Specific Recommendations for the Veterinarian-Scientist Workforce
Most of the recommendations that impact veterinarian-scientists may be found in Chapter 7. The following recommendations are unique to veterinarian-scientists and responsive to the challenges identified above.
- NIH should encourage inclusion of veterinarian-scientists in the review and as team members for applications relying on use of vertebrate animals.
- NIH should highlight the availability of F30 and F31 awards for DVM/PhD training, and should expand MSTP programs to allow DVM/PhD institutional training awards. K award program expansion for veterinary scientists should be encouraged, given the positive association between K award and RPG success.
- In light of the enormous percentage of veterinary school graduates who are women, NIH should consider developing innovative programs to encourage female veterinary students and female veterinarians to join the physician-scientist workforce. As part of this effort, NIH should evaluate parameters relating to poorer RPG application rate by veterinarian-scientists, and particularly success by female veterinarian-scientists.