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Master of Science in Veterinary Science – Veterinary Clinical and Translational Sciences

Faculty working with Students: 12
Students: 21
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 600 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 100 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The graduate program in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS) at Washington State University is a plan of study leading to a master’s degree, and preparing the resident for certification in his/her area of clinical assignment. The objectives of the program are to promote high standards of scholarly creativity, proficiency in a clinical discipline and professional service, experience in teaching, and independent and critical research. Areas of service and research may include: internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, neurology, surgery, radiology, clinical pathology, theriogenology, equine exercise physiology, exotic animal medicine, epidemiology, mastitis, and production medicine.

Admission Requirements:

Residencies are awarded based on selection via the Residency Matching Program, AAVC, 1024 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215-1167. In those areas that lack a matching program (clinical pathology, e.g.), candidates will be recruited via national advertising and selected by faculty within the area. However, this is not always the case, as some residents are hired without enrolling in the matching program or national search. Applicants who recently graduated from an AVMA accredited school of veterinary medicine will not be required to submit GRE scores.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1. Enable students to develop as successful professionals for highly competitive positions in academia, industry and government, the program provides a variety of experiences that  help students to:
    • Develop broad expertise in appropriate concepts, theories, and emerging methodologies to effectively conduct research across the disciplines represented in  Veterinary Clinical Sciences. To fully understand “health” and appropriate interventions at population and individual levels through studies ranging from the  molecular (genetics, molecular epidemiology, bacterial genome characterization), cellular (mechanisms of tumor cell resistances), systems (orthopedics,  theriogenology), populations (gene flow within populations, disease rates, clinical trials).
    • Develop quantitative skills to assess clinical and research literature, relate population level diagnostic and clinical research to clinical practice, relate population  genetic structures to herd and animal level response to interventions.
    • Present research to local, regional, national, and international audiences through publications in professional journals and conference papers given in a range of  venues, from graduate seminars to professional meetings.
    • Participate in professional organizations, becoming members, attending meetings, and, where appropriate, taking leadership roles.
    • Broaden professional foundations through teaching, outreach, fellowships, and grant applications.
  2. To prepare students to be effective researchers within the disciplines represented by Veterinary Clinical Sciences the program provides a variety of experiences that help students to:
    • Become independent, self-motivated researchers with the ability to recognize problems in their field of expertise and formulate solutions to the problems.
    • Develop comprehensive knowledge of previous and current research in their field of expertise and be able to demonstrate that knowledge through literature  reviews.
    • Generate viable questions within their field of expertise and pose problems or hypotheses related to those questions.
    • Apply sound research methods to problems in their discipline and describe the methods effectively.
    • Perform statistical analyses of research data and present the results in a way that makes clear sense of the data.
    • Discuss the solution to the research problem or the support or lack of support for the hypothesis in a way that effectively documents the contribution of the  research to the area of study.
    • Communicate their research clearly and professionally in both written and oral forms appropriate to the field.
    • Enhance the national and international visibility of graduate education and research in WSU CVM Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
    • Attract, secure, and retain high-quality students.
    • Enhance doctoral education by creating advanced courses, providing more support –resources for fellowships, research, travel to conferences, etc. – for doctoral  students, and providing effective mentoring that encourages students to graduate in a timely manner.
    • Facilitate placement of graduates into competitive positions in academics, government, and industry.

Faculty Members:

Allen, Andrew Johnston, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Barrington, George M, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Para tuberculosis (Johne’s Disease), coliform mastitis, neonatal passive immunity, immunology of the mammary gland, hormonal regulation of colostrogenesis and lactogenesis, characterization of the bovine mammary immunoglobulin G1 receptor.

Court, Michael H, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Pharmacogenomic research

Evermann, James F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Gay, John Miles, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Kasimanickam, Ramanathan K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Mealey, Katrina Ann, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Memon, Mushtaq A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Sellon, Debra C, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

– Equine infectious diseases.
– Equine pain management.
– Equine hematopoietic diseases.

Sellon, Rance, Ph.D.

Sischo, William, Ph.D., DVM, MPVM

Research Interests

Epidemiology and microbiology

Tibary, Ahmed, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Large animal reproduction, bovine, camelid, equine

Contact Information:

Jordan Willett
College of Veterinary Medicine
ADBF Room 1020
Pullman, WA PO Box 646610