Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
Each summer Merial and the NIH sponsor an international
symposium bringing together veterinary students engaged in research
through summer programs and combined DVM/PhD degree programs.
Usually, 425-450 students from 28 CVMs in the USA and Canada attend
All students participating in the Texas A&M Summer Research
Program are strongly encouraged to participate. To
date, either the CVM or Merial has paid expenses (travel,
registration & room) for all students to attend.
The Symposia are hosted by CVMs on their campus (except in 2007,
when Pennsylvania hosted a Symposium on the NIH Campus in Bethesda,
MD). Future Symposia will be hosted by the NIH (2017), Texas
A&M University (2018), & Tufts University (2019).
Poster Sessions. All student submit an abstract
on their research, then prepare a poster to present at the
Symposium. Poster sessions are a chance to meet and interact with
students and scientists from other CVMs and with scientists from
Merial, the NIH and other institutions.
Scientific Sessions. Scientific presentations,
by established and young investigators, present state-of-the-art
research on veterinary and biomedical sciences. Many scientists are
present for most of the symposium, allowing students an opportunity
to meet them.
Most of all, students meet other veterinary students and have
plenty of time for "unscheduled" fun.
2016 Symposium at the Ohio State
2015 Symposium at University of
2014 Symposium at Cornell University
2013 Symposium at Michigan State
2012 Symposium at Colorado State
2011 Symposium at Disney World (University of
2010 Symposium at University of Georgia
2009 Symposium at North Carolina State
2008 Symposium at Michigan State
2007 Symposium at the National Institutes of
2006 Symposium at Louisiana State
2005 Symposium at the University of
2004 Symposium at Auburn University
2003 Symposium at Kansas State University