Agribusiness master's adds animal health focus

Agribusiness master's adds animal health focus

KANSAS State University's master of agribusiness (MAB) distance degree program is now offering an MAB tailored to individuals working in the animal health industry.

The MAB program combines a master of business administration and a master's degree in agricultural economics with a focus on professionals working in the animal health and agribusiness industries. The one-week "on-campus" portions of the program will be held at Kansas State's Olathe, Kan., campus.

"The goal of the program is to take people who work in the industry and allow them to learn business and management skills from instructors who understand the animal health and veterinary medicine industry," Allen Featherstone, professor of agricultural economics and director of the MAB program, said.

The Kansas State MAB program has provided business and management skills for food and agricultural professionals since 1998 and is expanding to add a focus on the animal health industry, an announcement said. The program includes courses in finance, economics, risk management, management, marketing, strategy, policy and more, with each course geared toward the animal health and agribusiness industries for maximum applicability.

The MAB distance program allows students to continue working throughout the program. Coursework is covered in the first two years so a thesis may be completed in the third year.

In the first two years, students begin their courses at the Olathe campus for one week in August. They return for a second week in October to take finals, interact with industry leaders and give presentations. For the rest of the year, coursework is completed using content delivered through the internet, DVDs, podcasts, email and interactive recitation sessions.

Applications are now being accepted for the class starting in August. More information is available at www.mab.ksu.edu/AnimalHealth.html.

Volume:85 Issue:16

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