Masters Programs

                     Program Objectives

The major goal of veterinary epidemiology and economics program is to produce pragmatic specialists with the knowledge, skills and attitude that meet the current and future challenges in the area of veterinary epidemiology and economics.

                 Specific Objectives

The specific objectives of the master program of veterinary epidemiology and economics are

    • To offer specialized training leading to a Master of Veterinary Science degree in
      Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.
    • To provide young and mid-career veterinarians courses needed for teaching, research and specific development programs in the area of epidemiology, animal health economics, prevention and control of animal diseases, surveillance, risk analysis and data management.
    • To strengthen the teaching, research activities and consultancy service of College of Veterinary Medicine in Samara University and other institutions of the country.


The general objective of Veterinary Public Health programme is to produce qualified and competent Veterinary Public Health specialists who acquired advanced scientific knowledge, practical skills and attitudes in area of Veterinary Public Health and tackles the problem and challenges of Veterinary Public Health.

  • The specific objectives of the programme are:
    • To offer specialised training that leads to MVSc Degree in Veterinary Public Health
    • To produce qualified VPH professionals who are capable to bring changes and able to tackle the Veterinary Public Health challenges at pastoral  settings
    • To attain graduates that contribute in the country’s national development programme in area of Veterinary Public Health, prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases.

                       Graduate Profiles

The curriculum of the Veterinary Epidemiology and economics program designed with the view that graduates who successfully complete their study shall be able to: –

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts underpinning the discipline of
    veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics
  • Select an appropriate study design when confronted with an epidemiological
    research question and develop a detailed study protocol capable of answering the
    research question,
  • Analyze and interpret epidemiological data derived from epidemiological studies
    and give evidence based recommendation,
  • Critically review published epidemiological literature and show the gaps for future
  • Apply appropriate statistical, epidemiological and econometric principle in
    undertaking population based study and investigation,
  • Apply epidemiological and economic principles in calculating the risk associated
    animal health and associated intervention of animal diseases prevention and control
  • Apply the principles and concepts of safe food production and make an objective
    judgment of contemporary issues such as antibiotic resistance, drug and chemical
  • Develop appropriate strategies for combating chronic farm animal diseases, control
    zoonotic diseases and apply herd health programs to maximize economic returns
    from animal production,
  • Apply epidemiological techniques in providing reliable information and
    implementing collaborative control measures during international and national
    diseases epidemics
  • Advise key policy makers as well as concerned authorities/institutions regarding to
    animal disease outbreaks/epidemics and other pandemic trans-boundary diseases of
    economic as well as public health importance.
  • Able to select economically profitable disease control methods and conduct cost benefit analysis for the control method that will be selected
  • Conducting risk analysis for any new programs and newly introduced animals,
    animal products and byproducts from abroad countries.


The curriculum of the Veterinary Public Health program designed with the view that graduates who successfully complete their study shall be able to: –

  • Understand the advanced knowledge of VPH in the scope of food quality and safety and zoonotic diseases
  • Equipped with the knowledge in technical planning, teaching and development programs;
  • Competent in the practice of VPH practice; assessment of public health and economic impacts of zoonosis and food borne disease
  • Able to design zoonotic disease control strategies , food safety and quality control, conducting VPH research and recommending/formulating alternative policy options in the country;
  • Motivated for creativity, social consciousness, respect diversified traditions and values of the country, committed to professional ethics and abides by the legal codes of handling animals and dealing with human beings, readiness to learn from ever changing circumstances and work with others by sharing common values and feel sense of responsibility and accountability to work toward national development goals
  • Effectively advocating and promoting public health among the general public and policy makers


             Admission Requirement

Admission requirements for veterinary public health


The candidates who meet the following requirements will be admitted to the programme in line with other Samara University rules and regulations governing graduate programmes: 

  • A candidate must be a holder of a recognized degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Human Medicine (MD), and Bachelor of Veterinary science (BVSc) with a minimum of cGPA 2.0.
  • Candidates holding Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) must audit core/specific courses (VPH I/II) from DVM programs per the recommendation of the department head. That means the candidate must learn and pass the assessment as per the university legislation for these two courses (VPH I & II) within one semester.
  • A candidate submits a testimony of financial support and recommendation letter.
  • Candidates who satisfy all the above requirements may be required to sit and pass entrance examinations.
  • If applicants are more than a needed number we do give priority for candidates holding DVM background.

Admission Requirements for veterinary epidemiology and animal health economics

Candidates who will join the program must have DVM or Bachelor degree in animal health/ veterinary sciences and fulfill the following criteria:

  • The candidate should pass entrance exam and fit to criteria that will be set by the department
  • The candidate should also submit a testimony of financial support letter or should pay all the payments according to Samara University postgraduate council rules for admission
  • Two letters of recommendation

             Graduate requirement

  • The Master of Science in veterinary epidemiology and economics and Master of Science in Veterinary Public Health curriculum is a two years program on regular basis. Students enrolled in this program must meet the graduation criteria of Samara University as stated in the legislation and should have no more than one “C” grade in all courses and a minimum CGPA of 3.00 up on graduation. “D” grade is not allowed in any of the courses for graduation.
  • A student to be recommended for graduation should be awarded a minimum score of Good (B) by the examination board based on the quality of thesis and oral defence as per of university standard set above under heading of assessment type and method.

               Degree Nomenclature

  • In English: Master of veterinary science degree in veterinary epidemiology and economics
  • In Amharic: በእንስሳት ህክምና ሳይንስ የእንስሳት በሽታ ጥናትና ምጣኔ ሀብት የማስተርስ ድግሪ
  • In English: master of veterinary science degree in veterinary public health
  • In Amharic: በእንስሳት ህክምና የህብረተሰብ ጤና ማስተርስ ድግሪ