Academic Master’s Program Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment

Started on 04/01/2017 and focused on “One Health”, the Academic Master’s Program “Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment” aims to contribute to the production of knowledge and to become a reference center in Veterinary Medicine applied to the coastal biome in the regional, national and international contexts.

Concentration Area:

Veterinary Medicine

Recommended by CAPES/Ministry of Education:

Proposal No. 1531/2015. Approval on Jul/15/2016


VMD, MSc, Dr. Milton Ricardo Azedo

Target Audience:

Degree in Veterinary Medicine or related subjects


In face of the distinct characteristics of the coastal biome, the Academic Masters’ Program “Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment” conduces studies and researches:

  • to insert professionals in the interdisciplinary debate concerning veterinary medicine, in different fields of knowledge;
  • to identify the features related to animal diseases, their particularities regarding their diversity and, mainly, the seasonal aspects of coastal biome and their influence in the maintenance of human health;
  • to detect and monitor contaminants arising from people, industrial, and seaport occupancy; and to identify the resulting damage to the health of aquatic and terrestrial animal populations;
  • to obtain the technological improvement to encourage agribusiness, focused on environmental conservation, sustainability, and food security; and to stimulate entrepreneurship, with the improvement of productive processes able to generate income and to promote social inclusion, in the unique conditions of the coastal biome;
  • to carefully evaluate new technologies related to health, animal production, and exploitation of the coastal environment;
  • to prepare qualified professionals to the activities of research and teaching in veterinary medicine and related areas, as well as to generate knowledge for the adoption of educational and assistance public policies;
  • to enlarge the professional competences to assess and to utilize new technologies incorporated into veterinary medicine with focus on process management, identification of local demands, and applicability of these technologies for both public and private sectors;
  • to guide qualified professionals to expand studies and researches on the way to encourage the virtuous circle between the undergraduate and graduate levels, promoting the integration of postgraduate students with other students and teachers, and contributing with their professional improvement with a critical view of technological innovations and procedures.

Therefore, the Academic Master’s Program “Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment” contributes with the production of knowledge geared toward the concept of “One Health”, on the way to become a reference center on veterinary medicine applied to coastal biomes in the regional, national, and international contexts.

Profile of the egress:

The completion of the Academic Master’s Program “Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment” should enable the egress to become active in different fields of Veterinary Medicine and related areas, equipped with the skills required for teaching and research, and with theoretical, methodological, technical, scientific, ethical, and political criteria:

  • to promote scientific exchange and cooperation with various research and training centers in Brazil and abroad, as well as with society, through products and services on Environment, Animal Production, Animal Health and Human Health;
  • to plan, to make feasible, and to execute new procedures in the professional area of action, producing new knowledge and related scientific communications;
  • to act in the teaching of higher education, articulating in the professional exercise, research, and extension activities; and
  • to develop research on epidemiological surveillance and control of animal diseases in the coastal, terrestrial, and marine environment, and on risk factors for human health.

In this way, the egress will be able to integrate multidisciplinary teams, with capacity to produce new knowledge adaptations to loco-regional needs and to act as generator of alternatives of processes and procedures. Notably, the egress will be able to perform as an agent in the formulation of actions on public policy, especially on educational, sustainability, and environmental awareness, in the areas of animal production, animal health and its solid interface with public health, and conservation of the environment.


Course content:

The Master’s Program “Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment” lasts 24 months. Postgraduate students should dedicate to their research, to write their Dissertation, and to earn 25 credits in five compulsory subjects, eleven elective subjects and other activities.


The Curriculum Structure includes a core of five basic, mandatory subjects, adding ten of the twenty-five credits (equivalent to fifteen class hours each) required for graduation:

  • “Challenges of Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment”;
  • “Experimental Designs and Reproducibility in Scientific Research”;
  • “Scientific Writing”;
  • “Pedagogical Preparation”; and
  • “Research Seminars.

Students must choose among eleven other elective subjects to complete their credits. In an updated manner, such subjects include the most diverse topics for the improvement of their knowledge and their research:

  • “Subsidiary Tests Applied in Clinical Evaluation, Surgical Planning and Therapeutic Monitoring of Aquatic and Terrestrial Animals”;
  • “Advanced Topics in Epidemiology, Control, and Eradication of Diseases of Domestic, Wild, and Marine Animals”;
  • “Evolution and Trends in Experimental and Comparative Pathology of Domestic, Wild, and Marine Animals”;
  • “Applied Themes in Clinic and Surgery of Farm Animals in the Coastal Environment”;
  • “Applied Themes in Clinic and Surgery of Small Animals and Non-Conventional Species in the Coastal Environment”;
  • “Entrepreneurship and Environmental Sustainability”;
  • “Environmental, Social, Economic, and Political Impact of Animal Production in the Coastal Environment”;
  • “Applied Topics in Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases from Animals Raised in Coastal Biome”;
  • “Reproduction and Perinatal Medicine of Domestic and Wild Animals in the Coastal Region”;
  • “Welfare and Human-Animal Interaction – From Animal Experimentation to Animal-Assisted Therapy”; and
  • Special Topics in Science, Technology and Inspection of Food Products”.

Students may be awarded up to four credits, considering the following complementary activities:

  • Full paper published in national or international journal, with a recognized Editorial Board, providing that the student is the author, in co-authoring with its supervisor: one credit for each work;
  • Book or book chapter of recognized merit in the field of knowledge, providing that the student is the author, in co-authoring with its supervisor: one credit each book or chapter;
  • Patent deposit: one credit each patent;
  • Participation in conferences, workshops, symposia or other scientific meeting in which the full work and/or presentation is published (in print or digital form) in the annals (or similar), providing that the student is author, in co-authoring with its supervisor: one credit each work, with a maximum of two credits granted for this activity.

Credits obtained out of the program may be used, when required by the student and properly justified by the Advisor.

Didactic resources:

The Program uses the infrastructure of UNIMES, with air-conditioned classrooms, amphitheaters, libraries, places for the structuring teaching nucleus (NDE), board of directors, coordination, psycho-pedagogical nucleus, teacher’s rooms, secretaries, specialized laboratories, and, mainly, the facilities of the Veterinary Hospital and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

The places have their own structure and are well equipped for operation, according to the different purposes for which they are intended.


In order to fulfill its research projects, in addition to the support of organizations and institutions with which UNIMES maintains agreements and partnerships, the Program has the physical space of Campus II, where the School of Veterinary Medicine is located. This campus, with an area of ​​about 31,000 m², consists of Veterinary Hospital, classrooms, laboratories, bioterium and kennel.

The Veterinary Hospital has an important role in the development of students, providing support services to the Program, especially to its projects and to the subjects in practical and theoretical-practical classes; professional development; and its relevant service to the community, the attendance in medical and surgical clinic, laboratory and image diagnosis, and promotion of research.

To supply the lines of research, this Campus provides: Descriptive and Topographic Veterinary Anatomy Laboratory; Laboratory of Technology and Inspection of Products of Animal Origin – Sensorial Analysis; Clinical Laboratory; Laboratory of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Public Health; Laboratory of Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology; Laboratory of Special Pathological Anatomy – Necropsy Room; and Laboratory of Surgical Technique and Anesthesiology.

In addition, laboratories located on campus “Rosinha Viegas” are available for the Program. For these laboratories, just inaugurated, the equipment was acquired and installed with own resources, denoting financial independence of the Institution for the expansion and maintenance of its infrastructure.

Campus “Rosinha Viegas” provides, for use of the Program: Microscopy Laboratory (Cytology, Histology and Embryology, General Pathology and Special Pathological Anatomy); Laboratory of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology; Laboratory of Biochemistry and Biophysics; and Laboratory of Macroscopic Pathology (Human).



Vacancies will be filled in a continuous flow, to the maximum allowed by Advisor. The Master’s degree must be completed in two years. The selection will be made according to the results obtained in the selection process.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Degree in Veterinary Medicine or related subjects


Registrations, in a continuous flow, must be done at 06/08 Av. Francisco Glicério, 2nd floor –Santos – SP – Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Secretariat.

To perform the test, candidates with special needs will have the right to custom conditions. To do so, at the time of registration the candidate must provide the necessary information for the service.

The candidate is responsible for all the information provided at the time of registration. The candidate must verify that the data is correct before completing the process. It implies knowledge and tacit acceptance of the conditions established by UNIMES in a public edict. The candidate cannot claim ignorance of it.


– Degree in Veterinary Medicine or related subjects.

  1. a) One (01) certified copy of the Graduate School History;
  2. b) One (01) certified copy of the certificate of graduation (with stamp of recognition);
  3. c) Authenticated copies of documents (check at the Stricto Sensu Postgraduate Secretariat);
  4. d) One (01) copy of Proof of Residence;
  5. e) Curriculum Vitae;
  6. f) One (01) 3X4 color, recent photo;
  7. g) Statement Letter.


Documents must be organized, without binding of the set, in the order described above (items “a” through “g”) in an envelope addressed to:

Universidade Metropolitana de Santos

Secretaria de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu

Programa de Mestrado Medicina Veterinária no Meio Ambiente Litorâneo

Av. Francisco Glicério, 06/08, 2º andar – Encruzilhada

CEP.: 11065-400

Santos – SP



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The Masters’ Program “Veterinary Medicine in the Coastal Environment” offers to professionals the proper skills to perform as agents who elaborate actions on public and educational policies, sustainability, and environmental awareness. It comprises aspects of animal production; animal health and its solid interface with public health; and, mainly, environmental conservation, leading to the concept of “One Health”. Above all, the Masters’ Program provides the required attributes for teaching and research.

The Program’s research lines describe the consequences of the actions of a past of regional exploration, identify the present status of health, and propose actions to improve production and health, with implications in the future, particularly in similar regions.

To this end, the Program studies the health and the production aspects of pastoral, urban, coastal, and forestry animal populations, in the light of their climate and socioeconomic characteristics. Notably, the Program’s research projects aim to place these aspects in the context of human health. The Program also studies the consequences of the regional industrialization on the preservation of terrestrial and marine areas of the coastal environment.

Research lines:



The coastal biome covers a peculiar diversity of sociobiology. Its urban environment presents attributes common to non-coastal cities, but also has special features when summertime situations predominate. On such occasions, the demand for veterinary services is larger and diverse. In addition, transient animals from different regions, can interfere with the health condition of the local population, including the human. In other hand, the coastal environment also includes rural properties with populations of different terrestrial and aquatic species, and wildlife. Hence, veterinarians play a paramount role in maintaining animal and human health.

Thus, this line of research offers a portrait of the present, finding the facts regarding the health of animal populations in the coastal environment.

To this end, projects are developed on the way to their thematic permeates the identification of characteristics related to animal diseases, their dissimilar particularities, and, mainly, the seasonal aspects of coastal biome and their influence in maintaining human health.

Linked Research Projects:

Characteristic clinical aspects involved in the diagnostic, therapeutic, and prophylactic evaluation of domestic animal diseases in the coastal region of the State of São Paulo

Diagnostic, laboratory, and therapeutic features of animal diseases in the coastal biome

Epidemiological aspects of infectious-contagious diseases of domestic animals in the coastal environment

Study of the etiopathogenesis of the main animal diseases in the coastal environment

Study of the reproductive characteristics of domestic and wild animals located in the Coastal Environment



In addition to the industrial park of Cubatao, important metallurgical center on a regional scale, and the Santos port complex, the Metropolitan Region of “Baixada Santista”, features activities to support export trade, caused by the proximity of the port. The region stands out in the exploration of the marine environment, with the production and exportation of fish, as well as for being, in their extensive environmental preservation areas, reservoir of important specimens of fauna and flora. However, the industrial exploitation and the port activities contribute to the spread of contaminants that lead to the degradation of this biome. Similarly, the intense occupation of the coastal plain that, over the years, increased gradually towards the cliffs, hills, and mangrove areas, speeds up the processes of erosion and of irregular occupation of the Atlantic Forest, compromising the conservation of this biome.

Thus, this line of research seeks a portrait of the consequences of past actions in the reality of the coastal environment.

To this end, projects are developed to detect contaminants arising from population, industrial, and port occupancy, as well as their monitor, and the identification of the resulting damage to the health of aquatic and terrestrial animal populations.

Linked Research Projects:

Investigation of global priority bacteria in the coastal environment

Productive chain of food and its peculiarities in the coastal environment

Technology and innovation in the production and development of products and processes: implications on One Health



To generate knowledge and technology to the productive sector, leading to gains in production efficiency, adding values to the marketing of products, and promoting agribusiness development with environmental protection and social responsibility, are conscious demands of the society in which it is imperative the veterinarian’s action. In this respect, the coastal environment involves diversified animal creations, either related to food production and proper use of fishing resources or focused on breeding of pet animals.

Thus, in this line of research, actions are sought for a future. Near and distant future. As well as their applications in similar environments.

To this end, projects are developed towards the technological improvement to promote agribusiness, focused on sustainability, environmental conservation, and food security, and to stimulate entrepreneurship, with the improvement of productive processes able to generate income and promote social inclusion, in the climate conditions of the coastal biome.

Linked Research Projects:

Physiological, sanitary, rearing, and productive characteristics of equidae reared in the coastal environment

Rearing Techniques of Aquatic Organisms

Ruminant Animal Diseases in the Coastal Environment – Epidemiological, Pathological, Therapeutic, and Preventive Aspects, and Impacts on Production