DVM-PhD Program: Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (VMSTP)
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Scientist Training dual DVM-PhD degree program is designed to enhance the career development of students with an interest in science, veterinary research, and graduate education by pursing a DVM and PhD degree concurrently.
The DVM-PhD program consists of nine semesters of DVM study, plus three to six years of research study.
Candidates for the DVM-PhD program must have strong academic credentials and a documented interest in biomedical research. New appicants may apply to both programs concurrently. Current veterinary students in the College may apply during the DVM curriculum. Current PhD students may apply at any time during their program.
What Opportunities Does a DVM-PhD Degree Provide?
Individuals with veterinary clinical training (DVM) and research training (PhD) can work in any number of settings that focus on translational research. These settings include universities and research institutes, as well as government research labs and public policy bodies such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA.
There are additional DVM-PhD career opportunities within a number of international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health. For more detailed information, visit the DVM-PhD careers page.
Why A Dual Degree Program?
- Training: integrates both clinical veterinary medicine and biomedical research
- Expertise: unique blend of comparative medicine and translational research skills
- Career: proficient in research relevant to both human and animal health
- Focus: solving disease problems that require a diverse biomedical background
Training in both veterinary medicine and a basic science discipline will result in exceptionally qualified graduates to practice both clinical veterinary medicine and perform biomedical research relevant to human and animal health.
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