Every year, students travel across the world to complete IVM projects. Explore the map below to discover the wide range of projects completed by students across our DVM and Master’s degree programs.
Summer Research Program
With support from faculty mentors, students develop their own international research projects and either apply for competitive grant funding, or self-fund. This popular program has been a key part of the IVM curriculum since it began in 1982. To date, hundreds of students have successfully carried out research all over the world.
Opportunities for students to plan their research begin in the first year. Through IVM Forums, students are introduced to various areas of IVM. There they begin to connect with students who have conducted Summer Research, as well as professionals in the field.
In the spring semester, first year students take the IVM Core Course which expands their understanding of IVM in general, and begins to refine their area of interest or specialization.
Students continue attending the IVM Forums, held in collaboration with the Research Path program, which further prepares students to plan their research and compete for funding.
From there, students work with faculty mentors who help students to focus their objectives, connect with research opportunities in the field, and create a strategy for funding. Students spend months preparing for their research trip, a process that includes:
- Developing scientific and technical expertise
- Researching cultural and social norms of the host country
- Performing other preparations particular to the project
Once students have completed their Summer Research, they are encouraged to prepare and submit a paper for peer review and publication. Additionally, they present their research at the Annual Research Presentation Day and during an IVM Forum. These opportunities give students a chance to develop presentation and reporting skills that are useful beyond research and may be transferable to a greater professional skill-set.
The Summer Research Program is an intense academic, and often times personal experience. For many students, this program is a highlight of their time at veterinary school, and for some, a turning point in their developing career.
- A View of ChittagongWhen in Bangladesh, don't forget to stop to enjoy a nice long cup of cha with some loved ones. Then, carry on with your field work. ... read more
- Asian Elephants in IrelandAs an IVM student with an interest in Conservation Medicine, Brittany Grenus V18, wanted to put her skills to use helping one of her favorite animals: elephants. That's how she wound up in Dublin. ... read more
- Mexico City, DVMNew country, new language, new opportunities in veterinary medicine. Alumna Michelle Stewart shares her experience moving from Washington D.C, to Mexico City. ... read more
- Non-verbal CommunicationSometimes the most important part of research is listening. ... read more
- PPR, Research, and Human NatureLast summer,Kenny Siu, V18, went to northeastern Uganda to perform research on Peste des Petite Ruminants (PPR). The lessons he walked away with went beyond data insights. ... read more
- Cat Tracking in ThailandStep one: Learn everything about liver flukes. Step two: Buy a plane ticket to Thailand. Step three: Track cats. ... read more
- One Health with a Side of FriesAfter a face-paced career in the advertising world, Abby Clayton, V19, decided to change direction. Currently enrolled in the DVM/MPH program, Abby has found some creative ways to use her expertise in communication. ... read more
- For the Love of PinnipedsIf you have a dream, you have to fight for it. Even better, get your IVM mentor to fight with you. That’s how Kristy got to Brazil. ... read more
- Schistosomiasis in the PhilippinesIsabel Francisco spent a lot of time talking to carabao farmers in the Leyte Province. This is what she learned. ... read more