Major medical and biomedical breakthroughs generally involve multidisciplinary investigative teams with knowledge of basic and clinical sciences. Veterinarians have a well-grounded understanding and knowledge of disease processes; however the majority of veterinarians are not adequately trained, in a focused, purposeful fashion, to perform hypothesis-driven biomedical research. Consequently, there is a critical shortage of veterinarians with a biomedical research background in academic, government, and corporate settings to assume leadership roles.
In recognition of the critical need for veterinarians trained in both basic and clinical sciences, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine offers an opportunity for DVM students to purse a dual PhD program. The DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program will provide veterinary students with training in the skills of a researcher, and encourage them to pursue academic, government or corporate careers.
Students admitted into the DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program:
The total length of the program is approximately 7 years.
The following information applies to the application process for the dual degree program:
The DVM/PhD dual degree students will be provided with a full stipend (approximately $19,000) and tuition waiver during:
Based upon the studentsí research interest, the DVM/PhD Dual Degree Committee will assist the students in identification of a suitable faculty mentor to serve as the studentís major professor for PhD. This must be a mutually agreeable arrangement between the student and the major professor.
The mentor and the student will then appoint a 4-member faculty committee for the studentís PhD program. The research project of the DVM/PhD dual degree student will follow the same requirements as the regular PhD student.
At the beginning of the 3rd year, the student will join a regular DVM class and participate in the normal DVM curriculum during the Spring and Fall semesters. During the first two summer semesters of the DVM curriculum, the student will return to the laboratory to continue work on the PhD project.
After earning the DVM degree at the end of the sixth year, the student will return to the laboratory to complete the PhD program. It is expected that the student will complete the PhD within one year after completion of the DVM degree.
The students are expected to participate in the normal DVM curriculum and complete all required courses for DVM.
To fulfill the requirement of PhD coursework, the students are required to take a total of 90 credits, including:
Required courses for the PhD program include:
In general, the DVM/PhD dual degree student will follow the same requirements as the regular PhD student. However, the DVM/PhD student can use up to 24 credits of the courses taken in the DVM curriculum towards the fulfillment of requirements for a PhD.
Further clarification of the program will be available if the applicants are invited for an interview.