Welcome to the Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP) of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis. The mission of the VSTP is to provide an opportunity for veterinary students enrolled in the School to engage concurrently in a formal scientific training program, thus enabling them to graduate with dual DVM and PhD degrees. The goal of the VSTP is to train veterinary scientists who are especially well prepared to help meet evolving scientific, social, ethical, political and humanitarian challenges facing animal and public health care. Meeting these challenges requires advanced PhD training in a chosen scientific area in addition to the traditional training received during completion of the DVM degree.
Our program allows a broad diversity of PhD disciplines from which to select, including biomedical and biological sciences, engineering sciences and computer sciences.