M.Sc. On Campus

Laboratory Animal Medicine

Pennsylvania State University

36 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
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The three-year Laboratory Animal Medicine MS at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine is designed to advance the training of graduate veterinarians (DVM, VMD) and build a strong research foundation.


The Laboratory Animal Medicine program at Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine, which is generally completed in three years, is research-oriented and requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in the subject, including thesis research. Although the program follows the general pattern laid down by the graduate school, the requirements are sufficiently flexible to permit students to adapt them to their particular interests and needs.


  • The three-year residency resulting in the completion of the Laboratory Animal Medicine MS offers a mix of formal coursework, clinical practice and research opportunities.
  • In their first year, students will take part in courses such as Biology and Care of Laboratory Animals, Laboratory Animal Genetics and Laws, and Regulations and Guidelines, while building a foundation in research laboratory techniques.
  • In the second year, students expand their clinical skills and techniques during a series of residency assignments in areas such as Administration, Breeding Colonies, Experimental Surgery and Diagnostic Radiology, among others.
  • Finally, third-year students complete a research project which includes submission of a written thesis, preparation of a manuscript suitable for submission for publication as a first-author paper, and a final presentation of their research work to their thesis committee, fellow residents and department faculty.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biology and Care of Laboratory Animals 
  • Laboratory Animal Genetics
  • Techniques of Animal Experimentation
  • Experimental Surgery of Laboratory Animals
  • Diseases of Laboratory Animals
  • Laws, Regulations and Guidelines
  • Special Topics
  • Thesis Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Penn State College of Medicine’s Laboratory Animal Medicine MS program requires application through the Veterinary Internship & Residency Matching Program (VIRMP).
  • Admission is open only to students who have received graduate veterinary degrees (DVM, VMD).
  • Because of the major commitment that this intensive three-year training program entails, those who accept a residency position may not hold part-time employment or devote significant portions of their time to activities unrelated to the training program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39248 USD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    23082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Hershey

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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