The Veterinary Medical Scholars Program enables students to pursue a veterinary degree and a PhD in a complementary field. Students apply for admission to this program at the same time they apply for admission to the DVM program, or they may apply during the first or second year of the DVM program. Applicants must have demonstrated research experience and motivation toward a research-focused career.
The Summer Research Training Program is a 10-week experience. Students work full-time with a faculty research mentor, learn about laboratory safety and the use of animals and human subjects in research, explore careers in academia, industry, and government, and present their research project at the Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium.
Many Illinois veterinary students participate in research opportunities outside of the formal programs that are listed above. Identifying a research opportunity is sometimes as easy as visiting with a faculty member whose interests you share. The College of Veterinary Medicine Research Office can also assist with identifying research opportunities for DVM students.