Veterinary Preventive Medicine – Graduate Certificate

Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Join Iowa State University for your graduate certificate in preventive veterinary medicine or population sciences in animal health. As a graduate student here, you won’t just be a face in a crowd! 


From the principles of epidemiology and population health to the design and implementation of field trials, an online certificate in veterinary preventive medicine offers a first look at disease prevention. We ensure that you will have individual attention, tailored advising, and research opportunities well-matched to your interests. Our faculty and students are operating at the cutting edge of their fields of knowledge. We are working hard to cultivate the very best graduate programs and prepare the next generation of independent, intellectual leaders in their fields.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine (VDPAM) department, with budget of approximately $28 million and its 53 faculty and 137 staff are committed to supporting sustainable food animal agriculture
  • VDPAM research programs include ~$19.5 million of funded grants
    • Infectious diseases, theriogenology, toxicology, welfare, diagnostics, public health
  • Teamwork with USDA, industry partners, commodity groups, and association.
  • The ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is #1 in the USA in case numbers & revenues
    • VDL faculty are leaders in applied research (recent examples, first to detect & develop diagnostic tools for PEDv, pioneer oral fluids testing)
  • The most comprehensive food animal curriculum of all 30 US CVMs
    • 90 VDPAM courses, emphasizing teaching in the most progressive livestock systems
    • Over 50% of ISU students track mixed or food animal medicine
  • Home of “Diseases of Swine” book, Biosecurity assessment systems, Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC), Center for Food Security and Public Health

Our research opportunities frequently have interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches. We are distinctive insofar as our graduate faculty are involved in all areas of livestock health, welfare and production. Many graduate faculty are involved in serving producers, veterinarians, industry groups, and government agencies.

Join us, and be part of this story!

Admission Requirements

Graduate College

  • Academic Records
  • GPA
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation

For specific program admission requirements, visit the Graduate College website.


Total: 15 credits

With approval, you may be able to transfer credits from a Graduate Certificate towards a Masters degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. You are encouraged to discuss this possibility with the Director of Certificate Education and the Director of Graduate Education for the Master’s degree program in Veterinary Preventive Medicine to understand the circumstances.

Contact Information

Chloe Petersen
Student Services

Iowa State Online

Online Certificate Details