This combined five year DVM/MS in Comparative Biomedical Sciences program offers DVM students at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine the opportunity to gain intensive training in biomedical research within one of the program faculty laboratories funded by the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture or the National Science Foundation. Students take a year off from the veterinary curriculum to train intensively in biomedical research with a faculty mentor in a specific Research Area. This program is supported by a NIH training grant from the Office of the Director and by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Students spend fifteen months gaining research training in the biomedical sciences, working towards their Master of Science degree. Training begins in June after completion of either the first, second or fourth year of veterinary school and continues through August of the following year. Students enroll in a limited number of courses and spend the majority of their time conducting research on an approved thesis topic.