MS and PhD Students

In addition to offering a professional degree in veterinary medicine, the college offers doctoral (PhD) and master’s (MS) degrees.


The college’s graduate programs are based on the principle that advancing animal and human health stems from the same scientific foundation. We provide MS and PhD training at the intersection of animal, human, and ecosystem health. Students can earn MS and PhD degrees in Veterinary Medicine and in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences. A combined PhD/DVM program is also offered.

Students work closely with advisers, program faculty, and peers in a supportive and collaborative environment to foster full development of scientific critical thinking skills and experimental methods.

For more information about PhD and MS degrees, contact Kate Barry at


CVM Graduate Program News


CVM Graduate Students win 2014 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
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From left to right: Jonathan B. Clayton, Jaclyn Dykstra, Tiffany Wolf, Carlos Andres Diaz


We are pleased to announce that four College of Veterinary Medicine graduate students have been awarded
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Jonathan B. Clayton is a PhD student in CMB, advised by Dr. Tim Johnson and Dr. Michael Murtaugh. Jonathan's
research combines primate behavior and sampling fieldwork with functional genomics laboratory research to
discern an evolutionary understanding of feeding ecology in primates.

Jaclyn Dykstra, PhD student in CMB advised by Dr. Lucy Vulchanova and Dr. Al Beitz, investigates basic
mechanisms of neuropathic and visceral pain utilizing rodent models.

Tiffany Wolf is a PhD student in CMB, advised by Dr. Randall Singer and Dr. Dominic Travis. Tiffany's research
focuses on understanding the epidemiology and impacts of respiratory diseases on the chimpanzees in Gombe
National Park in Tanzania.

Carlos Andres Diaz, PhD student in VMED advised by Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, researches influenza virus
genetic diversity in pig populations. 

This is truly an honor for the winners and for our graduate programs. Congratulations to these students and
their advisers on this outstanding recognition.


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Eva Furrow named AKC Clinician-Scientist Fellow

The American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has named CMB PhD student Dr. Eva Furrow as one of five 2014 Clinician-Scientist Fellows. Eva will receive support from the CHF for her research efforts in the most common type of urinary stones in dogs, calcium oxalate. She is advised by Dr. Ned Patterson.

Click here to read more about Eva's work.

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Dr. Rebecca Davies wins Innovative Ideas Award

Veterinary Medicine faculty member Dr. Rebecca Davies has been awarded an Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education grant from the University of Minnesota Graduate School for her proposal, "The Case for Quality: Creating training tools to integrate quality assurance into academic research programs."


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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.

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.


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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!

Nandita Mirajkar Wins Young Scientist Award  

Veterinary Medicine PhD Student Nandita Mirajkar (advised by Dr. Connie Gebhart) 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.






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