The Cornell Combined DVM/PhD Degree Program was established to create a unique opportunity for a limited number of exceptionally motivated and academically superior students who wish to pursue a DVM and PhD degree.
Our academic objective is bold: we seek to integrate the most rigorous basic scientific and clinical training so that our graduates will be at the forefront of biomedicine and the veterinary profession in academic research, medicine and teaching; government service and public health; or the pharmaceutical industry. Our Program takes advantage of Cornell's uniquely interdisciplinary environment to merge clinical training at the nation's top-ranked veterinary school with the University's internationally-recognized strengths in cell and molecular biology, nanobiotechnology, genomics, biomedical engineering, food sciences, biophysics, biochemistry, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, and public health.
Building on Cornell's founding principles, "...where any person can find instruction in any study," we recognize that our diversity of students and their needs for different types of training require flexibility in the design of an individual's course of study. We therefore offer two curriculum track options and mentoring by members of the Dual Degree Oversight Committee and other faculty throughout the Program, to help guide students through their choices.
For students, the benefits of Cornell's Combined DVM/PhD Degree Program include: