Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program D.V.M. and Ph.D. Combined Degree Program

Integrate the professional aspects of veterinary medicine with the academic and research aspects of scientific fields of study.


  • Year one: Graduate courses, laboratory rotations to choose a laboratory, begin dissertation research
  • Year two: D.V.M. Program year one and graduate electives
  • Year three: D.V.M. Program year two and graduate electives
  • Years four and five: Dissertation research, thesis preparation and defense
  • Optional year six: Completion of Ph.D. or fellowship year
  • Years six and seven (or seven and eight): Final two years of D.V.M. Program

Program Highlights

  • Equips graduates to be veterinary biomedical scientists by integrating research and medical training

  • Emphasizes personal, engaged mentoring by program directors and faculty

  • Awarded Medical Scientist Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health

Application Information and Deadlines

  1. Follow the general D.V.M. application process, ensuring you complete the D.V.M./Ph.D. section of the Colorado Supplemental Application.
  2. Separately from the VMCAS, email the following to the program administrative coordinator at
    • Three letters of reference that describe your qualifications and aptitude for the combined D.V.M./Ph.D. program. At least one should be from a research mentor who can address your commitment to and abilities in research.
    • Your CV/resume that includes education, independent research experiences, publications, abstracts, presentations. Please include GRE General Test scores.
    • GRE General Test scores

If you indicate you wish to be considered for the combined D.V.M./Ph.D. program (on the Colorado Supplemental Application), your application will additionally be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool. When decisions are released, if you receive an OFFER to the D.V.M./Ph.D. program, you will not be further considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool, regardless of whether or not you accept or decline the D.V.M./Ph.D. offer. If you are denied or designated as an alternate for the D.V.M./Ph.D. program, your application will be considered in the regular D.V.M. admissions pool.

If you withdraw your acceptance to the D.V.M./Ph.D. program before/after matriculation into the graduate program, you will be dismissed from the professional D.V.M. program. You will have to re-apply for admission to the D.V.M. program or the graduate school.

Interview Process

Interviews are an intensive on-site, two-day visit including a formal interview with the Internal Advisory Committee, one-on-one meetings with three potential faculty research mentors that share the interviewee’s interests, significant interaction with current program trainees, and a dinner with all of the above.

D.V.M. Application Process

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Have questions about the program, minimum requirements, application process, or tuition and financial aid? Fill out the contact form to get in touch with our program staff.

Tuition and Financial Aid

First-year students' stipend and graduate school tuition are paid by the college. Stipend and tuition for subsequent graduate training is provided by the mentor laboratory and are paid by the trainee's research advisor. Resident D.V.M. tuition is provided by the college. The program directors will assist students in identifying extramural funding opportunities to supplement stipend and tuition during the program.

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