Master’s Degree

The Master of Science in Veterinary Forensic Sciences is designed for professionals who are interested in accelerating their careers in forensic medicine and veterinary sciences. The program prepares students for animal crime scene processing, handling and interpreting forensic evidence, and other skills that will help secure justice for victims of animal cruelty. The comprehensive program includes:

  • Five 3-credit core classes covering animal forensic investigation and the presentation of evidence
  • Five 3-credit electives in a number of subjects, such as animal law, wildlife conservation and forensic science, forensic animal behavior and welfare, and more

Most courses are online and can be completed from the comfort of your home. There is one campus visit required to complete the special topics course and a comprehensive final examination.

Master’s Degree Benefits

  • Earn a degree in as little as two years
  • Non-thesis and thesis options
  • Offered through UF’s Maples Center for Forensic Science, with a grant from the ASPCA

World-Class Faculty

Students will learn from experienced faculty who specialize in forensic entomology, crime scene investigation, pathology, psychology, and animal forensic science. The UF Veterinary Forensic Sciences Program faculty members have worked with law enforcement and animal protection agencies as crime scene analysts, archaeologists, medical death investigators, emergency veterinarians, legal advisors, and more.

What is this program?

The University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Veterinary Forensic Medicine is open to qualified local, national, and international professionals who work in forensic science and veterinary medicine.

This program is offered through UF’s Maples Center for Forensic Science, with a grant from the ASPCA and a partnership with the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. Students are prepared for real-world situations in veterinary forensic medicine by faculty members who have years of experience in the field working with law enforcement and animal protection organizations.

The MS in Veterinary Forensic Sciences is comprised of five 3-credit core requirements plus 15 elective credits. Master’s degree students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis option. Complete courses from the comfort of your home, on your own time.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a Master of Science with a major in Veterinary Medical Sciences and a concentration in Veterinary Forensic Science issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida. The student’s transcript will read Master of Science, graduation date, major Veterinary Medical Sciences, concentration Veterinary Forensic Science. The student’s diploma will read Master of Science with a major in Veterinary Medical Sciences issued by the Graduate School of the University of Florida.