Research is carried out at two spheres: scientific initiation for undergraduate students and in graduate courses. The Scientific Initiation Program is coordinated by the Research Support Nucleus (NAPq), linked to the Dean of the School and the Research Vice-President of the UFMG. This program enables the undergraduate students to participate in research projects with academic quality, scientific merit and adequate supervision. Scholarship students or volunteers may also join these projects and supplement their academic learning in different fields of knowledge.
The graduate studies of the School are divided into two programs: Animal Science and Zoo Technoogy. With masters and doctoral levels, these programs enable the students to work in different lines of research, that may be seen clicking here.
Besides teaching and research activities, the School of Veterinary Science is based on extension.
These activities reach various sectors of society, including agrarian science and public health professionals, technicians from various areas, farmers and rural workers, industries, students, teachers and the larger community. Extension activities include sharing accumulated knowledge, both scientific and traditional knowledge, as requested by the community. This exchange occurs in various activities: events, courses, services (internal or external) and extension projects.
It is a principle of the School of Veterinary Sciences for students to participate in all phases of extension activities of any kind, mostly mediated through the Extension Center (Cenex) of the School. The students participate actively in extension projects from their design through to the formulation and execution and may be included in the projects as fellows of the Extension Vice-President scholarships, volunteer monitors or participants in field activities. Therefore, Cenex is much more a center for students to learn entrepreneurship than a sector organizing events.
The participation of students in extension activities has a great effect on their training, contributing decisively to the link between knowledge from the classroom and its practical application in society, incorporating knowledge from other spheres, such as economics, logistics, administration, marketing, sociology and rural extension.
The extension and service projects are important links with research, providing knowledge of the external reality and raising issues that should become the object of research, so as to meet regional demands.