University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Established in 1884, the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Science continues to be a consistent leader in training future generations of veterinarians and contributing to animal-human disease research.
According to its website, Missouri University has been a research leader for over three decades and continues to do so.
“MU researchers have long been in the forefront investigating types of cancer that affect humans and their companion animals and potential treatments. The College of Veterinary Medicine has been an integral part of the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research,” explained Neil C. Olson, dean of University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. “The program’s Comparative Oncology Trial Consortium is a collaborative effort that unites the National Cancer Institute and comparative oncology centers at 20 veterinary schools across the United States and Canada with the goal of integrating naturally occurring cancer models into the development path of new cancer drugs.”
Berry pointed out that the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine realizes the power of research through the “One Health/One Medicine Mizzou Advantage.” Dean Olson seconded Berry’s website research, explaining that “the MU College of Veterinary Medicine has long been a pioneer in the field of one medicine and we continue to lead research into diseases that affect both animals and humans, and potential therapies.”
Based on their website, the veterinary college’s collaboration with the medical, nursing and health departments and colleges, along with agricultural and science departments and colleges at the university, have made incredible breakthroughs.
Examples of human-animal research breakthroughs include Quadramet, a cancer treatment drug that was developed in collaboration with six complimentary University of Missouri “divisions” to treat painful bone cancer and target cancer cells exclusively, leaving normal cells unharmed.
“The University of Missouri also recently became affiliated with the country’s leading cancer care center, MD Anderson Cancer Network, and the College is a key partner in this collaboration too,” Olson highlighted. “we believe that focusing on understanding how cancer affects multiple species will help propel us toward more effective therapies. This will be key to attracting research projects to our institution.”
The university’s Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory’s help find breakthrough surgical techniques to dog knees’ regenerate its own tissue. Based on the dog’s ability to recover successfully, the research is being applied in clinical trials on humans.
“With our comparative medicine laboratories in oncology, neurology, orthopedics and internal medicine, our Laboratory for Infectious Disease Research, and the other resources, such as the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, that are here on the campus, we have a tremendous capacity for cross discipline collaborations,” says Olson.
Other highlights Berry mentioned from their website includes the university’s Comparative Neurology Lab’s latest research findings on animal-human gene connections. Working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and investigators from the Broad Institute, the lab determined that the same gene mutations in humans and dogs causes disease in both subjects. For humans, the mutation can cause Lou Gehrig’s or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in humans, while dogs may suffer degenerative myelopathy.
At A Glance
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Accreditation: Full Accreditation Status Renewed as of Fall 2013
Financial Aid: Yes (Scholarships, Student Loans and Work Study)
Fact: 98% Passing Rate for North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (2013 Graduating Class)
Number of Students Accepted: 120 applicants accepted for 2013 (94 Women; 26 Men)