Student Research Opportunities
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Internal Research Opportunities (not all inclusive)

At Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, research is fully integrated into the DVM program, providing ample opportunities for veterinary students to learn and explore. The college has a robust research enterprise that addresses disease problems affecting both humans and animals. The availability of various research opportunities and their integration into the DVM program provides an ideal environment for veterinary students to enrich their learning experience.

Summer Scholar Research Program

  • Research conducted at ISU, USDA, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)
  • Poster presentations at ISU annual research day, local conferences, and national conferences
  • AVMA-AVMF fellowship/scholarship available to an outstanding student to continue their research
  • USDA National Animal Disease Center tours

Temporary/part-time employment in research laboratories and on farms

  • Available at ISU, USDA, and UNL
  • See current job opportunities here


  • Swine Medicine Applied Research Internship
  • Dairy Veterinary Internship
  • Swine Veterinary Internship
  • Production Immersive Knowledge Experience


Concurrent DVM Program, MS or PhD

Didactic lectures and seminars at ISU

  • Enhance research knowledge and practical research application
  • Introduction of key aspects of research including:
    • Understanding the impact of research on medicine and clinical practice
    • Components of medical research publications and presentations
    • Formulating hypotheses, experimental design in clinical setting, and data analysis
    • Scientific integrity and confidentiality

Endowed research lectureships

  • Ramsey Lecture Series
  • One Health Lecture Series

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External Research Program Opportunities (not all inclusive)

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program

The CVM Summer Scholar Research Program at Iowa State University exposes veterinary students to careers in research. Interest in these careers is stimulated by providing active research experience through a summer project and by exposing students to successful role models in both the academic and industry side of animal health and biomedical research.

Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians

This award is open to graduate veterinarians who will soon complete of have recently completed a PhD program in the biomedical sciences, or who are in the final 1 or 2 years of residency training in the field of veterinary pathology, medicine, surgery, radiology/imaging, or laboratory animal medicine.  Additional information on the award and how to apply can be found at the listed website.


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