Dual Degree Programs at Penn Vet
Penn Vet leads in the practice of veterinary medicine in the nation and the world. We have long been recognized for our pursuit of excellence in education and training.
We have made continuous and significant contributions to basic and clinical investigation and have trained large numbers of students and faculty as biomedical research scientists. We have led the way in curriculum development, as exemplified by our unique core/elective VMD curriculum.
Because of Penn Vet's integrated approach to clinical and research training towards the goal of One Health, we also offer dual degree programs that prepare our students for the multitude of career options available to veterinarians in today's challenging world.
In addition to the VMD, Penn Vet also offers:
VMD/PhD & Research Training Opportunities
In addition to the VMD, Penn Vet offers research opportunities such as the VMD/PhD program. We also offer internships, residencies, and fellowships.
Our students, including combined degree students (VMD/PhD), postdoctoral fellows and residents, enjoy a wide range of research opportunities in basic, translational and clinical research.
VMD/MBA Dual Degree
The combined VMD/MBA training program is designed to address the stark challenge of feeding over nine billion people by 2050 with limited resources of land and water, poor infrastructures, mounting inequality, and the uncertain effects of climate change.
VMD/MES Dual Degree
The VMD/MES dual degree program is offered jointly by Penn Vet and Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences. This unique combined degree offers students the opportunity to earn a professional degree in Veterinary Medicine (VMD) and a Masters in Environmental Studies (MES) concurrently.
The VMD/MPH is a flexible dual degree program that trains students in both veterinary medicine and public health. The addition of an MPH adds to veterinarian training by:
- Strengthening epidemiology and biostatistics training, as well as methodological practices for doing public health
- Introducing human healthcare systems and public health laws and ethics
- Educating about environmental health at the ambient, occupational, and global spheres
- Providing an understanding for the theories and framework necessary for designing interventions and educational campaigns
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Because veterinarians interact closely with both animal patients and their human clients, they are uniquely privileged health care practitioners. These interactions offer numerous rewards, but at times the complexity of a clinical case can engender situations that challenge a veterinarian’s ability to manage. Examples include:
- A family, struggling with the decision to euthanize their dog or cat after a long and costly medical struggle
- A client who is threatening violence
- Farmer clients faced with gut-wrenching challenges to balance their own needs with those of their livestock
- A colleague who might be dealing with suicidal thoughts
- Myriad cases of animal abuse and neglect
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