The 2022 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

NVSS Gives Students the Inside Track on Careers in Research

As a natural outgrowth of the Veterinary Scholars Program, Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to be a sponsor of the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium since its inception. The NVSS is the premier annual scientific colloquium which showcases research accomplishments by veterinary students completing summer research internships. The Symposium highlights the ways veterinary scientists advance basic and applied research to support global health and enables participants to gain insights into careers in biomedical research.

2022 Veterinary Student Scholars Symposium
University of Minnesota
Aug 4-7, 2022

2022 Symposium

The National Veterinary Scholars Symposium (NVSS) is the capstone of the Veterinary Scholars Program, bringing together leading researchers from across academia, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health, and industry. The Veterinary Scholars Program participants summarize their research findings and work over the course of the summer on a scientific poster, which they present to public health officials and industry experts as well as leading biomedical researchers and other veterinary students. The 2022 NVSS, held in August in St. Paul, Minnesota, included almost 600 veterinary students from veterinary schools across North America, Canada, France, Germany and The Netherlands. Students enjoyed opportunities to interact and network with other researchers, hear about their peers’ projects, and learn more about potential careers in research.

Welcome from Caroline Belmont, US Head of Animal Health Innovation, Boehringer Ingelheim

Welcome from Randolph Legg, President and Head of Commercial Business, Boehringer Ingelheim

  • This type of hands-on experience is essential for students to understand the role of research in innovation for both animal and human health.
    Dr. Eric Haaksma, Global Head of Research and Development for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health business.
Past Symposia
Year Location
2000 University of Georgia
2001 University of Georgia
2002 Purdue University
2003 Kansas State University
2004 Auburn University
2005 University of Georgia
2006 Louisiana State University
2007 University of Pennsylvania and AAVMC at NIH
2008 Michigan State University
2009 North Carolina State University
2010 University of Georgia
2011 University of Florida
2012 Colorado State University
2013 Michigan State University
2014 Cornell University
2015 University of California - Davis
2016 The Ohio State University
2017 National Institutes of Health MSU
2018 Texas A&M
2019 Tufts University and MIT
2020 Virtual Symposium
2021 Virtual NVSS
Future Symposia
2022 University of Minnesota


Nearly 900 veterinary students and leaders from three dozen veterinary schools in the U.S. convened virtually this week for the annual National Veterinary Scholars Symposium. They learned from researchers, public health officials and industry experts about the global burden of disease, infectious disease control and potential pathways for research careers – such as in emerging and transboundary diseases – where their veterinary training and One Health perspective is critical. The annual National Veterinary Scholars Symposium was hosted this year by Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Institutes of Health.

In addition, several students were recognized with Boehringer Ingelheim Research Awards for Graduate Veterinarians and Veterinary Students. Winning students receive monetary prizes and a stipend to attend the Symposium to accept their awards and present their research.

Dr. Brittany Szafran, from Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2021 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Award for Graduate Veterinarians, which promotes research in veterinary biosciences. It recognizes graduate veterinarians who have completed or will soon complete a Ph.D. program or are in their final years of residency training in veterinary pathology, medicine, surgery, radiology/ imaging, or laboratory animal medicine.

Carley Allen, from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2021 Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Research Award for Veterinary Students.

To read more about their research and how to apply for the 2022 awards, click here.

  • These students are joining the life sciences field at a remarkable time. The frequency of pandemics and transboundary threats is predicted to increase, presenting new and greater risks to human and animal health, as well as our food supply, The One Health perspectives and capabilities of today’s veterinary students will undoubtedly play a critical role in addressing our future challenges, and the hands-on experience, guidance and support we provide them now represents an important investment in the future health of animals and humans.
    Caroline Belmont, head of U.S. Animal Health Innovation for Boehringer Ingelheim.