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Many Potential Opportunities

Over 85% of our graduates hold positions in scientific research at academic institutions, research institutes, government agencies, or in the pharmaceutical industry. We prepare our alumni for a high level of achievement, a steady progression in seniority of faculty or pharmaceutical positions, and a strong funding base. VMD-PhD (DVM-PhD) graduates are meticulously trained, and qualified to enter into numerous career pathways.

Academic Faculty: Veterinary scientists work at Universities, Colleges, Medical Schools, and Veterinary Schools. 58% of Penn VMD-PhD graduates are in academic careers with 38% holding the position of Department Chair, Director, or Dean.

Biotechnology or the Pharmaceutical Industry: Veterinary scientists are extremely successful in industry careers. 70% of Penn VMD-PhD graduates who choose this path serve 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 Health and Science Agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. In addition to 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 diseases spread among species as well as within populations of the same species. These are areas of expertise for veterinary scientists who work for the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and State Public Health Offices.

Regulatory Medicine: Veterinary scientists work for the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration 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.

Contract Research: Government agencies and pharmaceutical companies often commission scientific studies in areas where they lack expertise. Because of their extensive training in many diverse areas, contract research is an excellent career option for veterinary scientists.

Military Service: Veterinarians in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps play crucial roles in protecting the United States against bioterrorism. Military veterinary scientists perform biomedical research, monitor food safety, and care for government-owned animals.

Clinical research and clinical practice: Some veterinary scientists continue using their clinical skills by working predominately at Schools of Veterinary Medicine. Others choose to practice at private veterinary clinics.

We are one of the top graduate schools for veterinary medicine, and the above opportunities are just some of the many potential career paths for a specially trained veterinary scientist.


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