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 bjones57@vt.edu.

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
    avery@vt.edu