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Research Training Opportunities

Research Training Opportunities

Students, graduate students, combined degree students (VMD-PhD), postdoctoral fellows and residents have a range of research opportunities available to them in basic, translational and clinical research at Penn Vet.

In addition to the programs of research of each faculty member, trainees may participate in weekly journal clubs, attend seminars of visiting scholars and present their own work at annual conferences on campus.

This section will expand on the National Institutes of Health program in collaboration with Merck, opportunities provided by Penn’s Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs Office, Penn Vet’s combined-degree program, graduate groups in the Biomedical Graduate Studies, training grant opportunities and clinical research programs and fellowships. 

Penn Vet has a unique training asset at the campus at the University of Pennsylvania, housing research laboratories, state-of-the-art vivaria and a small-animal hospital, with large-animal facilities are located at New Bolton Center in Chester County, PA.

MARS EQUESTRIAN™ Veterinary Research Scholar 2021 – 2023
A Unique Two-center Training opportunity

New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College (UK) in collaboration with MARS EQUESTRIAN™ is seeking a motivated, enthusiastic candidate interested in pursuing training in equine research and welfare. The program is open to US and international candidates holding a veterinary degree (DVM/VMD/BVSc or equivalent). The overarching goal of this program is to improve the health and welfare of the horse by providing mentorship and training to a veterinary investigator interested in developing their equine knowledge and research skills. The MARS EQUESTRIAN Veterinary Research Scholarship provides a unique research-training platform for a veterinarian who is interested in improving equine health and welfare. New Bolton Center at Penn Vet and the Royal Veterinary College are centers of excellence at the forefront of animal health and together with MARS EQUESTRIAN, will continue to drive the field forward in creating a better world for horses by engaging and training the next generation of veterinarians. This unique two-year program will provide research and animal welfare training within the supportive environments of two dedicated research and clinical centers. The aims of this program will be achieved in part by the candidate completing a research project and the Graduate Certificate in Animal Welfare and Behavior program at New Bolton Center during year one, followed by completion of a second research project and the Master of Research (MRes) program at the Royal Veterinary College in year two. 

The first year of the program at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania will extend from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022. The second year of the program at the Royal Veterinary College will extend from October 3, 2022 to September 29, 2023. The MARS EQUESTRIAN Veterinary Research Scholar will receive an annual stipend and tuition as well as travel expenses. The stipend will commence on September 1, 2021 and continue through September, 2023.

The deadline to submit your application for consideration has been extended to July 15, 2021 or until an acceptable candidate is identified.

  • Please submit your applications to Dr. Kyla Ortved at
  • For questions regarding the program or application submission, please contact Dr. Kyla Ortved at
  • For questions regarding the RVC Master’s of Research Program, please contact Dr. Brian Catchpole at BCatchpole@RVC.AC.UK.


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About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling nearly 35,300 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles nearly 5,300 patient visits a year, while the Field Service treats more than 38,000 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.

About the Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

  • The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is the UK's largest and longest established independent veterinary school and is a Member Institution of the University of London. It was the first in the world to hold full accreditation from AVMA, EAEVE, RCVS and AVBC.
  • The RVC is ranked as the top veterinary school in the world in line with the QS World University Rankings by subject, 2021.
  • The RVC offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing and biological sciences.
  • In 2017, the RVC received a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest rating a university can receive.
  • A research led institution with 79% of its research rated as internationally excellent or world class in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
  • The RVC provides animal owners and the veterinary profession with access to expert veterinary care and advice through its teaching hospitals and first opinion practices in London and Hertfordshire.

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities/women/individuals with disabilities/protected veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Expand Your Range of Research Skills

If you are interested in engaging in groundbreaking research in addition to pursuing your VMD, or if you are an intern, resident, or post-doctoral student interested in expanding your current scope of capabilities, Penn Vet offers a unique combination of opportunities:

Penn VMD-PhD Program

  • Welcome to the VMD-PhD Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The goal of the VMD-PhD Progam is to train outstanding veterinarian-scientists who will make outstanding contributions to their field by advancing science and medicine. The VMD-PhD Program has been in existence since 1969 and has gone through considerable expansion over the past decade.

Penn-Pitt Partnership

  • The  P3VMS (Penn-Pitt Partnership in Veterinary Medical Science) Summer Research Program  is designed to expose students in their first or second year of veterinary school to all phases of biomedical research, particularly those involving primate studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

NIH/Merial Veterinary Scholars & Other Program

  • The NIH/Merial Summer Research Program is designed to expose students in their first or second year of veterinary school to all phases of biomedical research. This includes the development of research ideas, the preparation of research proposals, the performance of biomedical research, and the presentation of research results in written and oral formats. Students in the program perform full time biomedical research during the months of June, July, and August, participate in weekly seminars, and present their work in oral, poster, and written presentations. Students also attend the National Merial Scholars Symposium. The program provides a rich experience in biomedical research for students and simultaneously exposes them to a wide variety of research topics through seminars. Students also benefit from close association with University faculty.
  • Learn more about the NIH/Merial Summer Research Program.

Biomed Post-Doc Programs

  • The University of Pennsylvania has long been recognized for its belief in the importance of education and its pursuit of excellence. The office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) works to uphold this tradition by providing biomedical postdocs in the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Monell Chemical Senses Center and The Wistar Institute with the highest quality training in and outside of the labs.

Graduate Groups At Penn

NIH/BI Research Contacts

Michael Atchison, PhD, Program Co-Director
Phone: 215.898.6428

Yong No, Coordinator
Phone 215-898-3800

University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
NIH/BI Summer Research Program
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6046

FOCUS: NIH/Merial Summer Research

The NIH/Merial Summer Research Program is designed to expose students in their first or second year of veterinary school to all phases of biomedical research.

This includes the development of research ideas, the preparation of research proposals, the performance of biomedical research, and the presentation of research results in written and oral formats.