Preparing veterinarians to be leaders in the beef and dairy industry

The Food Animal Health and Management program offers a 19-month non-thesis Master of Food Animal Medicine (MFAM) for veterinarians seeking additional training in the production livestock industry.

The MFAM program involves course work, clinical field work, a summer externship at a livestock production unit or corporate research facility, and the design and completion of an original research project.

About the program

Skills gained

Skills graduate students will gain include:

  • A broad understanding of the production livestock industry
  • Scientific approaches for investigation of production concerns and disease outbreaks
  • Improved communication
  • Data management and evaluation
  • Economic decision making
  • Design and analysis of clinical research studies
  • Critical reasoning
Course work

Course work will include epidemiology, biostatistics, infectious diseases, economics, and clinical study design. A significant portion of the MFAM student’s time will be spent in veterinary clinical work in the areas of beef and dairy production medicine.


Candidates must either be a graduate of an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine, or be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).


A graduate assistantship will be provided, which reduces the tuition cost to $25/semester plus required administrative fees. Both the assistantship and tuition reduction are available during the entire program, provided the minimum academic requirements of the program are met each semester.

How to apply

Applicants are only considered when there is an opening in the program. Before applying, please contact the Food Animal Health and Management program to check on program availability.

Applications should be submitted online through the UGA Graduate School. In addition to the graduate school application, candidates must also submit a separate supplemental information form along with an essay describing their professional goals and motivation for pursuing the MFAM degree.

An appropriate essay will be written in a professional manner and should be 1-2 pages where you address the following questions:

  • What are your career goals in 5 years? In 10 years?
  • Why are you interested in pursuing a degree in the Master of Food Animal Medicine program?
  • How do you see yourself using this degree in the future?
Application deadline

The MFAM program of study begins in June and is completed 19 months later (December). The deadline for applications is April 15. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and a final decision on acceptance will be made by May 1st.

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