Founded in 1947, The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the top 10 veterinary schools in the nation, according to U. S. News & World Reports.
In keeping with its comprehensive commitment to academic and veterinary practice development, Trevor Ames, dean of the college, said it best: “We are looking for students with strong interpersonal skills. The college has recently introduced a new curriculum with an emphasis on active learning and professional development to build on the competencies we select for in our interview process.”
While candidates with experience in a veterinary setting and those who do well on their GRE and GPA, Ames explained that they look for a well-rounded candidates. They do this by individual interviews to select incoming students who have a disposition conducive to a high performing academic and professional experience.
Working with international educational and food organizations, the University of Minnesota offers students a comprehensive theoretical and research experience. According to Laurie Brickley, the university’s director of marketing and communications, the university focuses their research on “infectious disease, genomics, comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, epidemiology and dairy, swine and avian medicine.”
As Brickley explained: “[In a] student’s first three years, the curriculum incorporates integrated teaching, technology in the classroom and early exposure through clinical and professional skills courses. In their last year students choose from some 80 clinical rotations and up to 10 weeks of externship experience at off-campus sites.”
Some of the hands-on experiences veterinary students have during their education include the ability to work with complementary colleges within the University of Minnesota and working with the community at large. Brickley mentioned that veterinary schools may work “with other schools at the University of Minnesota such as the School of Public Health, the Medical School and the Center for Health and Food Safety.” This collaboration, as Brickley puts it, permits students to earn an M.S. in public health and a DVM in only four years.
Brickley highlighted the college’s four animal care facilities, which provide students with hands-on care experience, while helping the community at large. Students looking to specialize in bovine treatment learn at their Dairy Education Center in New Sweden, Minn. Other care highlights include the college’s ability to treat about 45,000 animals every year with its Veterinary Medical Center, backed up with its Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory’s ability to take care of 1,300-plus weekly caseload. Its Raptor Center and Leatherdale Equine Center have an international reputation for avian care and multicounty care ability respectively.
One example, according to Brickley, is the University of Minnesota’s RESPOND project. The University of Minnesota permits veterinary the opportunity to work with the university’s School of Nursing, along with institutions of higher learning in areas of east Africa and southeast Asia.
At a Glance
Location: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
Programs: MS, Ph.D., DVM, DVM/Ph.D, DVM/MPH, Residency
Enrolled: 100 students annually
Tuition: $16,940 (residents), $29,173 (nonresidents)
Fact: $472,000 awarded in scholarship to 56 students in 2013
Distinguished alumnus: Dr. Lisa Tokach (’90) received the Science in Practice award from the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference
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