New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA

VMD/PhD Program Application

Instructions for Completion of the VMD-PhD Program Application

 Thank you for you interest in the VMD-PhD Program. Please read the following instructions carefully.

Please note that a separate application to the School of Veterinary Medicine must be submitted.
If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact:

Anastasia Brown, VMD-PhD Coordinator

Fill in all fields unless indicated as optional.

 Recommendation Form and Letters of Recommendation

Send the VMD-PhD Recommendation Form to three people who can comment, from close contact with you, on your ability to perform research and your potential to make a contribution to the medical sciences. This form must be completed and emailed as an attachment, along with letters of recommendation, to 

Please be sure all letters are received by the Program by November 1. 

If you wish to send letters by mail, please address to:

Dr. Michael Atchison
Director, VMD-PhD Program
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Letters sent to the School of Veterinary Medicine through VMCAS do not reach the VMD/PhD Admissions Committee.
  • Letters must be sent separately to the VMD-PhD Program. 
  • While you may use the same referees and/or letters for both, letters from persons who are familiar with your research interests, experience and abilities are most strongly weighted in the VMD/PhD admissions process.

You do not need to send transcripts with your application to the VMD-PhD Program.  The Program will obtain these documents from the Vet School Admissions Office.

You will receive an email confirmation of your application submission with 3 business days.  If no confirmation is received, please contact:

Anastasia Brown

The deadline for applications is November 1.

The University of Pennsylvania admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual or affectional preference, age, religion, national or ethnic origin or physical handicap, to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual or affectional preference, age, religion or ethnic origin or physical handicap. The University's policy applies to faculty and other employees, applicants for faculty position and other employment, students and applicants to education programs and activities.

Choice of Graduate Group (select one):

List in chronological order all colleges and universities attended, including professional schools. Name and Location of Institution; Major; Dates of Attendance; Degree or Diploma; Graduated Month/Year; Cumulative GPA
Please list the names of persons from whom you have requested recommendations.
Please provide information on each of your significant research experiences. For each experience, provide: Dates; Hours per week; Institution; Mentor; Topic; Description of Experience
This number should reflect months of research experience as an undergraduate, inclusive of part-time research during the school year and summer research, and following college, for example as part of a previous graduate program or as an employee. Part-time research, for example during the school year, should be converted to full time (e.g., 15 hrs/week for 8 months = 3 months). Labs associated with a course, such as an organic chemistry course lab, should be excluded.
Describe your areas of interest in the medical sciences, how they developed, and how they relate to your previous research experiences. Also include in the statement your long term career objectives in the medical field and how you plan to achieve them. Describe the role you envision for basic research in your career. Explain how the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program will contribute to achieving your goals.
How did you learn about the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program?


Many of the documents contained in your application for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine and/or the Graduate Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania are confidential in nature. Some of these documents are needed in reviewing your application for support by the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program, and we need your authorization in order to make copies of the appropriate information. The copies we make will be held in strict confidence and used only in relation to the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program.

By submission of this application, your authorize the release of any information contained in, or related materials received separately from, the application for admission to the School of Veterinary Medicine and/or the Graduate Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for use in reviewing your application to the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program.

Select choices