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Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine

Manhattan, KS

Students looking to enroll in Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine won't have to worry about preparing for any type of veterinary career, including pursuing a full-time companion animal practice, working with the livestock and food supply industry or continuing their education in research.

With more than 7,000 graduates since 1905, according to Dr. Caroline Rost, assistant dean of admissions for Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, the school is active in educating the next generation of animal health experts. The overall number of graduate students, interns and residents numbers 237. Specifically, there are 18 residents and 13 interns. Of the 206 graduate students, there are 63 M.S. candidates, 86 MPH students and 14 more working towards the college's Public Health Certificate program and 39 students pursuing a Ph.D.

"There is a strong emphasis on having a well-rounded education. By the end of the third year of studies, before students can begin clinical rotations, each has to complete three courses: small-animal clinical skills, large-animal clinical skills and non-practice clinical skills," according to university officials.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Health Center provides routine and emergency care for a comprehensive list of animals including companion, zoo, horse and farm animals that is staffed by 55 veterinarians.

"Clinical rotations are done in one of the nation's largest veterinary teaching hospitals, K-State's Veterinary Health Center, which has CT scan, MRI, echocardiography, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy and a very modern intensive/critical care unit." University officials also said that, "the hospital also contains a community practice area as well as referral service areas.

While the majority of students may only complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), some students undertake further training to specialize in veterinary disciplines.

"More than 25 percent of students pursue further training through internship, residency or graduate programs. Those who stay at K-State find these areas of study: Traditional graduate programs with strengths in infectious diseases of animals, zoonotic diseases and bovine production. The university also has an interdisciplinary public health program with tracks in infectious and zoonotic diseases, food safety, exercise and obesity and human nutrition," according to university representatives.

The college is home to the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which is a full-service laboratory offering a complete range of diagnostic services for all species. It provides an excellent environment of support for the teaching and research responsibilities of the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Kansas State University. The laboratory employs seven resident pathologist and two interns.

Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is also a leader in research. According to the university's website, 2017 saw an increased level of effort to obtain funding via federal grants, resulting in $139 million. Some highlights for the College of Veterinary medicine include, according to Kansas State University News and Communication Services:

"Kansas State University is home to the Biosecurity Research Institute, which contains both biosafety level 3 and biosafety level 3-ag laboratories; the Beef Cattle Institute; the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health; the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, or CEVBED; the Center of Outcomes Research and Epidemiology, or CORE; Center of Excellence for Translational and Comparative Oncology Research, or CETCOR; the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD; the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State, or NICKS; and the Institute for Computational and Comparative Medicine, or ICCM, and the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, or FARAD, the latter two which are under the direction of K-State's first National Academies of Science faculty member Dr. Jim Riviere."

Meet the Dean

At a Glance
Location: Manhattan, Ks.

Programs: MS, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences; MPH, Infectious Disease + Zoonoses; PhD (Anatomy & Physiology or Pathobiology); DVM/PhD; DVM; Internships; Residencies
Fact: 99% of KSU graduates passed the North American Licensing Exam (2012 – 2013)

Accreditation: Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Room and Board: $7,194 (Dec. 2012)


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