Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program



Veterinarian Scientists

In response to the national need to increase the number of well-trained veterinarian-scientists to meet societal needs in biomedical research and other important fields of public health, Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been an active leader is creating opportunities for all veterinarians interested in research.  As the #1 ranked veterinary college in the US (according to the US News & World Report) consistently since 2000 and having the strengths of the Biological & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, which include high level basic and biomedical research training, a flexible curriculum, and outstanding clinical or translational research opportunities, the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine makes an excellent training ground for veterinarian-scientists. 

The Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is committed to supporting veterinarians who are seeking to develop their scientific knowledge and research skills. The Cornell campus hosts a research-oriented veterinary college together with internationally-recognized research programs in the physical sciences, the life sciences, and engineering. Our research programs provide opportunities for cutting-edge research in a broad spectrum of biomedical sciences with special strengths in cancer biology, medical genetics, infectious diseases, and reproductive studies. Veterinarians with advanced research training are needed in industry, academia, and government.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell has long-recognized this need, and for over 20 years it has provided support to veterinarian-scientists. In 2009, the College established the Veterinarian Research Training Oversight Committee whose charge is to oversee veterinarian-research training at the College to ensure quality and continuity in these programs. We encourage you to explore the opportunities that are available. A brief summary of the opportunities follows.

 Prior to Becoming a Veterinary Student

  • Cornell Combined DVM-PhD Degree Program - The goal of the Cornell Combined DVM-PhD Degree Program is to train students to become outstanding clinician-scientists. By integrating Cornell's veterinary and graduate curricula in the DVM-PhD Program, we prepare students to become leaders in science, medicine, and society, able to excel in basic research, cutting-edge medicine, and teaching.


While a Veterinary Student

  • Summer Programs - There are numerous opportunities for veterinary students to participate in summer research programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine.  These programs are collectively designed to provide veterinary students an introduction to research.  The College hosts six different research-intensive summer programs each year that are open to veterinary students from Cornell and other institutions.    


Post-Veterinarian Completion

  • Graduate Research Award (GRA) - This fellowship is reserved for holders of the DVM degree (or equivalent) who wish to earn their PhD at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.  It provides three years of funding at a stipend rate that is competitive and based on the education and level of experience.
  • Graduate Training Program in Comparative Medicine for Veterinary Scientists -  This NIH-funded program is intended for veterinarians who aspire to careers in which research will become a significant element of the individual's professional activities. Training in a variety of disciplines is offered by faculty who are distinguished scientists and accomplished mentors.
  • Postgraduate Studies in Equine Medicine: Equine Medicine Research & Training Programs - The Equine Medicine Research Group at Cornell University offers an exceptional environment for equine research in immunology, respiratory function and disease, and reproductive biology, with funding from the NIH and USDA and unique animal and laboratory resources. 
  • Cornell Clinical Fellowship - The Cornell Clinical Fellowship program is the first program of its kind in the country.  The goal of the Cornell Clinical Fellowship program is to provide comprehensive research training for clinical specialists committed to an academic career. 
  • Cornell Residency Training - While a Cornell resident, there may be a possibility for advanced research training to allow you to gain insight and skills necessary for entering the world of scientific research.