SVSRP Mission & Funding


The objective of the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP) is to expose veterinary students to research and the diverse opportunities for a biomedical research career. Veterinarians with a biomedical research background are in demand and this career path provides many opportunities in academic, federal, biotech and pharmaceutical institutions. To achieve our objective we have identified four key success factors:

  • Close interaction of high-quality students who show an interest in research with enthusiastic competent scientists as mentors
  • Educational activities that support a fundamental learning experience in biomedical research
  • Exposure to veterinarians in federal governmental agencies, academia (medical and veterinary school), and industry who have chosen to pursue a biomedical research career
    A distinguishing feature of our summer program is the close proximity to Washington DC and the presence of our campus in College Park, Maryland. Summer scholars will be provided with an opportunity to visit DVM scientists working in federal agencies such as NIH, USDA, FDA, and Walter Reed.
  • Strong follow-up program ensuring research options for program alumni
  • Breakfast seminar with DVM scientists from federal agencies, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and medical schools.


  • SVSRP trainees receive a stipend by direct deposit to the bank account provided by the scholar. Historically, stipends have been equivalent to the amount specified by the annual NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Service Award standard.
  • Travel, lodging, and meals for the Washington, D.C. visit and National Veterinary Scholars Symposium are reimbursed.