About the College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine affects the lives of animals and people every day through educational, research, service, and outreach programs. We are dedicated to the education of future and current veterinarians and biomedical scientists and the discovery of new knowledge and skills.

Established in 1947, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is Minnesota’s only veterinary college. Fully accredited, the college has graduated over 5,000 veterinarians and hundreds of scientists.

The college's faculty is nationally and internationally recognized for teaching and research excellence. Signature research includes infectious disease, genomics, comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, epidemiology and dairy, swine, and avian medicine.

The college is also home to the Veterinary Medical Center, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Leatherdale Equine Center and The Raptor Center

The college embraces the “One Health” concept, which aims to transform new knowledge into better health for animals, people, and the environment. The college also plays an important role in the health of the community by assuring food safety, conducting biomedical research, preventing zoonotic diseases, and enhancing our physical and psychological well-being through the care of companion animals and the protection of Minnesota’s wildlife natural resources.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is built within the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. It is important to acknowledge the peoples on whose land we live, learn, and work as we seek to improve and strengthen our relations with our tribal nations. We also acknowledge that words are not enough. We must ensure that our institution provides support, resources, and programs that increase access to all aspects of higher education for our American Indian students, staff, faculty, and community members.

Dean Laura Molgaard

Interim Dean Laura Molgaard

The College of Veterinary Medicine's amazing breadth and quality enable us to advance One Health through the research, education and service our faculty, staff and students engage in every day. We are uniquely positioned to address the important issues confronting veterinary medicine, including advancing ecosystem health, protecting the food supply and economy, and discovering new approaches to the control and elimination of diseases that affect people, animals, and the world we share.

-Laura Molgaard, Dean