Adding value to the DVM degree—opportunities in graduate and continuing education

Andrew Parks College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

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Lisa K. Nolan College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

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Recognizing that the education of veterinarians does not stop with a DVM degree, the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine offers continuing education, residencies and internships, and a number of graduate degrees tailored to veterinarians, who have a passion for specialty medicine, biomedical research and/or education. These programs have proven very attractive with enrollment increasing by 177% over the past decade. They include the following.

Master of Avian Medicine and Master of Avian Health and Medicine

For veterinarians seeking a career in clinical avian medicine, we offer a Master of Avian Medicine degree, a degree held by the majority of the poultry veterinary positions in the US. Employment opportunities include live poultry production, diagnostics, technical service to poultry companies, research and development, food safety, academia or regulatory affairs. We also offer a unique online Master of Avian Health and Medicine for veterinarians focused on international poultry medicine.

Master of Food Animal Medicine

Master of Food Animal Medicine is for veterinarians seeking additional training in the production livestock industry and prepares them to be leaders in the beef and dairy industries.

Concurrent DVM/Master of Public Health Program

The DVM/Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is a 5-year program preparing students to be leaders in public health. DVM/MPH graduates are prepared to respond to new and emerging zoonotic diseases and prevent and/or control future disease threats.

Concurrent DVM/PhD programs

This dual degree program produces scientists with a clinical background capable of investigating and mitigating complex human and animal health issues. Students seeking a DVM and PhD concurrently enroll in our DVM program and one of the following PhD programs.

Comparative Biomedical Sciences PhD

The Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) program consists of customizable MS and PhD programs that emphasize interdisciplinary research and translational science. CBS allows students to tailor their programs of study to meet their specific needs, interests and goals. This flexibility encourages innovation and collaboration across disciplines and results in graduates with uniquely marketable skillsets.

Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology (IPP) PhD

The Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology (IPP) PhD program is designed for students interested in the physiological, pharmacological, nutritional and toxicological basis of disease and therapeutics. Each program of study is tailored by the student and major professor to focus on the student’s interests and goals. From how neural pathways control energy, balance, and obesity to examining the molecular pharmacology of endocrine disorders, IPP students have the opportunity to find solutions to some of today’s most vexing problems.


Adding value to the DVM.

Citation: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 261, 10; 10.2460/javma.23.08.0450

Infectious Disease PhD

For those interested in a research-driven career in academia or industry, we offer a PhD program with training in many disease-relevant disciplines such as molecular virology, pathogenic bacteriology, classical and molecular parasitology, epidemiology, immunology and avian or wildlife diseases.

Clinical internships and residencies

Approximately 90 veterinarians per year sharpen their clinical prowess through internships and residencies performed under the guidance of internationally recognized experts in our state-of-the-art hospital.

Continuing education

Over 20 continuing education programs a year are provided for veterinarians by our faculty to foster critical thinking, evidence-based decision-making and an ethical approach to veterinary practice.

Contributor Notes

Corresponding author: Dr. Nolan (