VMD-PhD program has been in existence since the late 1960s. Over 85% of our graduates hold positions in scientific
research at academic institutions, research institutes, government agencies, or the pharmaceutical industry. Our
alumni show a high level of achievement, a steady positive progression in seniority of faculty or pharmaceutical
positions, and command a strong funding base. VMD-PhD (DVM-PhD) graduates are highly trained and are qualified to
enter into numerous career pathways.
- Veterinary scientists work at Universities, Colleges, Medical Schools, and Veterinary Schools.
percent of Penn VMD-PhD graduates are in academic careers with 30% holding the position of
Director, or Dean.
Biotechnology or the Pharmaceutical Industry
- Veterinary scientists are extremely successful in industry careers with 70% of Penn VMD-PhD
enter these careers serving as either Presidents or Directors of their companies.
Government Health and Science Agencies
- Because of their broad training, veterinary scientists are well suited to careers at Government
Science Agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. In
research, these veterinary scientists set public health policy.
Public Health and Emerging Diseases
- The fields of public health and emerging diseases require individuals who understand how
between species as well as within populations of the same species. Veterinary scientists are
suited for these exciting careers. In addition, wildlife conservation and reproductive health of
areas of excellence for veterinary scientists. Veterinary scientists work for the Centers for
Control, World Health Organization, and Federal and State Public Health Agencies.
- Veterinary scientists work for United States Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug
to monitor food and drug safety. Veterinarians supervise shipments of animals, test for
diseases, and design
programs to control diseases such as tuberculosis, brucellosis, and rabies.
- Government agencies and pharmaceutical companies often require scientific studies in areas
where they lack
expertise. Because of their broad training, contract research is an excellent career option for
- Veterinarians in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps play crucial roles in protecting the United
bioterrorism. Military veterinary scientists perform biomedical research, monitor food safety,
and care for
Clinical Research and Clinical Practice
- Some veterinary scientists continue using their clinical skills by working predominately at
veterinary medicine schools.