The program is defined and shaped by three closely related and interconnected research areas in the DPCVM Doctoral programme: animal welfare, translational and clinical veterinary medicine. The most prominent aim of the DPCVM is to encourage the doctoral candidates to mature into ethically conscious, professional researchers and specialists who are genuinely multidisciplinary, critical, and innovative. In addition, the doctoral candidates become well incorporated into research networks and have workable international contacts at the time of graduation.