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Summer Veterinary Student Research Program / Merial Veterinary Scholars Program

We are pleased to offer the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP), a biomedical research training opportunity for first- and second-year veterinary students.

The SVSRP is sponsored by:

  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Merial Veterinary Scholars Program (MVSP)

Students applying to this summer program need to commit to a continuous 11-week program without interruption. The application deadline for the Summer 2015 program has passed.

Inquiries about SVSRP should be addressed to

Program Highlights

SVSRP students

  • One week of short courses in proposal writing, experimental design and analysis, humane care and use of laboratory animals, research ethics/management, common experimental techniques, and computer-based reports.
  • Funded travel to Washington, DC to meet with DVM/PhDs in research and policy positions at NIH, USDA, FDA, and HHMI.
  • Nine weeks of mentor-guided laboratory training in animal models of diseases.
  • Wednesday breakfast seminars on veterinary careers in research.

View the program overview to learn more.

Program Administration

Dr. Ansar Ahmed

S. Ansar Ahmed, BVSc, PhD
SVSRP Director
Professor of Immunology
Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology

Dr. Roger J. Avery

Roger J. Avery, PhD
SVSRP Co-Director
Senior Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
Professor, Virology