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Applications for this opportunity are due to the CVM Office for Research by January 31, 2021

Boehringer Ingelheim Program Mission:

The mission of the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program (BIVSRP) is to provide an opportunity for veterinary schools to expose first, second and third year veterinary students to biomedical research through a scholar internship program.  By providing a supportive research environment in an established laboratory together with seminars and discussion groups on careers in science, it is hoped that students will consider the pursuit of a career in biomedical research as one of their options after completing their veterinary degree.

Boehringer Ingelheim’s learning objectives include: to understand and follow responsible conduct in research, to instruct students in research methodology and acquire relevant technical skills, to gain experience in interpretation and dissemination of results, and to Expose students to research career and training pathways.


Expectations and support:

Each scholar receives a stipend of $5,000 for full-time involvement in research during the program.

Scholars are expected to attend all group training opportunities offered by the program (workshops and field trips) and present a poster at the Boehringer Ingelheim National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS) scheduled at the end of the summer. Registration fees, travel costs and poster preparation will be covered.

Individual projects should enable the student to formulate a testable hypothesis, identify specific objectives, conduct research, interpret data and present their findings in the form of an abstract and/or poster.  Demonstration of the use of biomedical research skills in specialty fields (e.g. Pathology, Toxicology, Laboratory Animal Medicine, Pharmacology, Clinical, and Imaging) is desirable.


Application process:

Student Eligibility:

This program is especially relevant to students interested in exploring biomedical research. Students without prior research experience are encouraged to apply. Mentors are limited to one application and must therefore select the trainee that they will support through this mechanism. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Students must have completed at least one year of a DVM curriculum, be currently enrolled, and in good academic standing at their University.
  • Students must commit to attending all training opportunities, including the NVSS.
  • One position may be filled by a student from another veterinary school as long as they can accommodate the WesternU CVM VSRP start and end dates; this student must meet the same requirements as WesternU students, demonstrate English proficiency, and have an established working relationship with one of the WesternU CVM VSRP research mentors, as evidenced by the grant application (see selection criteria).
  • WesternU will welcome students in the European programs as long as they meet the criteria for eligibility.


Submitting your application:


Selection Process:

  • Student applications will be sent to corresponding mentors who will rank applicants.
  • Students’ project rankings will be matched with mentors’ rankings of applicants to finalize the pairing of scholars and mentors.
  • Notification by first week of March during the application year.


Questions, or issues with the application, should be directed to the CVM Office for Research (