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Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

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Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Open Positions for Graduate Students

The VBSC graduate program is currently accepting applications from MS and Ph.D. students for Graduate Teaching Assistantships to begin in the Fall 2017 semester. Applicants with a background in veterinary medicine, parasitology, and/or biomedical sciences are especially encouraged to apply.  Graduate Teaching Assistantships include competitive stipends and tuition waivers.

The National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) and the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS) at Oklahoma State University are pleased to announce the availability of two graduate fellowships for highly qualified, motivated students to pursue the Ph.D. degree while completing mentored research in bioinformatics and pathogen discovery. Available projects involve microbiome and transcriptome analysis of ticks using next generation sequencing and novel platform queries to characterize new and emerging tick-borne pathogens of veterinary and public health importance. English fluency and basic programming skills are required; additional training in bioinformatics is recommended. 

Contact Dr. Pamela Lloyd (Graduate Program Coordinator, for more information on positions or visit the Graduate College Application page to begin an application. Applications should be submitted by February 24, 2017 for full consideration.

Student Handbook

View the VBSC Graduate Student Handbook.

Program Overview

The Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program provides a multidisciplinary graduate program of excellence in the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, providing a broad base to address individual student interests. Our goals for the future include continued development of a nationally renowned program of animal health and biomedical research.

Building upon the foundation of an outstanding training program in veterinary medicine, we see extraordinary opportunities for growth and for a greater contribution to the quality of life in many parts of the world. Human and animal health can be enhanced through biomedical research utilizing the tools of comparative medicine, comparative and functional genomics, and other modern approaches to disease pathogenesis. Working with the livestock and poultry industries, we strive to increase the numbers and improve the health and productivity of food animals to help meet the nutritional requirements of the six billion or more people who inhabit the earth. 

As society has become increasingly sensitive and demanding about the quality of our foods and increasingly intolerant of potentially dangerous food additives, and of poisons that contaminate the environment, veterinary and biomedical research have come to assume greater responsibility and greater leadership in preventive medicine and public health.