About MPVM

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Graduate Student Mandy Murray, DVM, MPVM, PhD., works with blood samples to look for blood markers to study bone fragility syndrome at the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory.

The School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) at the University of California, Davis, Graduate Group in Preventive Veterinary Medicine offers a professional degree, the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM). Using state-of-the-art methods in epidemiology, the program prepares veterinarians to investigate and evaluate disease and production problems in animal populations and to design, evaluate and implement disease control or other veterinary services programs.

Many Departments, Divisions and Schools at the university also actively contribute to the MPVM program. Faculty in the SVM and other collaborating faculty carry out research on a wide variety of animal diseases, on microbial and parasitic zoonoses, veterinary public health, food and water-borne infections in humans, wildlife diseases and wildlife management, animal health economics, animal production, biostatistics, veterinary medical data management and computer applications in veterinary medicine.

Since its inception in 1967, more than 900 graduates of this pioneering educational program have gone on to top-level governmental, private industry, academic and practice careers in various areas of preventive veterinary medicine throughout the United States and 74 other countries.

The MPVM program involves course work, a research project and a series of electives which permit the student to select one program option (Population Health, Food Safety, Public Health and Zoonoses, Wildlife Disease & Ecology, Ecosysytem Health, International Health, Independent). A faculty advisor helps students tailor their selection of elective coursework to meet their individual future professional needs.

The MPVM program can be completed in one year, but some students may require up to 2 years to complete all coursework requirements. For non-native English speaking students, a two-year program is highly recommended. 

In 2017, the MPVM program celebrated its 50th anniversary.