Royal Veterinary College

Course Introduction

This course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of the management of wild animals and the epidemiology, treatment and control of wild animal disease. During the programme you will acquire: critical awareness of current problems in wildlife disease with implications for wildlife conservation and welfare; a new insight into veterinary interventions for the management of captive and free-living wild animal species; a systematic understanding of the biological principles underpinning wild animal conservation and management, and the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of wildlife disease; basic competence in veterinary techniques and preventative medicine for wild animals; conceptual and practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create knowledge in the field of wild animal health and a comprehensive understanding of scientific skills, including critical review of the scientific literature, and design and analysis of laboratory or field studies.

Upon completion of the MSc in Wild Animal Health, you will have gained the analytical skills, the understanding, the confidence and the language to influence thinking and policy making within a wide range of organisations, such as zoos, national parks, universities, conservation organisations and government departments worldwide. Graduates of this course have gone on to work with both captive and free-living wild animals as clinicians, pathologists, epidemiologists, academics and senior management in zoological collections, national parks, universities and government departments worldwide. Others continue to work towards a PhD or DVetMed with either the ZSL or RVC, or at other leading research institutes. Students will also achieve PgDip and PgCert awards in this course.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,420 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,420 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £24,570 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a degree from a recognised veterinary school and at least 1 year of clinical experience. Relevant experience (e.g. in a zoo or wildlife rehabilitation centre/hospital) is an advantage.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above with minimum 6.5 in each component.
  • IELTS score: 7