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The 2017 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, co-sponsored by the NCI and the AAVMC was held August 4th and 5th at the NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, MD.     

The 2017 symposium was a great success, with over 500 veterinary students presenting their summer research.  The agenda emphasized Global Health, Neuroscience and Genetics, and Comparative and Conservation Medicine.  This annual meeting is organized to provide a student focused scientific symposium that serves as the capstone for a program of summer research internships conducted nationwide, chiefly at colleges of veterinary medicine. It provides pre-doctoral veterinary students in clinical medical training with an orientation to a research symposium for the exchange of new scientific information and for discussions on experience in research.  It aims to increase scientific knowledge and to attract veterinary medical students into careers in research.  Each participating student presents a poster on his/her summer research project and attends platform presentations by leading scientists in human and veterinary medicine.                                                                                                                                





Combined DVM/PhD and Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Colloquium                                                                    August 3, 2017 (11 AM to 6 PM) at the NIH Natcher Conference Center

This colloquium was designed for university and NIH training coordinators, veterinary students currently enrolled in dual degree programs, as well as veterinary students interested in dual degree programs.

Goals of the colloquium were:

  • To provide a venue for our dual degree students and program directors to interact formally and informally
  • To share practices that work well in various combined degree programs, and to identify concerns or potential problems for students and programs, and thus help all program directors to continuously improve the training of DVM-PhD students
  • To provide content for dual degree students for their career advancement
  • To enable students to develop community and network with one another
  • To provide a forum for students to present their data to an audience of peers
  • To promote veterinary dual degree programs to NIH and other funding sources for support


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