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Veterinary Medicine Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Program Description

The Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) provides students with the opportunity to pursue research at the number one College of Veterinary Medicine in the country (US News and World Report). Students can choose from among nearly 100 faculty mentors.  Faculty interests include cancer biology, development, reproductive biology, neuroscience, aging, microbiology, immunology, stem cell biology, genomics, and epidemiology. Graduate students in CBS include Ph.Ds, DVMs seeking Ph.Ds, and combined degree (DVM/Ph.D) students. Students can pursue fundamental questions in basic research, or take advantages of interactions between clinicians and basic scientists to incorporate translational perspectives in their work. As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program, CBS is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College

Contact Information

Phone: 607 253-3276

S2-13 Schurman Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • cellular and molecular medicine
  • developmental and reproductive biology
  • infectious diseases
  • population medicine and epidemiology
  • structural and functional biology
  • Veterinary Parasitology


2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Dec. 1

Requirements Summary:

Official GRE general test scores must be submitted by ETS to the Cornell Graduate School (University Code 2098). Additional information can be obtained from the graduate field office.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • resume/CV required for current DVMs seeking Ph.D. admission


Comparative Biomedical Sciences is one of five graduate fields associated with the Biological & Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Graduate Program. As an umbrella program, the BBS fosters an atmosphere of collaboration, focusing on the interface between scientific research and clinical practice as well as a commitment to animal and human health. The Graduate Fields associated with the BBS Program share a set of values and expectations in the training of PhD students. Our goal is to maximize the effectiveness of the Fields while maintaining their unique identities and structures. The following graduate fields are members of the BBS Graduate Program:

  • Comparative Biomedical Science
  • Immunology & Infectious Disease
  • Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Zoology & Wildlife Conservation

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