PhD Training Opportunities

The Department of Anatomy & Physiology invites applications from students wishing to pursue studies leading to PhD or DVM/PhD degrees. Please explore the linked pages to learn more about the department's Graduate Faculty, Areas of Research Expertise, Core Curriculum, Student Learning Outcomes and particulars regarding the Application Procedure and Admissions.

Our graduates advance to careers in academia at animal and human health science-related institutions such as colleges of veterinary medicine, as well as schools of medicine and dentistry. In addition, they hold positions in government agencies, industry and agribusiness.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Anatomy & Physiology

The department offers two tracks toward this degree. These tracks are defined as follows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology Graduate Assistantship Program (APGAP): APGAP-supported students complete at least two rotations within the initial year of study before choosing a mentor. APGAP positions are competitive and limited in number.

    Faculty accepting rotation students can be found in Available Rotations.

  • Direct Recruitment: Applicants identify a mentor from our graduate faculty. The mentor agrees to supervise the prospective student before the application is considered. See the Graduate Student Positions Available page to explore current opportunities for direct recruitment.

Regardless of admission track, all students must complete courses comprising the Core Curriculum.

Master of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

The MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences is a college-wide program. Contact Barb Turner at 785-532-4500 or by email at for more information.

Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

A professional program administered through the College of Veterinary Medicine is also available. For DVM/PhD opportunities, contact Dr. Hans Coetzee, Associate Dean for Research, at 785-532-4513 or email