A DVM/PhD in veterinary medicine is typically a 5 - 7 -year graduate program that focuses on increasing the knowledge of basic and allied sciences in the area of animal health. The goals of combined doctoral programs in a veterinary medicine are to train graduate students to be independent basic, applied and/or clinical researchers and to achieve successful careers in academia, industry or government service.
Selected majors/areas of research for a DVM/PhD in Veterinary Medicine include
Cell and Molecular Biology Nanobiotechnology Genomics Biomedical Engineering Food Sciences Biophysics Biochemistry Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Public Health
Students in combined DVM/PhD doctoral programs must pass a written and oral qualifying exam and then complete and formally defend a doctoral dissertation based on original research. In general, all programs require that successful candidates for the degree demonstrate: The ability to conduct independent research at a high level, leading to completion of a dissertation which is defended before a committee of scholars. Because examinations given as part of a PhD curriculum assess expert knowledge, they are created and evaluated by a committee of experts, each of whom holds a DVM or PhD degree Proficiency in the tools necessary to carry out this research, including but not limited to computer skills and bibliographic competence Mastery of general and specific subject matter in the field of study before a committee of scholars.
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