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Animal & Veterinary Sciences (MS, PhD)

Students interested in a professional career in the animal sciences will be exposed to educational and research experiences involving the many facets of animal nutrition, physiology, microbiology, genetics, and meat science through a rigorous curriculum of graduate-level courses and challenging experimentation approaches. 

The most current ideas and concepts in animal sciences will be provided to the students through their daily interactions with the faculty in both the classroom and laboratory environments.

Goal 

The purpose of the Animal and Veterinary Sciences (AVS) graduate program is to provide a high-quality education for graduate students with diverse goals, and to develop, through research, the knowledge and technology necessary to continually improve productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of animal agriculture. 

  • Specialization & Research Emphasis

    One Health

    One Health is defined as “the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment.”. Learn more about One Health here.

    Our group focuses on applying this approach in the following areas:

    • Antimicrobial resistance mitigation
    • Comparative Medicine/Translational Research
    • Zoonotic Diseases
    • Disaster preparedness and response
    • Food Safety and Security
    • Human - Animal bond
    • Education and training of the next generation of One Health professionals
    • Welfare / Well-being of animals

    Faculty Members (see the full Graduate Faculty directory)

    • Ahmed Ali, DVM, PhD
    • Brian Booth, PhD
    • Celina Checura, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT
    • Delphine Dean, PhD
    • Susan Duckett, PhD
    • Ann Foley, PhD
    • Annel Greene, PhD
    • Jeryl Jones, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVR
    • Jeremy Mercuri, PhD
    • Michael Neault, DVM
    • Boyd Parr, DVM
    • John H. Parrish, DVM, PhD, ACLAM, LSSBB
    • Patty Scharko, DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACVPM
    • Agneta Simionescu, PhD
    • Dan Simionescu, Ph.D.
    • Kristine Vernon, PhD
    • Hai Yao, PhD

    Physiology/Genetics

    Physiology and genetics at Clemson involve fetal and metabolic programming, fetal/maternal interactions and how they affect gestation, and endocrinology and molecular endocrinology of reproduction

    Faculty Members (see the full Graduate Faculty directory)

    • Dr. Scott Pratt
    • Dr. Nathan Long

    Nutrition

    Nutrition at Clemson involves the scientific study of nutrient metabolism and their interaction with the animal and the environment. In animal nutrition, an in-depth understanding of several disciplines is necessary to undertake its exploration. Some of these areas are Animal Physiology, Nutrient Metabolism, Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Anaerobic Fermentation, Management Practices, Statistics, Ecology, Forages, among others. Our research encompasses the improvement in nutrient content of meat, milk and eggs with the overall goal of achieving a healthier environment and human population. During your research in your graduate program, you will gain the skills to analyze, synthesize, plan and critically evaluate independently new and complex phenomena, problems and situations in animal nutrition while seeking and investigating possible solutions.

    Faculty Members (see the full Graduate Faculty directory)

    • Matias Aguerre, PhD
    • Mireille Arguelles, PhD
    • Susan Duckett, PhD
    • Gustavo Lascano, PhD
    • Jim Strickland, PhD
  • Admission Requirements

    (in addition to Graduate School requirements

    The AVS Department requires GRE scores, a resume, a personal statement and three letters of reference for application to our graduate program. 

    For M.Sc. thesis, M.Sc. nonthesis, and Ph.D. degree programs, the AVS Department also requires that you identify a faculty member who is willing to serve as your major advisor prior to admission. 

    For assistance choosing a major advisor, please contact the AVS Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Gustavo Lascano (glascan@clemson.edu).

  • Requirements for Degree

    Animal and Veterinary Sciences, MS 

    Applicants to the Animal and Veterinary Sciences programs should have a strong background in the animal, biological and physical sciences. Students with deficiencies in these sciences may be admitted provided they correct these deficiencies during the first year of the program of study. MS students are required to complete coursework in an area of interest approved by their graduate advisor or advisory committee. MS students may select a thesis or non-thesis option. 

    Master of Science, Non-Thesis Option: 

    Students in the M.S. non-thesis option must complete a minimum of 30 hours of coursework, excluding thesis research. Course requirements are: 

    AVS 8200, Animal and Veterinary Sciences 
    Graduate Seminar (1 credit) 
    Statistics, graduate-level (3 credits) 
    AVS graduate courses* (14 credits) 
    *at least one course from One Health, Nutrition, and Physiology/Genetics
    General Graduate Course Electives (12 credits) 

    Additional requirements: at least six of the 30 credits must be 8000 level AVS courses; no more than three credits of AVS 8010 Selected Topics; and no more than three credits of AVS 8220 Special Problems. All students will have a graduate advisory committee consisting of at least three graduate faculty including their major advisor who must be a current member of the AVS graduate faculty. At the conclusion of the student’s program, an exit graduate committee meeting with an oral examination is required. 

    Master of Science, Thesis Option: 

    Students in the M.S. thesis option must complete a minimum of 30 hours of graduate coursework, including six credits of thesis research. At least one-half of the total graduate credit hours required by the advisory committee, exclusive of thesis research, must be selected from courses numbered 8000 or above. The following course areas and credit hours are required: 

    Statistics: 6 credits1 
    Communication: 3 credits2 
    Advanced Knowledge of Discipline: 15 credits3 
    Research Proficiency, AVS 8910: 6 credits

    The advisory committee will consist of a major advisor and a minimum of two committee members. All members of the advisory committee must be currently approved members of the AVS Graduate Faculty. 

    1 Any 8000-level statistics course that is not fulfilling another requirement as approved by the student’s advisory committee. 

    2 AVS 8200, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Graduate Seminar (1 credit) and at least two additional credits in courses with structured content focused on helping graduate students strengthen their written and oral communication skills, if not fulfilling another requirement and as approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. 

    3 Any 6000 or higher level AVS course (excluding 8910, 9910) or other courses in related scientific fields that are not already fulfilling another requirement, as approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. 


    Animal and Veterinary Sciences, PhD 

    Each student’s program will include at least 30 credit hours beyond the master’s degree or 60 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation research. At least one-half of the total graduate credit hours required by the advisory committee, exclusive of thesis research, must be selected from courses numbered 8000 or above. A dissertation is required. In addition to the requirements listed above for the M.S. thesis degree, the following course areas and credit hours are required: 

    Statistics: 3 credits1
    Research Proficiency, AVS 9910: 18 credits 
    Advanced Knowledge of Discipline: 9 credits3 

    Students should also complete at least one Professional Development experience per year focusing on helping the graduate student strengthen their competitiveness for future career opportunities, if not used to complete another requirement and as approved by the student’s advisory committee. Examples might include the following: directed reading discussions (journal club); training in grant-writing; attending professional speaking engagements; Grad 360 courses; or presenting at regional, national or international conferences during their graduate program. 

    The advisory committee will consist of a major advisor and a minimum of three committee members. All members of the advisory committee must be currently approved members of the AVS graduate faculty. 

    1Any 8000-level statistics course that is not fulfilling another requirement as approved by the student’s advisory committee. 

    3Any 6000 or higher level AVS course (excluding 9910) or other courses in related scientific fields that are not already fulfilling another requirement, as approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. 

  • Financial Information

    The most common mechanism of support is a thorough Graduate Research (GRA) and Teaching (GTA) Assistantships. Interested students are encouraged to contact prospective advisors regarding these assistantships’ availability and eligibility. These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis directly by the Principal Investigator of each research project. Applications from students who have not been in communication with their prospective advisor before applying to the AVS Graduate Program are rarely admitted. 

    Types of assistantships: 

    Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) conduct supervised research or assist with research funded from any source administered by the University. 

    Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) teach undergraduate classes or laboratories under the supervision of a faculty member. GTAs are not responsible for assigning grades. 

    Graduate Teachers of Record (GTR) assume primary responsibility for teaching undergraduate classes or laboratories and are responsible for assigning grades. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that all Graduate Teachers of Record (GTR) have “earned at least 18 graduate semester hours in their teaching discipline, be under the direct supervision of a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, receive regular in-service training and be evaluated regularly. The department chair has the responsibility for determining that the 18-hr requirement is met either through coursework or with a memo containing documentation that the graduate assistant meets the requirement as an exception. The Enrolled Student Serves Office will certify that the 18-hour requirement has been met. 

    A few recruitment fellowships and other merit-based scholarships are also available to be awarded on a competitive basis. 

  • Job Placement

    Graduate School is not a race is a marathon. We get it. Your graduate degree will provide you with options to immerse yourself in several different areas that throughout this experience you have learned you are passionate about. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students:

    • Education
    • Research/Teaching
    • Technical Services
    • Extension
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Small and Large Animal
    • Food Safety and Inspection
    • Government Agencies
    • Non-Governmental agencies
    • Research and Development
    • Science and Technology
    • Farm Production and Management
    • Livestock Production
    • Livestock Feed
    • Meat and Dairy Foods
    • Agribusiness
    • Sales (Livestock, Nutrition, Pharmaceuticals, Ag Chemical, Supplies and Equipment)
    • International Development
    • Marketing
    • Public Relations
    • Customer Service
    • Product and Process Development
    • Genetics and Animal Breeding
    • Animal Nutrition, Health and Disease Control
    • Animal Behavior, Training, Caretaking
    • Quality Control
    • Livestock Regulatory Inspection
    • Harvest Operation Inspection
    • Meat and Dairy Inspection

     

  • Contact Information

    Dr. Gustavo Lascano
    Graduate Program Coordinator Program 
    122 Poole Agricultural Center 
    Phone: 864-656-1745 
    glascan@clemson.edu

    Ms. Stacey Miller
    Administrative Assistant 
    129 Poole Agricultural Center 
    Phone: 864-656-3428 
    smille3@clemson.edu

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