The DVM/PhD program is a joint effort of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Students completing this program receive each degree upon completion of all requirements for that individual degree. Professional school training is based on the North Grafton campus that is home to the Cummings School. Students in the joint degree program may pursue their PhD studies in one of the five Basic Science Division programs of GSBS.
Typically, a student begins by completing the first two years of the veterinary training program and then conducts the PhD studies. Upon successful defense of the PhD thesis, the student then completes the veterinary training. Students also complete two research rotations in the summers, usually between the first two years of veterinary training and prior to entering full time PhD training after the second year of veterinary training. Note that this program is not designed for individuals who wish to do their degrees sequentially.
Students interested in this option must apply to both GSBS and the Cummings School independently and clearly indicate their interest in the joint program on both applications.