For Current VMED MS and PhD Students

Program Guidelines

Current Veterinary Medicine (VMED)  students should refer to the VMED program guidelines which provide a comprehensive overview of the expectations and timelines for graduate students.

VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2014-15)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2015-16)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2016-17)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2017-18)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2018-19)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2019-20)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2020-21)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2021-22)
VMED Program Guidelines (AY 2022-23)


There are several resources available to students located throughout the university.

Fall 2021 New Graduate Student Orientation Literature Review and Other Useful Skills Session

Student Academic Resources

Health and Wellbeing


Helpful Links

International Students

Graduate Seminar Course

The graduate seminar course provides students with the opportunity to present their research work with their fellow students. Seminars are held on a weekly basis throughout the semester and a complete schedule can be found by visiting the link below. 

Spring 2023 Graduate Student Seminar Schedule

Course Registration

Course planning should be discussed with your advisor or director of graduate studies, as applicable. For questions relating to system or special permission procedures, please contact your graduate program coordinator. 

Additional resources relating to course registration can be located by visiting: 

MyU: Academics
U of M One Stop
Graduate Education Forms and Policies
University of Minnesota's Graduate School

Graduate Planning and Audit System (GPAS)

GPAS allows graduate students to plan future coursework and view degree progress. To ensure your degree course plan is on the right track, students must work with their Graduate Program Coordinator to obtain Program Advisory Committee (PAC) approval. Students should aim to complete this step by the end of their first spring semester. 

Please contact your graduate program coordinator for additional information. 

Thesis Examination Committee 

Students in the MS and the PhD program must have their thesis examination committee approved by the Veterinary Medicine (VMED) PAC. 

Students must complete their corresponding program form and email the completed form to the appropriate program contact.

Requesting examination committee - Master’s 
Requesting examination committee - PhD

Once approved by the VMED PAC, students must electronically submit their approved examination committee. You can find the appropriate form by clicking on “Step 4: Launch your electronic form to submit or update your examination committee assignment.”

Students must routinely meet with their thesis examination committee. Your examination committee chair will submit a thesis committee meeting summary form to detail your progress. Your graduate program coordinator will email you a copy of the report. Thesis committee meeting summary form

Individualized Development Plan (IDP)

Students should work with their advisors to develop a career plan to help define and pursue their career goals. Creating an IDP is a program requirement to prepare students in their post-academic career. Individualized Development Plan (IDP)

Preparing for Graduation

There are several degree completion steps required to graduate. Students should work with their advisor, thesis examination committee, and graduate program coordinator to verify degree completion steps. All degree completion requirements must be completed by the last business day of the month a student wishes to graduate. 

Additional resources relating to degree completion steps / graduation can be found by visiting: