Doctoral course in Veterinary Medicine

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The Ph.D. program in veterinary medicine is a four-year course designed to produce specialized leading researchers and educators in the areas of basic, pathophysiological, clinical, and applied veterinary medicine. These research areas are further divided into more specific fields, as shown in the accompanying figure below (click the name of each field below to show more detailed information).
Graduate students engage in intensive research and produce a doctoral thesis in each field, under the guidance of individual professors or associate professors at the graduate school.
Students are also required to take 30 credits of specific lectures over the course of four years.
Upon completion of their studies, graduate students defend their thesis and, upon successful defense, are awarded a Ph.D. degree.
In Japan, holding a Ph.D. is a necessary requirement to become a university faculty member (with some exceptions for clinical positions). However, it should be noted that a Ph.D. degree is different from the degree of Diplomate of specialized clinical veterinary medicine in the United States or Europe.
Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University (NVLU) is a historically significant private veterinary university located in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. Despite being the smallest veterinary university in Japan, NVLU is known for its state-of-the-art technology, skilled faculty, and high-quality research. The university is regularly ranked within the top 5 in the field of veterinary medicine in terms of the acquisition of national grants (KAKENHI).
We welcome you to join us in our groundbreaking research and earn your Ph.D. degree!

April 1st, 2023
Daisuke Hasegawa