DVM/PhD Program

Vet students in lab

The DVM/PhD program is a joint effort of the Sackler School and Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  Students completing this program receive each degree upon completion of all requirements for that individual degree.  Professional school training is based on the North Grafton campus that is home to the Cummings School. Students in the joint degree program may pursue their PhD studies in one of the five Basic Science Division programs of the Sackler School.

Typically, a student begins by completing the first two years of the veterinary training program and then conducts the PhD studies.  Upon successful defense of the PhD thesis, the student then completes the veterinary training.  Students also complete two research rotations in the summers, usually between the first two years of veterinary training and prior to entering full time PhD training after the second year of veterinary training. Note that this program is not designed for individuals who wish to do their degrees sequentially.

Students interested in this option must apply to both the Sackler School and the Cummings School independently and clearly indicate their interest in the joint program on both applications.

Grafton Campus

Vet School

DVM/PhD students complete their veterinary training at the Cummings School.
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Apply to the DVM/PhD

To apply to the DVM/PhD, two applications are required - one to Sackler and one to Cummings.