Education and Training

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The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine prepares future leaders for success in the dynamic veterinary medical field. We offer DVM, PhD, and MS degrees as well as a number of dual degree programs.


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is a fully accredited rigorous four-year professional program preceded by three to four years of pre-professional studies. Students benefit from one of the largest veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, as well as world-renowned faculty in infectious disease, genomics, comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, epidemiology, and dairy, swine, and avian medicine.

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Graduate Programs: PhD and MS Degrees

Graduate programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine derive from the principle that advancing human and animal medicine is based on the same scientific principles and foundations. We provide PhD and MS training at the intersections of animals, humans, and the environment.

Graduate programs in Veterinary Medicine (VMED) provide high-quality research training to help graduates discover and improve ways to benefit the health and well being of companion and food animals and wildlife. The PhD program prepares independent basic and applied scientists for successful careers in academia, industry, or government. Our MS program instills technical competencies to promote research and medical practice careers. Students choose from four areas of scientific investigation.

The Comparative and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) program is transdisciplinary and intercollegiate, bringing together basic, applied, and clinical scientists from across the University of Minnesota to provide students with individualized, cutting-edge biomedical research training to address both animal and human health. The CMB program focuses on health that spans a wide range of species, from laboratory animal, companion animal, and livestock species to humans.

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Dual Degrees

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a DVM/PhD dual degree. This rigorous training program prepares students for academic or industrial careers in veterinary medical sciences. Applicants must be either selected for an interview or accepted into the DVM program prior to being consdiderd. The dual degree can be completed concurrently or in sequential order. 

The College of Veterinary Medicine also offers a DVM/MPH dual degree. Students can combine their veterinary studies with a Master of Public Health, and the program is designed so that both degrees can be earned in four years.