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University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine

Columbia, MO

The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is theonly Missouri institution to award the doctor of veterinary medicine degree (DVM), graduating approximately 115 new veterinarians each year.

The professional program leading to a DVM boasts a unique curricular structure, which provides nearly two years of hands-on training in the college’s general and specialty clinics. Years one and two focus on instruction in high-tech, computer-based classrooms and labs. Clinical training in the Veterinary Health Center hospitals and the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory consists of service rotations that range from two to eight weeks in length. Students must complete the following core rotations: equine medicine and surgery, food animal medicine and surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, small animal orthopedic surgery, small animal soft tissue surgery, diagnostic pathology, small animal community practice, small animal internal medicine, small animal emergency and critical care, and theriogenology.

The DVM curriculum is integrated with MU veterinary services, including statewide animal disease diagnostic services, and extension and continuing education programs for animal owners and veterinarians.

The Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory is a full-service laboratory for all animal species. The VMDL is Missouri’s only veterinary laboratory accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Each year, the VMDL performs 167,000-plus diagnostic tests, many for agricultural animals such as cattle, turkeys, chickens, horses, pigs, goats and sheep.

The dual master of public health-doctor of veterinary medicine program at MU is designed so that students can graduate with both the MPH and DVM degrees within four years and reflects the future of interdisciplinary research and service. Veterinary students seeking a dual degree can train in zoonotic disease prevention, food safety and other emerging issues in animal and human health.

The college has a successful Veterinary Research Scholars Program that has grown each year since it was established in 2005. The program exposes veterinary students to research career opportunities through a faculty-mentored experience. Participants who are selected receive a stipend during the full-time research activity portion of the program, which takes place during their summer break.

MU is a national leader in comparative medicine, in which researchers collaborate by sharing discoveries, innovations, and treatments for animals and humans. For more than four decades, the National Institutes of Health has continuously funded comparative medicine research at the University of Missouri.

Mizzou is one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus – and one of a handful of public universities with veterinary medicine, nursing, medicine, agriculture, animal science, nuclear research, and health professions on the same campus. MU is also one of only 34 public U.S. institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, whose members are top-tier schools noted for outstanding teaching and research endeavors.


At A Glance

Location: Columbia, Mo.
Accreditation: Full Accreditation Status Renewed as of Fall 2013
Financial Aid: Yes (Scholarships, Student Loans and Work Study)
Fact: 98% Passing Rate for North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (2019 Graduating Class)
Number of Students Accepted: 120 applicants accepted in 2019 (101 Women; 21 Men)

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