Office of Research and Graduate Education

Welcome Message

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Message from the Director

The face of veterinary medicine is ever changing. New technologies and the emergence of molecular medicine provide veterinarians with heretofore unforeseen opportunities for the betterment of animal health and the welfare of society. These opportunities will require that veterinarians have broad expertise and training to implement the new paradigms in veterinary diagnosis and treatment that will be established in the new millennium. Veterinary scientists must be trained in an ever expanding array of fields from the basic biological sciences, biomedical engineering, information technology, to epidemiology, if we are to fulfill the expectations of society. Thus the training of veterinary scientists who are committed to academic medicine is essential to expand the frontiers of animal health and welfare.

Please explore our website and the excellent and ever expanding array of opportunities that UC Davis can provide for training of veterinary scientists.

Fern Tablin

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Message from the Associate Dean

As a Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP) scholar, you will find a wide variety of doctoral training programs in the biological sciences on the UC Davis campus. UC Davis continues to award more PhDs in the biological sciences than any other university in the United States. Prospective dual-degree students can choose from mentors within the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, School of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, or the Division of Biological Sciences. In addition, the resource assets of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the UC Davis Medical Center, the California National Primate Research Center, the NCI-designated Cancer Center, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Center for Biophotonics, the Center for Neuroscience, the Center for Comparative Medicine, the Mouse Biology Program, and 25+ additional organized research units, centers, and programs all contribute to the research enterprise in support of the VSTP. This depth of resources and collaborative opportunities enable scholars here to pursue "bench to bedside" and “farm to fork” research programs in a broad range of areas ranging from cancer biology and emerging infectious diseases to biomedical engineering and functional genomics.

Isaac Pessah
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education
School of Veterinary Medicine