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Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Ames, IA

In the year 1879, America had two great achievements for animals. The American Humane Association committed its resources to encourage public schools to teach humane education. This year also saw the founding of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After 135 years, the college has more than 7,000 alumni with DVM degrees.

Dean Lisa K. Nolan, DVM, PhD, sums up the university’s history. “We have a lengthy heritage of educating leaders in veterinary medicine, animal and human health, food safety, and animal welfare,” she said. “Our graduates are serving and have served the profession globally.”

Iowa State’s recent improvements include a large investment in the College of Veterinary’s teaching facilities.

“In the last five years, we have invested more than $100-million in providing a truly state-of-the-art teaching hospital, the Dr. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Teaching Hospital, and the Hixson-Lied Small Animal Hospital,” Nolan explained. “In addition, we have extensively remodeled classrooms, improved technology and strengthened our excellent teaching faculty, ensuring that our students benefit from a state-of the-art educational experience.”

Dr. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Teaching Hospital
One way the students and the nearby community benefited from this new hospital is through Crow Creek 2012. According to the ISU website, in 2012, students and faculty from this hospital travel to Fort Thompson, S.D., providing much needed veterinary care to horses, dogs and cats living with the inhabitants of the area’s tribal reservation. With few veterinary medical options for the local residents, who make on average only $8,000, 350 horses, cats and dogs were evaluated, treated and neutered and spayed (42 surgeries) in two days. The event was a huge success.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
“Our strong Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory process more than 50,000 cases and performs over a million tests annually. Its close proximity to our teaching hospital, faculty and researchers is a strong and valuable asset,” explained Nolan. According to the university’s website, it offers comprehensive disease testing abilities for swine, bovine, avian and small ruminant animals for viral, bacterial and other conditions.

Iowa State University Food Supply Veterinary Medicine (FSVM)
Nolan is proud of the college’s ability to produce graduates who can ensure the world a reliable system to produce an adequate production of food. “The leadership our graduates provide globally in protecting animal and human health and the safety and security of our food supply,” she said. “We are truly attracting the best of the best into a profession that is being challenged as never before.”

One example how the university helps the state is through the VDPAM Beef Team, its website reports. This program helps the state’s $5 billion beef industry that contributes to the State of Iowa’s economy. This department works with cattle farmers and their attending veterinarians to address health and production issues cows face every day.

Nolan believes the university’s future is good. “Our resources are strong and so is our commitment to continue as a leader in veterinary medical teaching, research and service,” she said. “Since 1879 we have been a major contributor to improving animal and human health and wellbeing. Our goal is to continue this rich heritage by helping educate the next generation or veterinarians and researchers who will protect our futures.”
At a Glance

Location: Ames, Iowa

Accreditation: American Veterinary Medical Association on Education

Programs: DVM/MS in Food Safety, DVM/MPH, DVM/MS, DVM Ph.D

Fact: 6,983 Veterinarians (Spring 2012)

Tuition: $21,097/$45,851 (In-State/Out-of-State)

Room & Board: $8,275


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