DVM-PhD Program Information
The Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (VMSTP) was established to facilitate the important integration of basic science and comparative translational medicine by training an exclusive group of exceptional students who demonstrate their extraordinary potential as veterinary scientists. Both the DVM and the PhD programs of the University of Georgia have very rigorous admission standards and graduation criteria, and require a documented interest in biomedical research. Although there are varied routes to obtain both the DVM and PhD degrees, candidates that are recruited from baccalaureate programs are encouraged to initiate training in the PhD curriculum prior to entering the DVM program.
Future veterinarians seeking to become biomedical researchers, who bridge the human-animal interface, are encouraged to seek research training by acquiring a PhD. Training in both veterinary medicine and a basic science discipline will result in an exceptionally qualified individual that is able to practice both clinical veterinary medicine and perform biomedical research relevant to both human and animal health.
The philosophy of this program is “One Medicine,” where veterinary medicine interacts with human medicine, and both interlock with basic research to contribute to the advancement of biomedical research. A well-structured graduate program, with cutting-edge research training, will greatly enhance the career development of young scientists.
Our goal is to produce an outstanding group of biomedical researchers capable of identifying new emerging diseases, revealing their mechanisms of pathogenesis, and providing novel solutions for their control. This innovative program produces scientists with a clinical background to investigate complex human and animal health issues. The advancement of biomedical research requires comparative training in human and animal species and a high level of research experience. The UGA CVM rigorous curriculum, superb training facilities, and highly competitive research opportunities provide the link for outstanding students to develop into clinical scientists generating cutting-edge discoveries.
How does the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training dual DVM-PhD degree program work?
- Each VMSTP scholar can structure his/her own training program with the oversight of his/her mentoring committee and the program administrators
- Student completes 30 hours of graduate coursework for the PhD
- 9 semesters of DVM study, with 3 to 6 years of research for the PhD segment
- PhD research typically continues during summers and elective periods while enrolled as a DVM student
- Typically the dual DVM-PhD program takes at least seven years to complete both degrees
- The Dorothy and Thomas Morris Scholarship is available to VMSTP students during the DVM portion of the DVM-PhD program. This scholarship provides $18,000 per year for tuition and expenses.
- UGA graduate assistantships are available to students during the PhD portion of their program. Students may be eligible for assistantships funded by the Graduate School or by an individual department. Talk to the program director for more information.
- Talk to the program director for more information about available financial aid.
Cost of Study for the DVM-PhD program
- College of Veterinary Medicine DVM program tuition and fees
- UGA Graduate School PhD current tuition and fees
- Visit the Bursars page for Tuition and Fee information
DVM-PhD Program Enrollment
During the program, students are enrolled:
- In the College of Veterinary Medicine DVM program
- In the PhD graduate school program
Possible PhD graduate programs within the CVM or outside of the CVM that may be compatible with the dual DVM-PhD degree program are: computer science, statistics, biological sciences, cellular biology, toxicology, psychology, pharmacology, genetics, biochemistry, ecology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, policy, engineering and others.
I am currently Enrolled in a DVM or Graduate Program AND Desire to Pursue a DVM-PhD Degree
Any student already pursuing the DVM or PhD degree at UGA may apply to the VMSTP. However, financial support and ranking for available research training projects are determined annually on a competitive basis. DVM courses are taken at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia. PhD courses are fulfilled in graduate departments of the University of Georgia and affiliated sites.
Why Dual Degree Program at UGA CVM?
UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine faculty are among the most talented and experienced professionals in their fields. Former trainees from graduate programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine have been very successful at the national and international level in developing policy for infectious disease control, food safety, and global health.
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