Continuing DVM Students

Continuing DVM Students

VSTP applications are accepted annually from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine DVM students in DVM years one and two (V1 and V2). Students applying in DVM year two (V2) must apply for a Ph.D. program at the time of VSTP application. Students applying in year one (V1) should NOT apply to a Ph.D. program at the time they submit a VSTP application.

Most VSTP students are in the Ph.D. programs in ImmunologyIntegrative PathobiologyEpidemiologyPharmacology and Toxicology, and Biological Sciences, but all graduate programs are available for application. Questions about applying to a Ph.D. program can be sent to the VSTP Program Director, Dr. Bethany Cummings (

Current DVM students considering an application to VSTP are strongly encouraged to participate in the Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) summer research program.

Applicants will be chosen based on the following factors:

  • Commitment to research
  • Quality of the proposed research program
  • Letters of evaluation from persons familiar with the applicant's past/present research
  • Scholastic achievement (undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, and veterinary programs)



1. VSTP Online Application (Deadline: September 15th at 11:59 pm PST)

  • VSTP program statement of intent (7,500 character limit, including spaces). Statement should include research background, interests, research experience, reasons for pursuing a dual degree program, and contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. For contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, you may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your DVM-PhD.
  • Resumé or curriculum vitae and list of any publications (accepted, submitted, or in review).
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from your undergraduate degree granting college or institution and any postgraduate training (postbaccalaureate program, MS program, DVM program).

    Once you submit the online application, you will see "New submission added to Current Student Application Form."

Emailed to the VSTP Director and Coordinator

  • Three letters of recommendation from research scientists which address your research experience and/or potential. These VSTP letters should be sent directly to Dr. Bethany Cummings ( and Erin Kent ( by September 15th. 

    All VSTP application materials must be received by September 15th, 2024. Late materials will not be accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If applying in DVM year two (V2), students need to apply for a Ph.D. program by the program's general deadline. General Deadlines can be found on each program's website. Questions about applying to a Ph.D. program can be sent to the VSTP Program Director.

For further information, contact:

Bethany Cummings, DVM, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of VSTP