DVM-PhD Program: Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (VMSTP)
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Medical Scientist Training dual DVM-PhD 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 four to six years of research study.
Candidates for the DVM-PhD program must have high academic credentials and a documented interest in biomedical research. 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 practice their craft in any number of settings that focus on translational research, subsequently leading to bench-top research developments for the patient, the field, and public policy. 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.
Additional DVM-PhD career opportunities within a number of international agencies include: 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 Combined Studies?
- 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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