Graduate Catalog
2019-2020
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
Houses the Veterinary labs and classrooms.
205 Duckpond Drive, Room 220B, Mail Code:0442 Blacksburg VA 24061
VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Building
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-4992
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Apr 15
Spring: Sep 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Graduate Program Director(s) : S Ahmed (Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies), Andrea Green (Graduate Cordinator)
Professors: S Ahmed; Virginia Buechner-Maxwell; Gregory Daniel; Stephen Eubank; Laura Hungerford; Otto Lanz; Tanya LeRoith; Margie Lee; David Lindsay; Xiang-Jin Meng; David Panciera; Robert Pleasant; Kerry Redican; John Rossmeisl; Nammalwar Sriranganathan; William Swecker; Jeffrey Wilcke; Anne Zajac; Kurt Zimmerman
Associate Professors: Jonathan Abbott; Jennifer Barrett; Michele Borgarelli; Christopher Byron; Sherrie Clark-Deener; Linda Dahlgren; Julia Gohlke; Jia-Qiang He; Piedad Henao Guerrero; Ian Herring; Kathryn Hosig; William Huckle; Bradley Klein; Kevin Lahmers; Xin Luo; Harold McKenzie; Theresa Pancotto; Patrick Pithua; William Scarratt; Michelle Theus; Sharon Witonsky; Hehuang Xie; Lijuan Yuan
Assistant Professors: Irving Allen; Charlotte Baker; Sarah Barrett; Andrea Bertke; Katie Boes; Sophie Bogers; Clayton Caswell; Thomas Cecere; Julie Cecere; Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott; Jennifer Davis; Stefanie Demonaco; Nikolaos Dervisis; Nisha Duggal; David Grant; Shawna Klahn; Paul Morton; Jennifer Zambriski
Adjunct Professors: Theresa Hrubec; Christopher Reilly
Associate Professor of Practice: Valerie Ragan
Assistant Professor of Practice: Cassidy Rist
Research Assistant Professors: Rujuan Dai; James Weger

Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Introduction

The Department of Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS) is an integral part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School of Virginia Tech. The graduate program was initiated in 1986. In contrast to many departments and colleges on this campus, there is a single multidisciplinary graduate program for our college which is recognized by the Graduate School as a graduate department.

The goal of this program is to train students to be creative and sophisticated research scientists in fields associated with biomedical research. The association with the College of Veterinary Medicine allows students the unique opportunity to explore both basic research, advanced pre-clinical animal model studies, natural clinical disease in animals, and translational research impacting both veterinary and human patients and populations. Our graduate program encourages collaborative, multidisciplinary research to achieve optimal health outcomes for people, animals, and the environment. To this end, we emphasize acquisition of a foundation of knowledge, research skills, and wet or dry laboratory experience required to implement independent research projects and develop the ability to formulate experimental and observational approaches to solve contemporary problems in the biomedical sciences.
A basic philosophy of graduate education in biomedical and veterinary sciences is flexibility. Programs of study - courses, laboratory and field research, clinical experiences, and teaching opportunities - are tailored to meet the individual student's needs, depending on academic background, professional experience and career goals. The college prides itself on the high quality of faculty mentoring/advising, and support services.

T 32 Animal Model Research for Veterinarians (AMRV)

Veterinarians are uniquely qualified to conduct biomedical research in the field of comparative medicine using animal models, which have been instrumental in understanding the pathogenesis and mechanism of human diseases. Unfortunately, the majority of veterinarians do not pursue research careers, in part due to the lack of research training opportunities. Consequently, there is a critical shortage of veterinarians with research backgrounds in academic institutions, government and corporate settings across the nation.
The National Institutes of Health has funded a post-DVM "Animal Model Research for Veterinarians (AMRV)" training program at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM). This program will train veterinarians to acquire cutting-edge skills of a researcher, and help them launch a successful research career in the areas of animal models of infectious diseases (virology, bacteriology, and parasitology), immunology (immune-mediated inflammatory diseases), neuropathobiology, regenerative medicine, and environmental medicine. Mentors participating in this training program are conducting cutting-edge research in the areas of animal models for human diseases, and their research projects are well funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our college has advanced sophisticated equipment, resources, animal facilities and expertise to tackle contemporary and potentially anticipated problems in biomedical sciences.
Trainees will be required to enter a Ph.D. graduate program that will expose them to state-of-the-art research skills and challenge them to become independent problem-solvers. At the end of the training program, trainees are expected to launch an independent biomedical research career, and assume leadership roles related to the nation's biomedical research agenda in academia, government, and industry.
Website: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/research/amrv.asp





DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program

Major medical and biomedical breakthroughs generally involve multidisciplinary investigative teams with knowledge of basic and clinical sciences. Veterinarians have a well-grounded understanding and knowledge of disease processes; however the majority of veterinarians are not adequately trained, in a focused, purposeful fashion, to perform hypothesis-driven biomedical research. Consequently, there is a critical shortage of veterinarians with a biomedical research background in academic, government, and corporate settings to assume leadership roles.

In recognition of the critical need for veterinarians trained in both basic and clinical sciences, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine offers an opportunity for DVM students to purse a dual PhD program. This is a highly competitive program where students are selected throughout the nation. In this concurrent dual degree program, students are first work for their PhD in a laboratory (generally for 3 years) with experienced and productive researcher, and then students join the DVM program, and continue to work on PhD during the summers.  The DVM/PhD Dual Degree Program provides veterinary students with training in the skills of a researcher, and encourage them to pursue academic, government or corporate careers. 

Website: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/acad/grad/dvm_phd.asp

Research Areas

Infectious Diseases:

  • Virology
  • Bacteriology and Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Immunity to Infections
  • Vaccine development and delivery
Immunology and Immune-mediated Inflammatory Diseases:
  • Immunology (basic and applied)
  • Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases 
Neuropathobiology:
  • Neurodevelopment and traumatic brain injury
  • Neurooncology
  • Neurovascularization and neuroinflammation
Integrative Oncology:
  • Cancer biology and genomics
  • Comparative cancer therapeutics
Comparative Medicine and Regenerative Medicine:
  • Large and small animals clinical research including clinical trials, theriogenology, nutrition, and human- animal bond/interactions
  • Stem cell biology, regenerative medicine and its clinical application 
Population Health Sciences:
  • Public health - infectious diseases epidemiology and public health education.

Combined graduate/residency programs

 Our college offers a combined MS and clinical residency program. 
Our college also offers a combined Ph.D. and clinical residency program (especially in clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, neurology, clinical pharmacology among other disciplines). The Ph.D. portion of the training program is intended to provide training in a research area so that the graduate may perform effective, independent research.  The program will also provide for experiences and training in teaching.  Completion of the program requirements will prepare graduates for positions in academia, industry and/or governmental agencies. 
http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/departments/dbsp/resprogs/pathology.asp
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Computer
      • 230.0
    • iBT
      • Overall : 90.0
      • Listening : 20.0
      • Speaker : 20.0
      • Reading : 20.0
      • Writing : 20.0
  • GRE
    • Minimum scores
      • Verbal Reasoning : 150.0
      • Quantitative Reasoning : 150.0
The MS degree comprises a combined total of 30 credit hours of course work, research and thesis, and can be completed in two years.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • iBT
      • Overall : 90.0
      • Listening : 20.0
      • Speaking : 20.0
      • Reading : 20.0
      • Writing : 20.0
  • GRE
    • Minimum scores
      • Verbal Reasoning : 150.0
      • Quantitative Reasoning : 150.0
The PhD degree comprises a combined total of 90 credit hours of course work, research and dissertation. The PhD can be completed in four years. It is not required to have a Master's degree before entering the PhD program.

Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Facilities Introduction

Faculty Research Laboratories are well equipped for modern molecular research and/or clinical studies. The following Core Research Service Laboratories are available to support the work of graduate students.

Analytical Research Lab

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Center for One Health Research (COHR)

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Resource: Web Resource (http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/research/cmmid/)

Electron Microscope Lab

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Flow Cytometry

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Glassware/Media Preparation

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Quality Assurance Unit (Good Laboratory Practice)

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Study Design and Statistical Analysis Lab

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Teaching and Research Animal Care Support Service (TRACSS)

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