One Health and Research-Related Student Opportunities

Veterinarians play a key role in protecting the health

of our nation, yet there is a shortage of veterinarians working

in public health and biomedical research.


Solve Real Problems, Find Solutions

Researchers make a difference in the world. They investigate and discover. They find cures. Student research opportunities give you the chance to follow your curiosity, explore, and work with people who are on the cutting edge of knowledge. And you just might discover that it leads to a fascinating career.

Here are some research-related resources that can help you along.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer an epidemiology elective program for senior medical and veterinary medical students who have an interest in public health. Participants have an opportunity to learn while working with CDC epidemiologists to solve real-world public health problems.

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows Program offers one-year mentored clinical research training experiences for doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in health-related professions at NIH-funded research sites, especially in Africa, Asia and South America.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program
enables medical, dental, and veterinary students at schools located in the U.S. to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the U.S. except federal government agencies. The goal of the program is to encourage more students to pursue academic and research careers. Veterinary students are especially encouraged to apply.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program exposes veterinary medical students in their first or second year of veterinary school to biomedical research and career opportunities in research.The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program culminates in the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, co-sponosred by the AAVMC, where veterinary students participating in the program gather from all over the U.S. and Canada to present their research findings and share experiences from their various programs. See participating schools and contacts.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, osteopathic, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Scholars engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and career goals. This prestigious program is a great addition to your veterinary medical education as well as a chance to discover if a career in research is right for you.