For veterinarians seeking a career in clinical avian medicine

The Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center offers an 18-month, non-thesis Master of Avian Medicine (MAM) graduate degree. The program is designed for veterinarians seeking a career in clinical avian medicine in the poultry industry.

MAM graduates hold the majority of the poultry veterinary positions in the United States. Many also work internationally. Employment opportunities exist with poultry companies, poultry genetics companies, diagnostic laboratories, universities, state and federal agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and biologic companies. Jobs may involve live poultry production, disease diagnostics, technical service to poultry companies, research and development, food safety, academia, or regulatory affairs.

MAM Manual 2022-2023

About the program

Course work

Course work in microbiology, pathology, and poultry science is combined with practical field and laboratory experiences. At least 54 semester credit hours of coursework and the satisfactory completion of a final oral examination are required to complete the degree.


Competitive applicants will have:

  • DVM degree, or its equivalent
  • Minimum veterinary school grade point average of 3.0
  • GRE combined verbal and quantitative score of 297 or 1000 if taken prior to August 1, 2011
  • Interest and experience in poultry production

For a list of current tuition and fees, see UGA’s Bursar & Treasury Services. Financial assistance is available from the PDRC and stipends are provided for two to three MAM students per year. Please contact the department directly for more information.

How to apply

An online application must be completed through the UGA Graduate School. This will include the submission of official college transcripts and GRE scores; a résumé or curriculum vita; three letters of recommendation; and a biographical sketch describing your experiences, interest in poultry medicine, and your reasons for applying to the Master of Avian Medicine program.

An oral interview is also required as part of the application process. To schedule your interview, contact the PDRC’s graduate coordinator. Final decisions on applicants cannot be made until all materials (application forms, letters of recommendation, transcripts, GRE scores) are received and the interview completed.

Foreign applicants are required to submit additional documentation as part of their online application. See the Graduate School’s website for a list of supplemental information for your country.

Application deadline

Application packages must be completed prior to November 30th to be considered for matriculation the following June. Accepted applicants will be notified by February 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I include in the biographical sketch portion of my application?

We are most interested in your veterinary background and professional plans. You should describe your experiences and background in poultry diseases or production. You should also describe your interest in poultry medicine and explain why you are applying to this program.

What kind of letters of recommendation should I get?

Your references (at least three) should fill out the recommendation form required by the UGA Graduate School. The references – not you – should upload these directly to the Graduate School’s application website. You should get letters from professors who have taught you and know you well. Their letters should describe your academic work in detail so that the Graduate Committee can be assured that you can complete a rigorous graduate program. If you have done poultry or food animal internships or worked with a food animal or poultry veterinarian, the committee will expect a letter from the professor who supervised that work. Letters from work supervisors should be sent to the graduate coordinator and also document your work ethic.

What is the difference between the Master of Avian Medicine and the Master of Avian Health and Medicine?

The Master of Avian Medicine is a more traditionally structured degree program with classes taking place in Athens, Ga., while the Master of Avian Health and Medicine is a completely online degree program for practicing veterinarians interested in becoming health experts in the international poultry industry.

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