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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.


Makoto Yamamoto, V18, Thailand, 2016

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.


Amanda Nee, V18, Uganda, 2016

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


Kenny Siu, V18, Uganda, 2016

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.

Student Experiences

A View of Chittagong

When 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 Ireland

As 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, DVM

New 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 Communication

Sometimes the most important part of research is listening. ... read more

PPR, Research, and Human Nature

Last 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