NIH support of biomedical research training for veterinarians

​Veterinarians play an important role in biomedical research that benefits One Health by tying human, animal, and ecosystem health together. Federal support for graduate education and scientific training is critical for veterinarians to contribute unique insights from spontaneous and designed animal models of human disease, from transmission of disease between animal and human populations, and from comparative studies that provide essential knowledge about biological processes fundamental to human disease mechanisms. Postgraduate research fellowships from the National Institutes of Health play an important, but infrequent, role in the support of postgraduate research education of veterinarians that contribute to the biomedical research work force. While physician scientist training programs from the National Institutes of Health explicitly include veterinarians as potential trainees, consideration of veterinarians may vary across individual Institutes and calls for applicants may not explicitly state that veterinarians are eligible. The AVMA strongly supports a policy of inclusion of veterinarians in individual and institutional postgraduate training programs from the NIH and the selection of trainees and training programs based on competitive applications for funding.