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NCRR Training Programs for Veterinarian Scientists

Veterinarians play a critical role in biomedical research. To encourage and support careers in veterinary science, the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) offers several training and professional development opportunities.

Predoctoral Opportunities

    * The Predoctoral T32 Training Program is available at select universities that have received an Institutional Training Award from NCRR. The grant supports a year of research in a biomedical laboratory. This training can occur at any point during veterinary school.
    * The Summer T35 Training Program is available at select institutions that have received an Institutional Training Award from NCRR. The grant provides summer research experiences after the first or second year of veterinary school. Students who discover that they have an affinity for research through their summer T35 project can apply to renew their funding.

Postdoctoral Opportunities

    * The Postdoctoral T32 Training Program is available at select universities that have received an Institutional Training Award from NCRR. These awards pay veterinarians' stipends for up to three years of research. NCRR funds about 90 veterinarians in various levels of training every year through this program.
    * The Clinical and Translational Science Awards Mentored Career Development Program (KL2) provides salary support and protected time for highly qualified junior faculty to conduct multidisciplinary clinical or translational research. The purpose of the KL2 program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the nation's biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs. The award is for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years.
    * The Special Emphasis Research Career Award in Pathology and Comparative Medicine (K01) enables graduate veterinarians with experience in research to become independent biomedical investigators in research that is related to comparative medicine. This award includes salary as well as up to $20,000 in research support.


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Reprinted with permission from NCRR Reporter

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