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Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program (VMSRTP)


The Veterinary Medical Student Research Training Program (VMSRTP) provides stipends to first- and second-year veterinary students for a summer research experience. Students are accepted from Texas A&M University and from other colleges of veterinary medicine.

The VMSRTP is funded by awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, and the William & Doris Klemm Fellowship, and by the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

About the VMSRTP


Student fellows conduct mentored research during a 13-week period in the summer. The experience is supplemented with field trips to other research institutions, a TAMU research conference, and the Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium.

Schedule / Important Dates


The formal program will begin on Monday, May 9, 2016, with two half-days of orientation to biomedical research. The summer concludes with our local research conference and travel to the Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium.



On-line applications are accepted from all veterinary students in their 1st or 2nd years. Applications will open in November, with a deadline of Friday, February 5, 2016.

Previous Fellows


VMSRTP fellows have gone on to complete PhDs and achieve board certification in Veterinary Pathology, Laboratory Animal Medicine, and Internal Medicine. See abstracs of their VMSRTP projects.

Faculty Mentors


Faculty mentors are available in a variety of disciplines from the CVM in addition to the Colleges of Medicine, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Engineering, and the Institute of Biosciences & Technology.

Other Opportunities


There are abundant opportunities for veterinary students to experience research for a summer or for a year-long program. This is a partial listing of programs available to students.


Program Directors


Drs. Kier, Long & Smith are here to help you in finding a mentor and learning about veterinary and biomedical research. Drs. Burghardt and Rogers provide support for the program through the Dean's Office.