NIH-Funded Research Training for Veterinarians

Veterinarian T32 PhD Training Program 2018 Trainees

This program helps address the shortage of veterinarians who are trained for independent research. It is funded by a T32 training grant from the NIH. It supports veterinarians during their research training as PhD Students at Stanford University.

PhD Students

Trainees can participate in any graduate program involved in biomedical research at Stanford University: Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Informatics, Biophysics, Cancer Biology, Chemical and Systems Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Neurosciences, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, and Structural Biology.  For details, visit

All share common features:

  • Year 1 focuses on a limited group of courses and laboratory rotations.
  • Subsequent years focus on developing critical thinking via seminars and journal clubs and on independent research.
  • Annual retreats to present and learn about ongoing research in the graduate program.
  • Emphasis on mastering communications skills essential for success in science: oral presentation, writing manuscripts and grant proposals.
  • Developing an appreciation of the role of scientists in the context of society with emphasis on ethical and professional responsibility.

Program in Comparative Medicine

The Department of Comparative Medicine serves as the “glue” that helps trainees maintain their professional identity as they immerse themselves in basic science research. This takes place in several ways:

  1. The Department of Comparative Medicine exposes trainees to veterinary researcher role models and provides opportunities for trainees to present their research results.
  2. The Department’s Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine includes clinical conferences and special topic seminars, which trainees can attend.
  3. Trainees can mentor summer veterinary student researchers who are supported by another training grant (

Program Faculty

The program includes faculty members of the Department of Comparative Medicine and other departments within the School of Medicine. The Program’s faculty work together to provide trainees with guidance in basic research and comparative medicine. Trainees in this program get to know veterinarians in the Department of Comparative Medicine, which helps them maintain their ties to the profession while they intensively pursue research training. The research mentor provides research resources, expertise, networking and career opportunities within the trainee's chosen scientific field. Potential research mentors are not limited only to those listed.

Comparative Medicine Mentors

Research Mentors

Department of Chemical & Systems Biology

Department of Comparative Medicine

Department of Dermatology

Department of Genetics

Department of Medicine

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology

Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Department of Ophthalmology

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Pathology

Department of Pediatrics

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Surgery



Who can apply: 4th year veterinary students and veterinarians.
Stipend: $65,568/year.
Tuition: Paid

Applying for PhD training

Veterinarians and 4th year veterinary students of a U.S. accredited School of Veterinary Medicine may apply. Because this is funded by the National Institutes of Health, trainees must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Please contact the Program Director (listed below) for more information about this Program and to receive application instructions. Applications will be admitted through the Stanford University Biomedicine's Program, which has a November 30, 2021 deadline for an Autumn 2022 start date.

Send Questions and Receive Additional Application Instructions

Paul Buckmaster, DVM, PhD, Program Director
Stanford University School of Medicine
Department of Comparative Medicine
(650) 498-4774

Updated September 13, 2021