Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine (OSU CVM) strives to be an innovative world leader in healthcare, research and professional education. Since opening its doors in 1948, the OSU CVM has graduated 4,076 veterinarians. Known for producing career-ready graduates, currently 395 students are enrolled in the DVM program and 47 students in the comparative biomedical sciences graduate program. For a third year in a row, 100 percent of OSU CVM veterinary students passed the NAVLE making OSU CVM’s pass rate consistently above the national average.
Oklahoma State’s veterinary college has a long history of contributing to the profession of veterinary medicine through its research programs. It is home to research centers of excellence in veterinary parasitology, respiratory and infectious disease, veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, bovine respiratory disease, nanomedicine and targeted therapy, veterinary pathology, interdisciplinary toxicology and more. OSU CVM faculty collaborate with veterinary college colleagues, across the OSU campus and with other organizations within the state and across the country. When total research funding is normalized to faculty numbers, the highly competitive program at OSU CVM ranks 13 of 30 among U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine.
“To improve our learning and teaching facilities, we completed a thorough curriculum review and established learning outcomes and expectations,” said Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “The clinical curriculum has been revised to offer more opportunities for students in their area of interest. We hired additional faculty and staff to improve how we train tomorrow’s veterinarians and how we ensure that our veterinary graduates receive the highest quality education.”
The Roger J. Panciera Education Center is currently under construction at the OSU CVM. Consisting of three active learning classrooms, the building will house all veterinary students in years one through three in the same location. This unique setup will foster relationship building and peer mentoring among the students. The technology built into each classroom offers faculty more teaching options to enhance the students’ learning experience.
“The veterinary college is also working to address the shortage of rural veterinarians, particularly those in production medicine,” said Risco. “OSU CVM seeks to offer intervention strategies for rural sustainability by expanding veterinary skills and knowledge of herd health, nutrition, forage management, reproductive management, veterinary practice management and other common needs of beef producers. The college will use a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Veterinary Services Grant in excess of $235,000 to create an Integrated Beef Cattle Program for Veterinarians to enhance practice management and services.”
In the fourth year of the DVM program, veterinary students hone their clinical skills at the college’s Veterinary Medical Hospital working through 17 three-week rotations. Students have an opportunity to individualize their training by selecting from several electives that focus on shelter medicine, cardiology, theriogenology, ophthalmology, avian, exotics and zoo medicine and more. In addition, hospital clinicians advance patient treatment using minimally invasive procedures that decrease hospital stays, decrease anesthesia time and increase healing and surgery success rates.
“Our goal is to offer our veterinary students the best possible educational experience available,” said Risco. “We want our graduates to be able to address evolving societal needs no matter what direction they choose to take in the profession of veterinary medicine.”
At A Glance
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Programs: M.S., Ph.D., DVM, Internship, Residency
Number of Endowed Scholarships: 158
Opening date: 1948
Tuition: $24,130 (Okla. Residents), $50,495 (Nonresidents)
Financial Aid Offered: Yes