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MASTER’S DEGREE

MASTER’S DEGREE

As I was saying in my last post, there are currently five master’s degrees in Spain:

Forvetex: They offer both a basic and an advanced master’s degree. Both consist in face-to-face classes that take place during the weekend once a month, except for juny and august (a total of ten modules), and externships in clinics. Some of the modules offer practical sessions.
Aeva: Like the previous one, it consists in face-to-face classes during the weekend once a month, although in this case there are eleven modules. It is accredited by the Miguel de Cervantes University.

Improve: This master’s degree combines face-to-face, online and practical modules. Students can volunteer at the wildlife sanctuary that GREFA runs in Madrid.

UCM: I’s the only one offered by a public university. Classes are face-to-face and once a month during weekdays, so it’s hard to combine with a full-time job.

Los Sauces: This is the newest of them all, and it’s organized by Clínica Los Sauces from Madrid. They offer a limited number of students per class (4 to 6), a 1,5 month externship in the same center, and contents which adapted to the students’ necessities, based on their CVs. For more information you can email masterlossauces@gmail.com

Cecilia Santos is a veterinarian that has been combining cats and dogs’ with exotic practices for four years now. She currently works at Quirino Veterinary Clinic, in Gibraltar.
In her resumé she has two masters in exotic pet medicine, Improve’s and Forvetex’s advanced master’s degree, so she is largely qualified to discuss this subject. Before she took her first master’s degree her only contact with exotic animal medicine were the courses that students organized at vet school, some conferences and reading books.
Master’s degrees in her case, helped reinforcing her knowledge and learning things that don’t come in books; however she highlights the chance of meeting her master’s teachers and fellow vets, whom she has shared complicated cases, and the possibility of doing externships in exotic medicine clinics and hospitals.
As drawback Cecilia emphasizes the high cost of this type of courses, which can’t always be convered with a vet’s salary, and the struggle to combine it with a full time job that requires working on saturdays or weekends.
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