UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

Program Description

Pitt-Penn Program in Veterinary Medical Science (P3VMS)

Summer Program Brochure

The P3VMS Summer Research Program is designed to expose students in their first or second year of veterinary school to all phases of biomedical research, particularly those involving primate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. This includes the development of research ideas, the preparation of research proposals, the performance of biomedical research, and the presentation of research results in written and oral formats. Students in the program perform full time biomedical research during the months of June, July, and August, participate in weekly seminars, and present their work in oral, poster, and written presentations. The program provides a rich experience in biomedical research for students and simultaneously exposes them to a wide variety of research topics through seminars. Students also benefit from close association with University faculty who might become their advisor in an established PhD program. The University of Pittsburgh currently ranks 5th among universities in the nation with federally funded NIH grants.

Who is eligible?

Any veterinary student who has completed one semester of veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania is eligible to apply.


Assistance with identifying low cost housing, and a $5,000 stipend and $500 relocation allowance are provided by the University of Pittsburgh.

Available Laboratories

All of the laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences are potentially available (with approval).

A list of the laboratories that have been selected and agreed to be host laboratories with a deep interest in veterinary students from the University of Pennsylvania is available on the Available Laboratories section.