A critical shortage of veterinary-trained biomedical researchers has been identified by multiple committees of the National Academies of Science. Our proposal of the Summer Research Training Program for Veterinary Medical Students, referred to as the """"""""Veterinary Scholars Program,"""""""" seeks to address this problem through an experiential learning opportunity. We expect that hands-on research experience that occurs early in the curriculum will expand veterinary students' awareness of careers in biomedical and veterinary research. A key to this development will be matching highly qualified veterinary students with biomedical researchers within the veterinary research community in Ames, Iowa. This includes researchers in the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture National Animal Disease Center. The students will experience research-intensive environments, exposure to successful research role models and a quality seminar series addressing significant issues in veterinary and comparative medical research. These topics include ethical issues in research, animal use and care, experimental and statistical design, and appropriate interpretation of data. Small group journal clubs will address critical review of articles and reinforce topics from lectures. The students will also take field trips to learn about cutting edge technologies utilized in research and to experience first hand the role that veterinarians play in laboratory animal medicine and public health. At the conclusion of the program, students will participate in the """"""""ISU Veterinary Summer Scholars Research Day:"""""""" a formal poster session in which students present their findings to researchers and fellow students from all of the participating laboratories. Students for this program will be selected from first and second year classes in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Additionally, we will recruit veterinary students of under-represented groups across the United States. The impact of the program in encouraging veterinary medical students will be assessed each year and four years after graduation to determine the extent to which it has influenced graduates to pursue career in biomedical research. The College is supportive and is committing up to $25,000 per year. The high caliber of veterinary medical students, the outstanding faculty, and a supportive research environment with a well-established summer research training program make Iowa State University an ideal place to provide training in biomedical sciences for future veterinarians.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
NRSA Short -Term Research Training (T35)
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O'Neill, Raymond R
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Iowa State University
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