USDA Agency Initiates Program to Enhance
Base of DVM-Ph.D.s By
September 8, 2003
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8--The Agricultural Research Service is
launching a pilot program that will pay for tuition, books and laboratory fees
of a selected veterinarian who wants to obtain a Ph.D. in order to conduct
animal disease research. ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
"The research area could benefit from more doctors of veterinary
medicine who also have Ph.D.s," said Roric E. Wells, ARS deputy director of
human resources. "This educational combination is needed because we want to
combine the veterinarian's knowledge of animal medicine with the Ph.D. training
necessary to conduct research."
The program participant must earn a Ph.D. in a scientific
discipline such as virology or microbiology that will prepare them to conduct
animal disease research. The participant must maintain a B average while in the
program and receive no grades lower than a C. It is anticipated that the
participant will complete the Ph.D. program within four years. The participant
must agree to work for ARS for three years as a full-time research scientist
after receiving a Ph.D.
Applicants for the pilot program must have earned their doctor
of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree before beginning the Ph.D. program, must be
U.S. citizens and must meet eligibility requirements established by the
cooperating university. Applications will be reviewed by a panel that includes
a representative of the university and ARS personnel including the agency's
South Atlantic Area Director, a research leader, the National Program Leader
for Animal Health, and a human resources representative. The panel will be
chaired by the ARS Associate Deputy Administrator for Animal Production,
Product Value and Safety.
Interested parties can obtain more information by calling Roric
Wells at 301-504-1479.