The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine prepares future leaders in companion animal, food animal, and public health practice, as well as research and education.
Our students benefit from one of the largest veterinary teaching hospitals in the country, as well as world-renowned faculty in infectious disease, genomics, comparative medicine, raptor conservation, public health, epidemiology, and dairy, swine, and avian medicine. We have specialized on-site facilities including the Veterinary Medical Center, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Leatherdale Equine Center, and The Raptor Center that provide one-of-a-kind cluster of learning opportunities, as well as off-site partnerships with local zoos, wildlife centers and humane societies.
We're proud to be part of the Health Sciences program at the University of Minnesota, where interdisciplinary health care expertise is developed between veterinary medicine and our partner programs in dentistry, pharmacy, human medicine, public health, nursing, and allied health care. Here, faculty across disciplines collaborate to solve critical health problems that impact animals and people.
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The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program prepares future leaders in companion animal, food animal, and public health practice, as well as research and education.
We provide state-of-the-art PhD and MS training at the intersections of animal, human, and ecosystem health. Our primary goal is to educate independent scientists.
Our combined DVM/PhD and DVM/MS programs offer rigorous training for careers at the interface between basic sciences and veterinary medicine, preparing students for academic or private sector careers in veterinary and biomedical research.
This predominantly online dual degree program allows students to combine their veterinary studies with a Master of Public Health, providing the credentials to work at the interface of human wellness and animal health.
Veterinary school is challenging and can be stressful. While the UMN learning environment is one of high expectations, we try to make it a nurturing one as well. The University's administration faculty, and staff highly value our veterinary students: you've been chose to train with us, and from day one of orientation, we're going to set you up with support.
Mentorship from day one
Mentoring occurs in every phase of a student's time with us. During orientation students enter the Gopher Orientation and Leadership Experience (GOALE), a course designed to introduce first year students to the veterinary college, the veterinary program and the veterinary profession, including monthly information meetings and mentoring workshops. First-year DVM students can choose to match with practitioners from our Alumni and Friends Society who provide valuable career information and strategies, and second and third-year students are encouraged to work with faculty mentors in their species or disciplines of interest.
From day one we make students aware of the system of support and resources available to them. From dedicated social workers and student advocates at every program level, to faculty that's trained to recognize signs of stress and offer help when needed, to counseling and wellness services university-wide, paying attention to our students' mental health is paramoutn.
Diversity and inclusion
The College of Veterinary Medicine is committed to diversity and inclusion. We believe that positive innovation is most likely to occur when multiple perspectives are present to produce knowledge and offer high quality education. Excellence is inclusive
Responsive faculty & staff
Our staff continually asks for student feedback on workload, curriculum and well-being and works with faculty and administration to make adjustments as needed, from changing classroom temperature to rebalancing finals to avoid having too many exams on the same day.
We offer many financial options besides loans to help pay for your education. With nearly $600,000 in scholarships, plus financial planning and counseling services, we'll help you pay for a high-value education.
CVM has a strong alumni network to help you move into the next phrase of your professional development, as well as helping future veterinary students!
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The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is a pioneer and an internationally recognized leader in animal health research. We are uniquely positioned to provide solutions to current and emerging problems at the interface of animals, humans, and the environment that threaten animal and human health. These problems are global, interlaced, and complex, and require multidisciplinary integrated approaches that unify biology and medicine.