Stem Cell Initiative Research Academics & Research VA-MD Vet Med

Education & Training


Under the leadership of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, students have the opportunity to train alongside VMRCVM stem cell biologists. The research staff conducts a broad spectrum of basic molecular and translational/applied research focused on stem cell applications in animal and human health. Please contact the faculty directly regarding availability for research training within individual laboratories.

Research Training Opportunities

graduate student training

  • Graduate Studies in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS) - The graduate program at VMRCVM leads to either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS). The program is designed to prepare graduate students to be scholars and researchers who will benefit society by advancing veterinary and biomedical knowledge. Learn more
  • DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program - In recognition of the critical need for veterinarians trained in both basic and clinical sciences, the college offers an opportunity for DVM students to purse a dual PhD program. The program provides veterinary students with research training to pursue academic, government or corporate careers. Learn more
  • Regenerative Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) - The IGEP graduate training program provides students the opportunity to conduct specialized research in stem cell biology, biomaterials, modeling and experimental design, business and public policy, or science studies as related to regenerative medicine—a new medical approach that seeks to restore both structure and function of tissues lost to injury, disease or congenital defects. Learn more
  • Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP) - The SVSRP training program encourages veterinary students to consider a biomedical research career. The program includes one week of short courses in a variety of research topics, nine weeks of mentor-guided laboratory training in animal models of diseases, breakfast seminars on veterinary careers in research, funded travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with DVM/PhDs in research and policy positions at NIH, USDA, FDA, and HHMI, and funded travel to present research at the Merial NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Learn more
  • Animal Model Research for Veterinarians (AMRV) Post-DVM Training Program - The AMRV post-DVM graduate (MS or PhD) program trains veterinarians in state-of-the-art research skills to launch successful careers in the areas of animal models of infectious diseases, immunology, molecular biology, physiology, toxicology, and nutrition. Learn more