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 nearly 4,000 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.


We are committed to developing compassionate practitioners and leaders in animal and human health working in veterinary clinics, research facilities, government agencies, industry, and on the nation’s farms.

Our robust professional curriculum prepares veterinary students for a wide variety of careers. Throughout the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM program) students learn the skills and knowledge required to become successful veterinarians. The DVM Program is accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. The first two years of the curriculum provides students with a broad basic science background. In the third and fourth years, students begin to put the clinical and professional skills they have learned into practice, both in the classroom and in the Veterinary Medical Center, our hospital that serves 35,000 patients each year. In addition, Minnesota's strong agricultural base enhances exposure to a wide variety of food animals and food animal production systems. Students are also enrolled in the dual degree DVM/Master of Public Health (MPH) program, a College of Veterinary Medicine/School of Public Health collaboration.

The College's Veterinary Medicine and Comparative and Molecular Biosciences graduate programs prepare students for careers in biomedical sciences and higher education. Students pursue master's or Ph.D. degrees in diverse disciplines including genomics, molecular biology, comparative medicine, pathology, internal medicine, surgery, and theriogenology.

Interim 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, interim dean