Veterinary Medical Center — Service

The College’s Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) is the nation’s busiest veterinary teaching hospital, treating more than 35,000 companion and 4,000 large animal cases annually. Our facility is the most advanced, full-service referral care center for large and small animals in Minnesota, with specialists available in all areas of medicine and surgery. Learn more about how the VMC serves our animal patients.

Veterinary Medical Center – Team Approach

The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has more than 200 dedicated staff, with more than 60 veterinarians who have undergone several years of additional training to become board-certified specialists in a particular area of veterinary medicine. All of this expert knowledge is in place to care for each special animal patient. Take a closer look at the VMC’s unique approach to providing world-class animal care.

Clinical Investigation Center

The Clinical Investigation Center (CIC) promotes the research mission at the College of Veterinary Medicine by executing and supporting clinical and translational research based on the patients in the Veterinary Medical Center. The mission of the CIC is to develop and facilitate veterinary clinical trials and translational research studies that lead to new drugs, devices, procedures, and treatments for the benefit of animals and humans alike. This is achieved by providing scientific and clinical expertise, world-class facilities, technical staff, and study coordination. With a committed sponsor, the CIC can have your project up and running in 45 days or less, often free of charge.

Student Affairs

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top 10 veterinary colleges by U.S. News & World Report, which is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students. The College admits 100 veterinary students per year and offers a unique dual-degree program in veterinary medicine and public health. In addition, early admissions/decisions programs are offered to ensure that the College meets the needs of underserved populations as well as the growing need for food animal veterinarians. Learn more about what we have to offer and get a brief look at the student experience at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Leatherdale Equine Center

The Leatherdale Equine Center represents the College’s dedication to an expanded and comprehensive equine program, including undergraduate equine education and continued devotion to educating the next generation of equine veterinarians. Since opening in 2007, the state-of-the-art facility has focused on equine research that is changing the lives of horses worldwide, while providing cutting-edge, compassionate care for horses. See how we benefit horses by providing some of the best equine care, research, facilities, and veterinary education found anywhere in the world.

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The College’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) provides outstanding specialty facilities and expertise in the diagnosis and eradication of disease. The VDL also serves the agriculture industry and the public’s health by acting as the official laboratory of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The VDL protects animal and human health through detection and disease monitoring and is very busy in this mission. Last year, it handled more than 65,000 requests for disease investigations, conducted more than 1.5 million laboratory procedures, and performed nearly 17,000 necropsies. Go behind the scenes at the VDL.

The Raptor Center

The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota specializes in the medical care, rehabilitation, and conservation of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. In addition to treating approximately 700 birds a year, the program provides training in raptor medicine and surgery for veterinarians from around the world, reaches close to 200,000 people each year through public education programs and events, and identifies emerging issues related to raptor health and populations. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Raptor Center and see how we are changing the world.

Educational Experiences in Dairy and Beef

The University of Minnesota offers countless opportunities in dairy and beef cattle production medicine. A partnership with a large commercial dairy in south central Minnesota provides access to 3,000 milking cows on site and over 7,500 calvings per year. The beef education program includes a focus on North American production, providing students with broad perspectives in beef production and animal health. Students learn clinical and technical skills through hand-on learning opportunities at the advanced facilities highlighted in this video.


Educational Experiences in Swine, Small Ruminants and Poultry

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary medicine provides students with outstanding experiences in swine, small ruminant, and poultry production medicine. Curriculum is developed and taught by faculty who are world renown experts in their respective fields. Hands-on learning is made possible by state-of-the-art facilities, many of which are highlighted in this video.

Veterinary Historical Museum

With a rich history of research, discovery, and animal care spanning a half-century, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary medicine has become a internationally recognized leader in veterinary medicine. Created as a division of the School of Agriculture in 1916, the school initially engaged in animal health research and played a major role in standardizing tests for brucellosis. The College of Veterinary Medicine was officially established in 1947, which was followed by years of rapid growth. With these historical facts as a basis, see the segment on the Veterinary Historical Museum, which is located at the College of Veterinary Medicine on the St. Paul campus.