The BMS program is designed to train biomedical scientists in veterinary and comparative biology with emphasis on morphological analysis, cellular and molecular biology and physiology.
BMS Graduate Program
The graduate program of the department focuses on two major areas: residency training in preparation for board certification, and research training at the Master's level. The department offers the Master of Science degree with a major in Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Surgery, or Theriogenology.
VCS Graduate Program
The department is uniquely composed of faculty with internationally recognized expertise in a variety of basic disciplines, including bacteriology, epidemiology, immunology, pathology, statistics, toxicology, and virology. Research is focused on infectious and non-infectious diseases at both the basic and applied levels.
VDPAM Graduate Program
A broad range of basic and applied research is represented by the faculty who participate in our graduate programs. These include: immunomodulation, vaccine development, infectious diseases, microbiology, microbial genetics, microbial pathogenesis, molecular virology, diagnostics, epidemiology, food microbiology, and food safety.
VMPM Graduate Program
The department has focus areas of pathology, clinical pathology, parasitology, and an emphasis on training ACVP board-certified pathologists (residency/MS or PhD). We link basic and clinical science through essential roles in learning for students (undergraduate, veterinary and graduate) and veterinarians, diagnosis and reporting of diseases, and scientific research, including infectious and emerging diseases, parasitic diseases, animal models, and diseases of high consequence to animal and human health through integrated education, diagnostics, and research.
VPATH Graduate Program
Concurrent and Sequential DVM/PhD Enrollment
There are two options available for obtaining a dual DVM/PhD degree at ISU CVM. A PhD can be obtained in a number of subjects including infectious disease, biomedical sciences, and others. Graduates from our DVM/PhD programs are trained to fill the documented need for high quality veterinarian researchers in academia, government, and industry. These are example pathways for concurrent and sequential enrollment. There is flexibility within these programs as you are planning your program of study, and as you are fulfilling these degree requirements. For questions regarding concurrent and sequential enrollment, contact Dr. Bradley Blitvich, Interim Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
Students in the professional school (DVM) may also enroll for graduate studies in the Masters with thesis program in any of the 5 departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and are highly motivated will be considered. A veterinary student who has completed a minimum of 90 semester credits or their equivalent in pre-veterinary and professional curricula or has earned a bachelor's degree and wishes to concurrently enroll in a graduate degree program or certificate must follow the procedures outlined below to obtain permission. After the concurrent status has been approved, there is no limit on the number of credits that may be earned toward the graduate degree before receiving the DVM. degree. Credits before concurrent status cannot be transferred.
Concurrent Graduate Degree Application Form
Iowa State University offers applicants to the College of Veterinary Medicine the opportunity to apply for the concurrent Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Masters of Business Administration Program. This program is designed to allow a student admitted to the DVM program a one-year deferment to the professional program in order to begin the MBA at Iowa State University’s College of Business. Detailed information about the program and its requirements can be found on the College of Business website.
This combined degree program is the result of the collaboration between faculty at Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Veterinary students can complete this degree concurrently and graduate in four years. Graduate veterinarians can utilize distance technology and obtain the MPH degree while remaining in their current job and place of residence. Detailed information regarding applications, classes, and opportunities for graduates working in public health can be found at the link below.
Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Students
Professional development resources for Iowa State graduate students are available online at the Graduate College's Center for Communication Excellence.
Financing a Graduate Degree
The ISU Graduate College has several resources to help with the financing of a graduate degree.
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