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DVM Program Overview

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program

The College offers a four-year full-time program (curriculum) leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The first three years are taught in a case-based and traditional lecture/laboratory format. At the end of the first year, students choose a track - small animal, food animal, equine, mixed species and public/corporate veterinary medicine. Considerable flexibility exists for a student to tailor their curriculum to meet individual needs and interests. The senior year (clinical) is 12 months in length.

DVM and MPH Dual Degree Program

In recognition of a critical shortage of trained public health professionals coinciding with a period of substantially increased public health risks for the nation, Virginia Tech has developed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program that is based in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med) and operates as a collaborative program with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). Veterinary students from VA-MD Vet Med can pursue the MPH degree conjointly with their doctorate of veterinary medicine degree. Once admitted into the DVM program, students will apply and enroll in the MPH degree program through the Virginia Tech Graduate School application and admissions process.

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DVM and MS/PhD Dual Degree Program

In recognition of a need for veterinarians trained in both basic and clinical sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine offers the opportunity for DVM students to participate in graduate studies. Students receive the appropriate advanced training to conduct research in basic or clinical disciplines so they can bring their knowledge and research training into clinical investigations.

The extent of the DVM coursework and graduate MS/PhD coursework differs with each scientific discipline. A student participating in the combined degree program may elect a parallel curriculum program by enrolling in the DVM curriculum during fall and spring semesters, and graduate curriculum during the summer semesters with an additional 1 or 2 semesters beyond the DVM to complete the MS degree; one or two years beyond the DVM to complete a PhD degree. The student may elect for an integrated curriculum by completing the first two years of the DVM program, spending the next one or two years pursuing graduate studies full time, and then completing the remaining professional DVM degree program.

The combined degree program will ordinarily require five years of equivalent study time for DVM and MS degrees or six to seven years of equivalent study time for DVM and PhD degrees. A limited number of positions are available each year; therefore, only the best qualified applicants will be considered for the combined degree program.

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Questions about degree programs?

For more information about each program, please visit the following pages.