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Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

 Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine


About the college:

Information about the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University Veterinary science courses have been taught at MSU since the institution’s founding in 1855. The College of Veterinary Medicine was formally established as a four-year, degree-granting program in 1910.
Today, the college includes four biomedical science departments -- microbiology and molecular genetics, pathobiology and diagnostic investigation, pharmacology and toxicology, and physiology; two clinical departments -- large-animal clinical sciences and small-animal clinical sciences; two service units -- the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health; and several research centers.
In addition to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program, the college also offers certificate and bachelor’s degree programs in veterinary technology, as well as advanced degree (master’s and doctor of philosophy) programs.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is fortunate to have an outstanding faculty, all of whom hold the doctor of veterinary medicine degree and/or the doctor of philosophy degree. Nearly all of the specialty boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association are represented on the faculty. Many of these faculty members are leaders in their fields, both nationally and internationally.
Michigan State has a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism. The College of Veterinary Medicine has attained national recognition for its leadership in programs for the encouragement of underrepresented groups at the preprofessional, professional, and advanced studies levels, as well as for increased diversity in its faculty.
Special opportunities for preveterinary and professional students to participate in international veterinary activities further expand appreciation of different cultures. Indeed, international experience and opportunities abound in the college for both faculty and students. Nearly 300 individuals associated with the college have been involved in activities in 36 countries. A special endowment provides funds to support student travel abroad.
The abundance and variety of animal agriculture and companion animals in Michigan provides the college with one of the largest clinical and diagnostic caseloads in the country. Educational and research opportunities are considerably enhanced by this large caseload.
The college also takes seriously its obligation to meet the needs of society in addition to clinical services and education. The college has expertise in public health, biomedical and comparative medical research, ecosystem and environmental management, and the multiple facets that compose our complex global food system. CVM also supports key animal health programs conducted by both the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


The College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University has excellent facilities, technologies, and equipment to support teaching, research, and clinical service.
The Veterinary Medical Center is the hub of college activities. It consists of 170,000 square-feet of office, teaching, and research space, as well as the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). The VTH is a premier veterinary referral hospital with a wide range of board-certified specialists and a large and diverse caseload. In fact, with about 24,000 patient visits annually, the VTH has one of the largest caseloads in the nation. An additional 113,000 animals are seen during field service calls. A large dairy herd internship program allows access to some of the biggest dairy operations in the Midwest.
The large caseload provides students with excellent hands-on experience with a wide range of animals and a variety of diseases and injuries. The VTH also has a general practice section to ensure that students also work on more traditional cases and learn wellness and disease prevention.
The large caseload also provides faculty with a sufficient population of animals to mark disease trends and perform statistical analyses.
The Matilda R. Wilson Pegasus Critical Care Center is a 9,000-square-foot facility that allows the Veterinary Teaching Hospital to house large-animal patients with infectious diseases in an isolated place, minimizing the risk of spreading disease to other animals and people while providing state-of-the-art critical care.
The center includes a number of special features, including ten individual isolation stalls, on-site laboratory capability, and a specialized ventilation system that helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases. There is also video equipment that allows clients to see their animals without entering the isolation stall.

The Animal Cancer Care Clinic is the first of two phases to establish a Center for Comparative Oncology. The clinic has two levels – one above and one below ground. The building was constructed in such a way that it can support two additional floors in the future that will house research labs, teaching labs, a lecture hall, and office space.
Some special features of the Animal Cancer Care Clinic include 12 exam rooms, a diagnostic imaging suite, diagnostic cytology teaching laboratory, chemotherapy administration suite, minor procedures suits, radio-isotope suite, hospitalization wards, quiet room, and a linear accelerator. The linear accelerator has multiple beam energy capabilities and a 52-multileaf collimator.
The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) offers diagnostic services to veterinarians and owners of livestock, zoo animals, and companion animals in the form of postmortem examinations, clinical pathology, surgical biopsy interpretations, bacteriology, endocrinology, nutrition, parasitology, immunodiagnostics, toxicology, and virology. Special features of the 152,000-gross-square-foot facility include large biosafety-level 3 animal necropsy and microbiology spaces, as well as a fish diagnostics center. The DCPAH also has office and laboratory space devoted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Research and Technology Section and office space for the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
The DCPAH employs about 120 professional, technical, and support staff that yearly process over 160,000 diagnostic submissions and perform more than 1.2 million diagnostic tests. In addition to providing full-service diagnostic testing for Michigan, the DCPAH also serves as a learning center for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and other colleges at Michigan State University. The DCPAH has laboratory and classroom space that is used for teaching veterinary students, providing postgraduate educational and research opportunities, training pathology residents, and conducting continuing education programs. The diagnostic center is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
A six-story, 200,000 net-square-foot Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building was opened in April 2002. Of the three departments housed there, two – Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Physiology – are shared by CVM with other colleges.
Rather than being organized by department, the building is divided into interdisciplinary areas assigned to the study of chronic diseases, such as cancer diabetes, and heart disease; genetics and genetic diseases; environmental quality and bioremediation; materials science; and elementary particle physics, astrophysics, and instrumentation.
The National Food Safety & Toxicology Center is a 115,000-square foot building housing laboratory and other experimental facilities for researchers with expertise in toxicology, carcinogenesis, pathology, analytical chemistry, microbiology, and epidemiology. All the research is done in support of the mission of making our foods safer and more secure. Also included is an experimental food processing facility devoted to work on samples that contain hazardous microbial or chemical contaminants.
Administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the center is home for faculty from sixteen departments at Michigan State University.
The Mary Anne McPhail Equine Performance Center is an 18,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility for clinical and research studies of equine performance problems in all types of horses. In addition to housing sophisticated gait analysis equipment, it contains an indoor arena for lunging, riding, and driving, and firm surfaces for lunging and evaluating horses on a straight line.
The college’s high-speed treadmill, used for both research and diagnosis, is housed nearby.

The Training Center for Dairy Professionals extends the long-standing cooperation between the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Green Meadow Farms, Inc., in Elsie, Michigan. The center makes use of Green Meadow Farms’ large dairy herd, modern facilities, and highly developed management infrastructure, along with the college’s faculty and facilities to provide specialized training in dairy practice for veterinary students, preveterinary students, graduate veterinarians, and other professionals serving the dairy industry.
The center also provides facilities and demonstration material for the continuing education of veterinarians and other professionals working in the dairy industry and creates an infrastructure for clinical research in the health management of dairy cows.
Special features of the center include two classrooms with farm intranet, Internet, and LCD projectors; student boarding and dining facilities; office space; microbiology and chemistry laboratory equipment; a heated surgical theater; a special-needs barn including 16 hospital stalls; a maternity barn with 24 stalls and a heated observation area; and a comprehensive animal records database accessible from many locations on the farm.
The Learning and Assessment Center resulted from a multi-college effort to help health professions students improve their communication and diagnostic skills. The participating colleges include the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine, along with the Medical Technology Program, which is housed in the College of Natural Science.
The center contains 20 examination rooms where students can practice their skills using standardized patients/clients, simulation models, and computers.
Each exam room is equipped with video and audio data capture systems that can be used to provide feedback to the students and to record performance for evaluation.
Standardized patients are people who have been trained to portray a given disease or medical problem, like diabetes, anemia, gastrointestinal problems, heart problems, and the like.
Standardized clients are trained to play the role of animal owners in veterinary scenarios representing various animal health problems. Live animals come with them, A simulation laboratory is available that allows trainees to interact with devices and inanimate models for the purposes of developing key procedural skills and ascertaining whether they have reached basic competency. Several canine and feline manikin models are available for veterinary students to work with, such as Critical Care Fluffy, and K-9 CPR Jerry.
The 52,000 square-foot University Research Containment Facility provides a setting where investigators can conveniently conduct research under strictly controlled conditions.
Species ranging from rodents to farm animals can be studied in space designed to meet federal guidelines. The unit has 28 animal isolation rooms conforming to criteria for biosafety level 2, with the additional capability of housing biosafety level 3 projects.

Full-service animal husbandry services are provided under the supervision of a veterinarian. The building also features an aquatic facility for study of infectious and toxic agents in fish. The Vivarium is the animal-holding facility located within the Veterinary Medical Center. It is staffed and equipped to house all animals, from rodents to dogs to cattle, in support of research and teaching. A technologist, certified by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, supervises activities in the facility.
The college takes great pride in housing an Information Technology Center. This center supports the state-of-the-art information technology found throughout the college and also assists in developing and supporting innovative teaching technologies for the clinic and student learning areas.
Finally, the CVM has two farms close to campus, the Veterinary Research Farm and the Bennett Farm, where teaching and research animals are kept. These farms and our resident livestock and horses give students an opportunity to handle and work with food animals and horses in natural settings and also to learn to care for their well-being.

Service Units

Veterinary Teaching Hospital: Number of patient visits per year
  • Small Animal Clinic, including the Animal Cancer Care Clinic: 24, 063
  • Large Animal Clinic: 2,751
  • Food Animal Clinic: 738
  • DCPAH: Number of tests per year -- 1.4 million

    Office of Diversity and Vetward Bound Program

    The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Vetward Bound Program is designed to assist disadvantaged students seeking a career in the veterinary medical profession. The program’s mission is to increase the representation of educationally, economically, culturally disadvantaged persons ready for entrance into the professional program in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The program fosters recruitment, retention services and collaborative relationships with other MSU institutional programs to strengthen mentoring and academic assistance. Participating students receive academic advising, career/general counseling, and assistance in preparing for standardized tests, supplemental instructional support, and opportunities to gain exposure to the veterinary profession. In addition, special seminars and summer enrichment programs are offered. Interested students should contact the Vetward Bound Program.
    Economically disadvantaged students who are selected to participate will meet HHS Health Careers Opportunity Program guidelines and Federal thresholds. The educationally disadvantaged come from socio-economical, educational or cultural backgrounds that differentially limit their ability to be academically and experientially competitive when compared to other students preparing to enter a professional program in veterinary medicine.

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    Patricia Lowrie, Senior Advisor to the Dean
    Brett Powell, Supportive Services/Activities Coordinator
    Kari Storm, Outreach Coordinator
    Joy Hannibal, Academic Advising Coordinator
    Sarah Davis, Office Manager
    Dianna Laverdiere, Grants Analyst
    Mary Firdawsi, Special Projects
    Office of Diversity and Vetward Bound Programs
    Veterinary Medical Center
    784 Wilson Road Rm F-113B
    East Lansing, MI, 48824
    Phone: (517) 355-6521
    Fax: (517) 353-9701*

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