NIH-Funded Research Training for Veterinarians

Veterinarian T32 Training Program 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 Postdoctoral Scholars at Stanford University.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Veterinarians and 4th year veterinary students can apply for postdoctoral research training. Postdoctoral scholars are registered at Stanford University as non-matriculated non-degree seeking students, which allows deferment of student loans. The NIH requires a commitment of at least 2 years full-time. Trainees may be eligible for NIH student loan repayment programs. Training can involve any area of biomedical research. Applicants must identify a research mentor. Veterinarians with or without a PhD are eligible. Appointment to the training grant includes a stipend of $71,650/year plus funds to support training related expenses, including travel to present research findings at scientific meetings.

Applying for Postdoctoral Research 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. Send questions and the following information by e-mail to the Program Director (listed below) at any time.

  1. Name, address, phone number, e-mail.
  2. Institutions previously attended. For each: field of study, GPA, degree, degree date, attendance dates
  3. References (at least three). For each: email address, phone number. It takes time to get responses, so please send contact information for your references early, before you complete the rest of your application.
  4. Employment or professional activity. For each: employer, attendance dates, position/title
  5. Stanford faculty of interest.  You must identify at least one potential mentor at Stanford.
  6. Describe your most significant research project, if any.
  7. Describe your training goals.
  8. List any honors/awards, scientific presentations (poster or platform), publications.
  9. Describe your career goals and how this training will help you achieve them.
  10. Include a copy of your CV.


Who can apply: 4th year veterinary students and veterinarians.
Stipend: $71,650/year.

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 27, 2023