CVM Dual Degree

Pre-Veterinary track students may want to consider dual degrees to receive an excellent foundation for careers in research, public health, government, international health, and private industry. Dual degree programs aim to address the critical need for veterinary researchers and academic clinicians. These programs typically require 6-8 years after undergraduate studies. A DMV dual degree program typically coordinates with one of the following programs of study:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • PhD


DVM/MPH, DVM/MS, DVM/PHD The College of Veterinary Medicine offers a dual degree program for DVM and MS or DVM and PhD degrees.  This program allows students to pursue DVM and graduate degrees simultaneously in a time- and content-integrated manner. Graduates of this program have strong backgrounds in veterinary medicine and research and are well prepared for successful careers in academia, industry, or specialty clinics. Students must apply to and be admitted to the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and then apply for admission to the Biomedical Sciences graduate program through the Auburn University Graduate School.  Students already admitted to the Graduate School may also apply for admission to the DVM program for entry to the dual degree program.

UC Davis 

DVM/PHD (Veterinary Scientist Training Program) The mission of the VSTP is to provide an opportunity for veterinary students enrolled in the School to engage concurrently in a formal scientific training program, thus enabling them to graduate with dual DVM and Ph.D. degrees. The goal of the VSTP is to train veterinary scientists who are especially well prepared to help meet evolving scientific, social, ethical, political and humanitarian challenges facing animal and public health care. Meeting these challenges requires advanced Ph.D. training in a chosen scientific area in addition to the traditional training received during completion of the DVM degree.

DVM/MPVM Program  The DVM/MPVM Dual degree program is designed to train the next generation of veterinary epidemiology, research, and One Health scientists. UC Davis combines a rich epidemiological, statistical, and One Health training with #1 ranked training in veterinary medicine. Particular strengths and areas of interest include agriculture and medicine, One Health, zoonotic and vector-borne disease, planetary health, ecosystem health, wildlife medicine, shelter medicine, veterinary statistics, clinical trials, and many more. Dual degree candidates must fulfill all requirements for the DVM and MPVM. They can either take the MPVM coursework and begin their research after 2 DVM years or after 4 DVM years. Please see MPVM Program Requirements for a description of the MPVM required courses and research project ( Upon successful completion of the DVM requirements and the MPVM research report, students will graduate with the dual degrees. They may elect to enroll for an additional quarter after the DVM concludes if necessary to complete and submit the MPVM research.

Colorado State University

University of Florida
This program provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue public health positions in research, government, international health, and private industry. Public health-trained veterinarians are uniquely qualified to address and meet the needs of emerging diseases, food system problems, and respond to acts of bioterrorism. The DVM/MPH degree is offered jointly by the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

College of Veterinary Medicine offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Veterinary Medical Sciences to prepare students for careers in biomedical science. Specialized graduate study is available in the fields of Aquatic Animal Health and (via distance education) Forensic Toxicology. The graduate program provides training in basic and applied veterinary medical research for qualified students with a baccalaureate degree or a D.V.M. or equivalent degree. Completion of the M.S. degree program usually takes two years, and completion of the Ph.D. degree program usually takes four years. Certification in Forensic Toxicology involves completion of five specified courses totaling 15 graduate credits and takes least 12 months to complete. Interdisciplinary collaborative programs among the departments in the College and with other UF departments in the Health Science Center and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences provide the students with an excellent combination of educational programs.

University of Georgia


This program is a five year, concurrent Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program  and master of public health dual degree program that will prepare the student to be a leader in the public health arena. Students will be trained to work with local, regional, national, and international health organizations. The education and training that students will  receive through the program will allow them to respond to new zoonotic diseases.


Through coursework and field learning experiences, MPH students receive training to provide service and leadership in public health in the state of Georgia, for the nation, and around the globe. The two-year MPH program at the University of Georgia College of Public Health is designed for health professionals who wish to expand their skills, knowledge, and expertise, and for students who wish to build a career in public health. Students can choose one of seven concentrations areas: Biostatistics, Disaster Management, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Health Policy and Management, and Health Promotion and Behavior.  The College also offers a number of dual degree options allowing students to pair the MPH with an undergraduate or graduate degree in another field of interest.

DVM/PhD                                      The College’s DVM-PhD dual degree program is designed to enhance the career development of students with an interest in science, veterinary research, and graduate education by pursuing a DVM and PhD degree concurrently. Also known as the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program (VMSTP), this innovative program produces scientists with a clinical background who go on to investigate complex human and animal health issues. The philosophy of this program is “One Health,” where veterinary medicine intersects with human medicine, and both interlock with basic research to contribute to the advancement of biomedical research. The goal of this program is to produce an outstanding group of biomedical researchers capable of identifying new emerging diseases, revealing their mechanisms of pathogenesis, and providing novel solutions for their control.

University of Illinois
In 2003, based in part on their experiences with monkey pox and West Nile virus encephalitis, faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine (UIUC-CVM) and The University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH) began the development of a collaborative, dual degree program designed to award both Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees upon successful completion.

The goal of the Veterinary Medical Scholars Program (VMSP) is to train highly motivated students in veterinary clinical medicine and in cutting-edge scientific research approaches and methods. With this combined training, program graduates will be highly competitive in their pursuit of a career in biomedical research. VMSP students typically require 6 – 8 years to complete both the DVM and PhD degrees. Both degrees must be awarded simultaneously.

Purdue University
Combined programs

Iowa State University


To better prepare graduating DVM students, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Business at Iowa State University have collaborated to offer the DVM/MBA degree program. Incorporating business skills relevant to today’s veterinarian will equip new graduates with the knowledge and skills to be successful in their careers. The DVM/MBA is a five-year program, resulting in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and the Master of Business Administration degree


The combined DVM and MPH degree programs is a result of the collaboration between the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University and the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. The purpose of the dual DVM-MPH is to provide formal training in public health in addition to formal training in veterinary medicine. This dual degree is a natural combination of preparation in two related and complementary health care disciplines. To be a candidate for this combined degree the applicant must be accepted into the DVM program as a condition of acceptance into the combined degree. This may occur concurrently but the condition of acceptance into the DVM must be made before final acceptance into the combined program. The admission committees of the two colleges will independently review the candidate for acceptance into the combined degree. For information about the DVM program at Iowa State University, please see

Kansas State University

Lincoln Memorial University
DVM/MBA The Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Business Administration (DVM-MBA) program is a unique curriculum offered through collaboration between the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) and the LMU School of Business. Designed as a dual-degree program, the DVM/MBA provides highly motivated and academically qualified veterinary students the opportunity to simultaneously acquire both their DVM and MBA degrees, completing both programs while enrolled at the LMU-CVM. The program provides medical and business training via blended curricula.  This curriculum equips students with the knowledge needed to successfully facilitate and manage a veterinary practice.

Louisiana State University

Tufts University
DVM/PHD, DVM/MA (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
DVM/MS Laboratory Animal Medicine
DVM/MPH-Masters of Public Health

Michigan State University
DVM/MS (food safety)                                                                              DVM/MPH
Combined Programs

Midwestern University
Dual Degree Program

University of Minnesota

Mississippi State University

University of Missouri
Graduate programs

Cornell University

North Carolina State University


The Ohio State University
DVM/MPH               DVM/PhD/MS

Oklahoma State University
DVM/MS, DVM/PHD            DVM/MBA

Oregon State University

University of  Pennsylvania

University of Tennessee

Texas A&M
Contact Dr. Bhanu Chowdhary @ 979-845-5092


Virginia Maryland Regional-CVM

Washington State University
No Dual Enrollments

Western University

University of Wisconsin
DVM/MS (Comparative Biomedical Sciences), DVM/PHD, DVM/MPH, DVM/Global Health Cert

Ross University

St George’s University