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Physician-Scientist Workforce (PSW) Report 2014

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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.

  1. NIH should encourage inclusion of veterinarian-scientists in the review and as team members for applications relying on use of vertebrate animals.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.