College of Veterinary Medicine
Intermim Dean: Norman F. Cheville
Departments of the College
Other units of the college include the Veterinary Medical Research Institute, the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and Biomedical Communications. The college also participates in interdisciplinary majors in genetics, molecular cellular and developmental biology, toxicology, immunobiology, and neuroscience.College of Veterinary Medicine
Instructional objectives of the Curricula in Veterinary Medicine
The instructional objective of the College of Veterinary Medicine is to enable students to assume vital roles in society as productive health care deliverers and biomedical scientists. Such an education provides students with general learning, communication, and problem solving abilities; veterinary medical practice and research skills; and professional and ethical values.
The curriculum incorporates basic biomedical and clinical principles, clinical decision making skills, and exceptional clinical experience in production medicine, food animal medicine and surgery, companion animal medicine and surgery, and equine medicine and surgery.
The college is uniquely qualified to provide education in veterinary medicine. Located in the heart of one of the worlds most intensive livestock producing areas, the college provides diverse and extensive production animal medicine experiences and numerous diagnostic cases for study. A nearby metropolitan area and a regionally recognized referral hospital and community practice provide experience in companion animal and equine medicine and surgery.
The professional curriculum is a progressively integrated four-year course of study leading to the doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Students are admitted into the fall semester of the first year of the professional curriculum after completing a minimum of 60 semester credits in a preprofessional program. A strong and reputable basic science education during the first two years of the professional curriculum prepares veterinary students for a wide range of clinical experience during the last two years of the educational program. The students education can be enhanced during the fourth year of the curriculum by participation in preceptorships in private practice, other colleges, research laboratories, industry, or government agencies. Outstanding research programs in neuroscience, immunobiology, infectious diseases, and other areas provide opportunities for qualified students to participate in research.
Concurrent D.V.M./M.S., Ph.D. programs are available for exceptionally qualified students who wish to obtain both veterinary and graduate degrees. Students must have a bachelors degree or a minimum of 128 semester credits in preveterinary and professional curricula in order to participate in the concurrent degree program. Admission to the concurrent D.V.M./graduate degree program is subject to the approval of the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the dean of the Graduate College.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is an important recruiting center for employers seeking veterinarians for private practice; industry; educational institutions; international agencies; federal, state and local governments; the armed forces; departments of public health; zoological gardens; laboratory animal medicine agencies; and other related fields of professional activity. Graduates are highly sought after and typically have multiple employment offers upon graduation. A career development office is available to help match students with appropriate employers.