelors or master’s degrees in biological science or DVM or equivalent veterinary degrees and come from all over the world to study at Oklahoma State University. 

Program Description

The veterinary biomedical sciences (VBSC) graduate program is a multidisciplinary program intended to provide a broad base of research interests to address individual student interests. The program is administered within the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS) but may involve faculty outside of the college. Programs of research and study leading to the degrees of Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are available within the broad areas of focus: infectious diseases, pathobiology, and physiological sciences. MS degree is also available in the veterinary clinical sciences. The program is designed to prepare individuals for careers in teaching and research, and specialization is possible within each area dependent upon faculty interests, student needs and available funding.


New students may enter the VBSC program already having selected a thesis advisor or may participate in research laboratory rotations in the laboratories of prospective thesis advisors during the first year of study and select a thesis advisor prior to the beginning of the second year of study. Current areas of research focus for CVHS faculty include molecular, cell and developmental biology; clinical sciences (including laser applications and oncology); parasitic and infectious diseases (including vector-borne diseases, bacterial and viral diseases in wild and domestic animals); pathobiology; and toxicology. Faculty and their specific areas of interest are available in the CVHS Research Report.