University of Edinburgh

College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

MSc in International Animal Health (ODL)


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

Livestock are vital to the lives of millions of people, but endemic and epidemic diseases that affect livestock limit productivity and exacerbate poverty. The diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people also threaten the health of livestock keepers, their families and their communities. In many developing regions farmers and animal health workers are often ill equipped to deal with this risk. This online distance learning programme draws together expertise from across the University to deliver first-class teaching and research to tackle these issues. Students may study to certificate, diploma or masters level. Year 1: Certificate • Applied Epidemiology and Surveillance • Host Responses to Infection • Pathogen Strategies for Transmission and Survival Year 2: Diploma You will undertake the following compulsory course: • Zoonotic disease Plus choose one of the following two courses: • Surveillance and control of transboundary diseases affecting international trade • An introduction to transboundary diseases and their impact on trade and wildlife populations You may also choose up to 60 credits from the following electives: • Control of economically important parasites • Environmental and nutritional diseases of livestock of international importance • New developments in epidemiology and the control of vector borne disease • Veterinary vaccinology • Wildlife animal health and environment • Technology advances in veterinary diagnostics • Animal disease survey design and analysis • Project planning and decision support for animal disease control • Animal healthcare systems in the post-privatisation era • Introduction to health and production of aquatic species • Introduction to GIS and spatial data analysis • Advanced GIS and spatial epidemiology and modelling • An Introduction of Project Cycle Management • Globalisation and health • The Modern Zoo • The Use of Artificial Reproductive Technologies in Threatened Species • Pastoralism and herd health • Zoonotic diseases in a global setting • Socioeconomic Principles for One Health Year 3: masters For a masters, you will choose either to conduct a written reflective element of 10–15,000 words or to take Project Cycle Management and Funding Application Preparation. Online learning Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world. Career opportunities This programme has been designed to enhance your career in animal management throughout the world with first-rate expertise and a highly regarded qualification. Entry requirements An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in veterinary medicine, agricultural science, biology or a related science discipline.


Accredited by the University of Edinburgh

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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