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 In the combined DVM/PhD Program, you will integrate the professional aspects of veterinary medicine with the academic and research aspects of scientific fields of study.

DVM/PhD Combined Degree Program

The DVM/PhD program at Colorado State University is a 7-8 year course of study leading to both a PhD and a DVM degree. There is a well-documented need for veterinarians trained to carry out high quality biomedical research in academic, government and industry settings, and the goal of this program is to help meet that need. Our students are engaged in a broad array of basic and translational research in all four departments of the College.

Admission to the DVM/PhD program is highly competitive. The selection committee seeks students with a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for research. The committee also considers a student's performance in upper-level science classes and GRE scores.

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Students accepted into the DVM/PhD program can expect a rigorous and demanding curriculum over 7-8 years.

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In year one, students identify a mentor and laboratory and begin their PhD research. The program director may facilitate contact between entering students and potential mentors at any time after acceptance into the program.

View a listing of previous DVM/PhD trainees and faculty mentors, including current employment positions.

For administrative and general questions, please contact Aimee Oke,

For programmatic questions, please contact Dr. Edward Hoover,