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Missouri Provides Extremely Well-Rounded Education

Clinical rotations are a part of life at every veterinary school.

But the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine mandates what it calls a unique curriculum: 42 weeks of intensive training in seven specialties:

  • Food animal medicine and surgery.
  • Equine medicine and surgery.
  • Small-animal medicine.
  • Small-animal surgery.
  • Medical services (radiology and anesthesiology).
  • Diagnostic pathology and special species medicine.
  • Focused specialties (ophthalmology, theriogenology and small-animal specialty medicine).

That’s not all. Third- and fourth-year students also have to complete two six-to-eight-week rotations in elective courses.

At a Glance

Location: Columbia, Mo.

First-year fees and expenses: $35,300 (in state), $51,016 (out of state)

Average GPA of Class of 2013 students: 3.74

Average age of accepted students: 23


All in all, it’s quite an academic load at a university that first began teaching veterinary medicine in 1884. It pays off in the end, too, with graduates averaging three job offers apiece.

 Missouri’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is one of the largest in the nation, handling 16,000 cases a year in three units: small animal, equine and food animal. Also serving the public and referring veterinarians are specialty clinics in ophthalmology, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, dentistry and community medicine.

Among the college’s other points of pride:

  • It is a leader in equine lameness research. 
  • Three graduates have served as American Veterinary Medical Association president in the past 15 years. 
  • The college, divided into departments of biomedical sciences, veterinary medicine and surgery and veterinary pathobiology, has graduated more than 3,000 veterinarians since its founding in 1946.
  • The university is among only a handful with colleges of veterinary medicine, nursing, medicine, agriculture, animal science, nuclear research and health professions on the same campus.
  • Collaborative efforts between the colleges of veterinary college and human medicine led to the development of Quadramet, a radiopharmaceutical that relives the pain of bone cancer. The Comparative Orthopedics Lab perfected a technique to help people and dogs with knee injuries. <HOME>

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