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 program application is now available and the deadline to apply is Monday, February 8, 2016.

Inquiries about SVSRP should be addressed to

SVSRP students

Program Highlights

  • 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