Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine
As one of the nation’s smallest veterinary programs, with only 72 students in every incoming veterinary class, the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine (CCVM) at Oregon State University is able to provide unique hands-on experiences and diverse research opportunities for its students. “That includes internships at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon National Primate Center, as well as a robust summer research program where students can work one-on-one with faculty,” says Lyn Smith-Gloria, Marketing Director for the college.
The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine was also the first veterinary college in the nation to create a program at a shelter-based hospital that provides real-world experience for their students. “All fourth-year students are required to complete a four-week rotation at the Oregon Humane Society in Portland, where they help treat a wide variety of illnesses and perform, on average, a total of 60 surgeries each,” says Smith-Gloria.
The college also provides two unique, practical courses that provide training in communication with clients, and in managing a veterinary practice.
Another core class, according to Smith-Gloria, is a discussion-based course where students evaluate real veterinary cases and work with a faculty member to find solutions.
All this hands-on and practical experience helps to reinforce the rigorous classroom teaching, and is one of the reasons why, year after year, 98% of CCVM student pass their licensing exams on the first try. “The national average is 92%,” says Smith-Gloria.
Excellence In Research
CCVM research is interdisciplinary and often involves collaboration with other colleges on campus. “Our veterinary scientists are trained in comparative biology, and are able to work with colleagues in a wide array of disciplines,” says Smith-Glora. They are looking for solutions to animal and human health issues using biosciences, physical sciences, social science, and engineering.”
The CCVM is recognized around the world for its ground-breaking development of camelid medicine, as well as camelid-based research. According to Smith-Gloria current research features the study of the metabolism of llamas and alpacas to develop new approaches to treat diabetes in humans, and adapting tiny llamas antibodies to produce new cancer treatments.
At A Glance
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
DVM Enrollment: 280
Degree Programs: DVM, MS, Ph.D
Annual Tuition and Fees: $25,521 (in state), $48,790 (out of state)
Alumni (1983 – 2019): 1512