Mission & values

Images of students and faculty at the college of veterinary medicine carrying our the vision of the college

Our vision is to be a global leader in advancing education, health, and research at the interface of animals, humans, and the environment.

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Our mission

Our focus is building a globally diverse and inclusive community to improve the health of animals, humans, and the environment. This will be accomplished by discovering and disseminating new knowledge and skills, educating current and future veterinarians and scientists, and providing innovative veterinary services. 

Our strategic plan 2016-2021

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan was created with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and external partners, and will guide our day-to-day decisions and work that we do. 

Strategic plan overview

Our values

We’re first and foremost about the discovery, integration, application, and dissemination of new knowledge.

Our education is rooted in cutting-edge science and delivered with learner-focused techniques that instill leadership skills, ethical standards, and a capacity for lifelong learning.

We respect and support our colleagues. We’re dedicated to developing skills and expertise and promoting inclusion for varied opinions, backgrounds, and perspectives. 

We proactively develop and support partnerships with individuals and organizations that share our scientific, professional, educational, and policy interests.

We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards. We take responsibility for our actions in all facets of our work. We strive continuously to enhance our programs and services. We measure our effectiveness, and we report our progress.

We lead by influencing and contributing to science, animal welfare, food animal agriculture, the veterinary profession, and the intersections of animals, humans, and the environment.

Meet our Dean: Laura Molgaard, DVM

Interim Dean Laura Molgaard

Dr. Laura Molgaard has been the Dean at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine since August of 2019. 

After developing and overseeing the creation of both veterinary assistant and veterinary medical curricula in Minnesota, Molgaard is now helping to set best practices for veterinary education on a global level. As an educational administrator, she creates programs and leads development of new initiatives, giving her an even broader reach. 

Learn more about Dean Molgaard