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D.V.M./Ph.D. Degree Program


Research and Practice

The Virginia Tech–Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences (SBES) offers a D.V.M./Ph.D. degree program through the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) on the Blacksburg campus at Virginia Tech.

The combination D.V.M./Ph.D. degree is designed to produce practicing veterinarians who are also proficient in biomedical engineering research.

Admissions and Qualifications

Step 1. Interested student will initially apply to the existing D.V.M./Ph.D. program through the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine on the Virginia Tech campus.

Step 2. If accepted for the vet school's dual degree program, students must apply to SBES through the Virginia Tech Graduate School's Ph.D. component.

This program highly competitive. Students must meet the criteria of both D.V.M. admission and SBES admission to be considered.

For more information about the degree, explore VMRCVM's D.V.M./Ph.D. dual degree program overview.

Degree Requirements for the D.V.M./Ph.D. Program

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. part of this program will be the same as those for the regular SBES Ph.D. The SBES clinical rotation is waived, however, as this requirement is satisfied by a student's rotations at the veterinary school. 

SBES Requirements for the Combination D.V.M. / Ph.D. Degree Program

Course Category

Course #
(VT # / WFU #)

Course Title / Information

No. Credits Required

Biomedical Engineering
(15 credits)

BMES 5054 / 601

Quantitative Cell Physiology I (required)


BMES 5064 / 606
Quantitative Organ Systems Physiology II (required)
5000 or 6000 level (600/700 at WFU)

9 credit hours of engineering courses approved by committee


Life Sciences
(3 credits)

5000 - 6000 level
(600/700 at WFU)

Min. 3 credit hours approved by committee  (see approved list)


(6 credits)

5000 - 6000 level
(600/700 at WFU)

Min. 6 credit hours (only 3 can be statistics)
(see approved list)


(9 - 24 credits)

5000 - 6000 level
(600/700 WFU)

Approved by advisory and program committee (technical elective in science, math, or engineering)
Clinical Rotation
Satisfied by DVM Clinical Rotations (waived)
Seminar Credits
BMES 5944/708
Enrollment required 6 semesters (not during Medical semesters)
# semesters enrolled

(0 credits)

Required by graduate schools
At VT: Included in Seminar course, orientation, and ENGE 5984
At Wake Forest: Met by enrollment in three required professional courses



Dissertation Research
(40 – 55 credits)

BMES 7994

Research & Dissertation


Total Minimum Number of Credit Hours:


** = Course credit hours are the same as for the single SBES Ph.D. degree, but the courses listed to satisfy these credits will be from the veterinary school, not the BME department.


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