Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Despite still being the nation’s smallest veterinary program, with only 56 students in every incoming veterinary class, the college’s veterinary research and training program is unparalleled. That’s according to Lyn Smith-Gloria, the public information specialist at Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
As Smith-Gloria expands on the university teaching excellence, she pointed out some notable achievements from the university faculty and teaching highlights:
Over the last four years, all of OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine students have successfully “passed the board exams,” she said. This is in contrast to the country-wide average of only 93 percent veterinary applicants taking and passing the exam.
During 2013 to 2014, Oregon State University deepened its commitment to helping the community and its students by strengthening ties with the Oregon Humane Society. As Smith-Gloria highlighted, all veterinary students in their fourth-year must now complete a “four-week rotation at the OHS hospital where they perform, on average, a total of 60 surgeries each.”
In addition to veterinary students learning necessary medical skills to become veterinarians, students must learn the business side of running a veterinary practice. Smith-Gloria pointed out a “ground-breaking practicum where students spend two weeks at a private veterinary practice for the primary purpose of learning about marketing, personnel management, accounting and other business skills.”
Another core class, according to Smith-Gloria, is increasing the amount of cross-departmental work veterinary students engage in during their education. During the first year of the veterinary program, students must take “discussion-based” classes that work together with students majoring in health professions from local colleges. This has been introduced to raise more awareness for the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health outlook that takes a holistic look at the medical care needs for people, the greater environment and animals.
Recent additions to the faculty, beginning in 2011, includes a 12 percent increase to its veterinary faculty, growing from 67 to 75 researchers. Departments adding new faculty include the “high-demand areas of immunology, mathematical modeling, microbiome research and pharmacogenomics.”
Another noteworthy program pointed out by Smith-Gloria is their Camelid Medicine & Surgery program. Based on their website and Smith-Gloria’s correspondence, this program is recognized across the nation and across the world. Highlights include:
- Research on using antibiotics and anesthesia on camelids
- OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine “was the first to develop blood reference ranges and guides for safe and effective vitamin supplementation; both are considered the standard worldwide today."
- The country’s sole Endowed Professorship in Camelid Medicine.
Along with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s marketing blitz over 24 months that created a 26 percent addition in caseloads, the veterinary college has started working with the Public Health and Pharmacy colleges to create an innovative “Division of Health Sciences” to create a synergistic collaboration for their One Health initiative.
With OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Comparative Health Sciences students are able to take advantage of the college’s electives including Metabolics, Genomics, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, among other specialties within the OSU’ College of Veterinary Medicine.
At A Glance (as of Fall 2013)
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
DVM Enrollment: 222
Degree Programs: DVM, MS, Ph.D
Annual Tuition and Fees: $21,319 (in state), $41,200 (out of state)
Alumni (1983 – 2013): 1181