The Master's Degree in Veterinary Medicine is a single-cycle degree program. It prepares veterinary surgeons to work independently in the following areas:
- diagnosis, treatment, and prophylaxis of diseases in livestock, pets, wild and laboratory animals;
- improvement in the quality and quantity of livestock production;
- animal welfare protection;
- environmental and public health protection;
- industry (zootechnics, pharmaceutics, feedstuffs, food of animal origin).

The objective of the study program is to respond to the growing global needs in the health and welfare protection of animals, people in contact with animals and/or consumers of food of animal origin, as well as environmental protection.

Graduates may operate as independent professionals in the following sectors:
- domestic animals (dogs, cats, exotic animals, horses) or livestock;
- the National Health Service, public or private industrial sectors (zootechnics, pharmaceutics, feedstuffs, production control and distribution of animal origin foodstuffs);
- local authorities;
- international organizations and cooperation agencies;
- research institutions.
The degree program is organized according to European Union directives and follows the indications of the EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education). Work opportunities are present at the Italian, EU and international level.

Enrollment is subsequent to a national admission test. The number of eligible first-year students, access procedures and instructions are annually established by the MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research), which issues a Decree usually at the beginning of July.

During the five-year program period, skills are acquired through theoretical lessons and practical activities both starting from the first year and carried out in the facilities of the Department such as the Educational Farm, the Didactic Laboratories, and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Practical activities are also planned in breeding farms, shelter and sanitary kennels, slaughterhouses, processing establishments handling food products of animal origin, and in many other affiliated facilities. During the study program, it will be possible to attend a 3 to 12 months period abroad. In fact, the Department of Veterinary Medicine has signed many bilateral agreements with European and extra-European university partners, providing students with mobility opportunities such as ERASMUS and other exchange programs.