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The College of Veterinary Medicine offers MS and PhD degrees in two programs:


Veterinary Medicine (VMED)
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  CVM Graduate Program News 

MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowships Awarded to CVM Graduate Students

We are pleased to announce that Carlos Diaz, Xi Guo, and Nandita Mirajkar have been awarded one of the inaugural MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowships for 2014.  This new State of Minnesota-University partnership seeks to develop integrated approaches to ensuring a sustainable, safe and resilient global food system from farm to fork.  Central to this initiative is workforce building of professionals and leaders in agricultural and food industries. Congratulations!

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Carmen Alonso Wins Distinguished Master's Thesis Award

We are pleased to announce that Carmen Alonso, MS, has been awarded the University of Minnesota Distinguished Master's Thesis Award for her work "Epidemiological and Economic Implications of Air Filtation Systems to Prevent PRRSV in Large Sow Herds." Carmen's thesis will also be nominated for the 2014 Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Carmen completed her MS in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and is currently a PhD student in Veterinary Medicine. Her adviser is Dr. Peter Davies. Congratulations Carmen!

Points of Pride Research Day Poster Winners

The College of Veterinary Medicine held the annual Points of Pride Research Day on October 2, 2013. Over 40 CVM graduate students presented posters. VMED PhD students Jyotika Varshney (advised by Dr. Subbaya Subramanian), Nandita Mirajkar (advised by Dr. Connie Gebhart), and Raffaella Teixeira (advised by Dr. Molly McCue) were recognized with first place awards for outstanding poster presentations. Each receives $300 with the first place prize.
Congratulations to the winners!

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Nandita Mirajkar Wins Young Scientist Award
Congratulations to Veterinary Medicine PhD Student Nandita Mirajkar (advised by Dr. Connie Gebhart) who recently won the Young Scientist Award at the 6th Annual International Conference on Colonic Spirochaetal Infections in Surrey, UK. Nandita was also awarded a Trainee Travel Award for the 56th Annual Conference of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians in San Diego, California. Both awards were for oral presentations on her work with Brachyspira infections in swine herds.

7th International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases
Two CVM Graduate Students gave oral presentations at the 7th International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases in Cambridge, MA. Jyotika Varshney, PhD student in Veterinary Medicine, (advised by Dr. Subbaya Subramanian) presented her work ""Progression by targeting tumor suppressor driver genes". Eva Furrow, PhD student in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences (advised by Dr. Ned Patterson) presented her work "Genome-wide association study of calcium oxalate urolithiasis in the miniature schnauzer."

Joao Lima Wins 2013 Mark Gearhart Award
Recent graduate Dr. Joao Lima received the 2013 Mark Gearhart Memorial Graduate Student Award by the Association for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine.  Joao will receive this award in December at the 2013 Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases in Chicago.

Kevin Lang Awarded USDA Fellowship
Congratulations to Kevin Lang, PhD student with Dr. Tim Johnson, who was recently awarded a 2 year USDA NIFA Fellowship for his work on antibiotic resistance plasmids.

CVM Recipients of 2013-2014 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Comparative and Molecular Biosciences PhD students Annette McCoy (advised by Dr. Molly McCue) and Kevin Lang (advised by Dr. Tim Johnson) have been awarded 2013-2014 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships by the UMN Graduate School. This is truly an honor for them and for our graduate programs. Congratulations to these students and their advisors on this outstanding recognition. 

Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Training Program in Comparative Medicine and Pathology
We are now accepting applications from veterinarians seeking state-of-the-art research training in an NIH postdoctoral training program. The goal of this program is to provide students with sufficient broad based knowledge, quality communication skills, and advanced research training essential for a career as an independent investigator. The faculty mentors in the program represent a diverse group of disciplines including pharmacology, cell biology, infectious disease, neurobiology, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology. Trainees who do not already hold a PhD degree will be strongly encouraged to pursue a PhD degree in the Comparative Molecular Biosciences (CMB) graduate program.

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Check Out The Epi Journal Club

The focus of the Epi Journal Club - initiated Fall Semester 2010 - is on epidemiologic methods rather than specific research topics. Each week we are joined by one faculty member to discuss the epidemiologic methods presented in one journal article. Some topics discussed so far are molecular and spatial methods and risk analysis.

The Epi Journal Club is open to all grad students - VMED or CMB. We usually meet at 4:00 on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

If you would like to be on the mailing list for the journal club, please email CMB PhD student, Tiffany Wolf, DVM at


  CVM Graduate Students are Driven to Discover

 The College of Veterinary Medicine offers two graduate programs: basic research utilizing animal models (CMB) and applied research (VMED). 

Click here for program-specific details including application information, alumni and current student bios, faculty links, and courses.


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