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DVM and Dual Degree Program Overview

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program

The college offers a four-year full-time professional program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. Students receive hands-on veterinary education in core subjects to prepare for entry-level clinical practice for all major animal species, as well as in-depth training focused on interest area to enhance job-readiness based on career choice.

The first three years of the program involve study in a case-based and traditional lecture/laboratory format. Starting in the second year, students focus on, or "track," their primary area of interest —small animal, food animal, equine, mixed species or public/corporate veterinary medicine—with considerable flexibility for students to tailor their curriculum to meet individual needs. The fourth year of study includes 12 months of clinical training divided into 17 three-week clerkships (or blocks).

Learn more about the DVM professional program.

DVM/MPH Dual Degree Program

Virginia Tech's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree prepares graduates to practice public health in local, state, regional, national, and global settings. The program, based in the college, operates collaboratively with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Veterinary students from VA-MD Vet Med can pursue the MPH degree in conjunction with their DVM degree. Once admitted into the DVM program, students apply and enroll in the MPH degree program through the Virginia Tech Graduate School application and admissions process.

Learn more about the MPH degree program.

DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program

In recognition of a need for veterinarians trained in both basic and clinical sciences, the college offers the opportunity for DVM students to participate in graduate studies. Students receive the appropriate advanced training to conduct research in basic or clinical disciplines so they can bring their knowledge and research training into clinical investigations.

The combined DVM/PhD degree program requires six to seven years of study. A limited number of positions are available each year; therefore, only the best qualified applicants are considered.

Learn more about the DVM/PhD dual degree program.

Questions about degree programs?

For more information about each program, please visit the following pages.