Masters of Veterinary Science (MVSc)


Masters in Veterinary Science of M.V.Sc is a postgraduate course in the field of Agriculture Science and Technology. This course deals with the specialization in the treatment of animals in specific. The duration of this course is 2 years which is broken down into four semesters. The time period for the completion of this course is 4 years, the duration may vary depending on the institute. Unless specified, the language medium for the course is English. The syllabus for this course is focused more on research and practical training modules when compared to B.V.Sc

The Veterinary Council of India is the recognized body which was established under the Ministry of Agriculture by the Government of India. The Veterinary Council of India sets minimum standards of education which is required by the respective institutions to grant recognized qualifications. Numerous Veterinary schools and institutions across all states offer a PG course in Veterinary Science. Depending on an individual’s choice of specialization, the course Masters in Veterinary Science is chosen. Various universities offer a wide selection of M.Sc courses in Animal Sciences. Some Veterinary Institutions also offer courses(M.V.Sc) in Dairy related subjects

  • Aspiring candidates who have completed their qualification in B.V.Sc & AH from an institution recognized by the Veterinary Council of India are eligible for the M.V.Sc Course.
  • Admittance to this course is based on the scores obtained in the All India Competitive Examination conducted by the Education Division, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. The minimum age criteria to be eligible for this course is between 20 years to 22 years. Certain institutions maintain an upper age limit of 35 years, while some don’t.
  • Aspiring candidates who have cleared their B.V.Sc & AH degree as per the conditions put down by the Veterinary Council of India Must have obtained a minimum aggregate of 55%. The requirement for the minimum aggregate may have a variation depending on the Institution. For candidates belonging to the SC/ST category do not have any specific criteria apart from the minimum requirement to pass the examination.
  • As decided by the representative of the Advisory Committee, foreign, NRI and PIO candidates should have completed deficiency courses to obtain the basic qualification of an M.Sc. degree.
  • The candidates belonging to the above mentioned category have a minimum criteria of obtaining at least 6.60 (in a 10-point scale) as their C.G.P.A in their Bachelor’s of Veterinary Science. i.e 66%.
  • The selection of students for the admittance into this course is purely based the scores obtained in the Entrance Examination, as well as the aggregate obtained in the qualifying examination of B.V.Sc & AH.
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Livestock Products Technology
  • Livestock Production Management
  • Masters in Wildlife Science
  • Poultry Science
  • Veterinary Anatomy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Parasitology
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Physiology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary Biochemistry
  • Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Veterinary Surgery and Radiology
  • Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension
Course Regulations

As per the the Indian Veterinary Research Institute the minimum C.G.P.A criteria for the General/OBC/PH category is 2.60, 3.25 and 6.50 respectively, whereas the criteria for SC/ST is 2.40, 3.00, 6.00 in the grade point scales of 4.00, 5.00 and 10.00 respectively in the B.V.Sc & AH course or the in equivalent degree course.

Additional Weight-age Marks/Points.

For the admittance of candidates, the following weight-ages will be awarded. The CGPA (in a 10-point scale) obtained by the student in Bachelors of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry will be rectified with additional weight-ages as mentioned below.

The CGPA/OGPA in the qualifying examination will be considered as points. The CGPA/OGPA in a 4-5-point scale will be converted to a 10-point scale and as mentioned below the weight-ages will be added to calculate corrections and finalise the final merit position of the candidate. However these corrections will not be considered for the eligibility criteria.

System of Education

The semester credit grading system is followed for the evaluation of this course. The candidate pursuing this course must complete it and obtain credits mentioned via research and will have to obtain a minimum Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) of 6.6 out 10.0 to receive an M.V.Sc. Degree

Credit Requirement

The minimum credit criteria for this Post Graduate course is:

Total Credit Score = 50
Credits for Course Completion: 35 (a. Major field=23-25 credits and b. Minor field=10-12 credits).

Credits for Research: 15

Credit load

The maximum credit criteria per semester will be 16 credits for the Master’s Degree.

  • Each student must attend all lectures, practical experiments, they must also complete work in the library, external education visits, and study tours. They must also attend the meetings with their teachers and advisors.
  • In case a student fails to obtain a minimum attendance criteria of 75% from the total number of lectures and practicals individually scheduled in the laboratory/assignment and classes held in a semester, then the student will not be permitted to appear for the end-term examination and shall be deemed as a failure.
  • In such cases, the student should repeat the course(s) when given the option to. If a student is participating in extracurricular activities such as intercollegiate and higher level competitions which are sponsored by the University/Institution, then the student will be considered to have attended the academic session during that time period.
  • The student’s progress shall be graded on the basis of periodical examinations.
  • A mid-semester theoretical examination will be conducted by the teacher/HOD/Dean/Associate Dean where at least half the course has been completed (i.e in the 11th week since the commencement of the semester).
  • The Mid-semester examination will consist of a theory paper with a duration of 1-hour. The end term examination will a minimum duration of 2 hours which will include theory and practical.
  • The schedule for the end-term examination will be notified in advance with the approval of the dean in the respective faculty by the Registrar.
  • The grading of the total for the theoretical and practical examination will have the same magnitude as the number of credits.

The weightage of marks to various examinations held shall be as mentioned below:

Theory: Mid-semester examination 20%
Semester-end examination 80 %
Practical: Record of Class work (Attendance, Assignments & Practical Journal etc.) 20%
Semester-end examination 80%

The maximum score for the Viva Examination will be 25% of the total score allotted for the practical examination. (i.e for one credit, it’s 10/40)

  • Once the semester has ended, the student will be awarded grade points on the scale of 0-10 points, which will be based on the students performance in the examinations. The marks awarded in a course is divided by 10 and is displayed to two decimal places. This relates to the grade points allotted in that course.
  • Grade Point average or GPA is defined as the quotient of the total grade points awarded to the student in span of a semester divided by the total number of credits of the courses which were completed successfully during that semester. It will be calculated to the second decimal point.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average or CGPA is defined as the quotient of total grade points awarded to the student in the span of the complete course which will be divided by the total number of credits which were gained by the student. It will be calculated to the second decimal point.
  • The minimum CGPA required to complete a course in M.V.Sc is 6.60
Academic Status and Deficiency Improvement

An aspiring candidate must compulsorily obtain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 6.60 for the Masters Degree and 7.00 for a Doctor’s Degree upon the completion of the required courses and the research projects assigned by the Advisory Committee.

Course suitability
  • Masters in Veterinary Science is a course which is most suitable to candidates who wish to specialise in the field of Veterinary Science.
  • An Individual also needs to have a keen interest in jobs which will expose him/her to wildlife medicine and fields related to it, if the candidate wishes to pursue this course.
  • Animals can be unpredictable so an individual needs to be able to adjust to the unexpected conditions which will arise in the process of handling creatures who aren’t able to communicate verbally.
Employment opportunities
  • Disease Investigation Centres
  • Breeding Farms/Hatchery
  • Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying
  • Biological Products and Vaccine Product Plants Dealers
  • Experimental Animal Unit
  • Drug Research Institutions
  • Natural History Museums
  • Experimental & Germ-free Animal Facilities
  • Fishery Department
  • Marine Amusement Park
  • National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries
  • Para Veterinary Staff Training Schools
  • Shelter Houses
Job types
  • Animal Farm Manager
  • Veterinarian/Veterinary Doctor
  • Biological Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Associate Scientific Manager
  • Veterinary Technologist & Technician
  • Pharmacy Research Scientist
  • Veterinary Consultant