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North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is a dynamic community whose members are dedicated to preparing veterinarians and veterinarian scientists while advancing animal and human health from the cellular level through entire ecosystems.

With the graduation of its first class in 1985, the CVM is one of the younger veterinary programs in the country. Despite its relative youth, the College has gained international recognition on the strength of its teaching, research, engagement, and patient care efforts and is ranked 5th among the nation's 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the current U.S. News & World Report survey.

Located on 180 acres near downtown Raleigh, the College encompasses 20 buildings on the main Centennial Biomedical Campus. Instruction is in three departments—Clinical Sciences, Molecular Biomedical Sciences, and Population Health & Pathobiology. In addition to the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, there are programs leading to master and doctoral degrees in several areas with numerous opportunities for specialization.

The highly-regarded House Officer Program provides one- to three-year internships or residency training in more than 20 clinical specialties and the innovative Clinician Scientist Training Program prepares veterinary researchers. The CVM is unique among veterinary colleges with an on-site Teaching Animal Unit that operates as a working farm and aids in hands-on instruction with large animal medicine and exposes students to basic agriculture principles and farm technology.

More than 20,000 patients are diagnosed and treated annually by clinicians in the CVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a major referral center for veterinarians from throughout the Southeast. These patients are often seriously ill and require the best that veterinary medicine offers. This quality care is delivered with the utmost compassion for patient and owner, a hallmark of the hospital. The patient caseload also allows for instruction and the opportunity for clinical trials that advance animal health and well being.

Construction is underway for the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center. When completed, the Terry Center will more than double the size of the current hospital and is expected to be a national model for excellence in companion animal health.

Since its inception, the CVM has chosen to put its focus on six specific program areas: Companion Animal Medicine, Food Supply Medicine, Biomedical Research, Ecosystem Health, Equine Medicine, and Animal Welfare.

Through these six areas, the NC State CVM prepares the next generation of veterinarians and veterinarian scientists, conducts bench and clinical research to solve animal and human health problems, addresses critical ecosystem and public health issues, helps protect the U.S. food supply, and promotes a clearer understanding and appreciation of the ramifications related to the growing human-animal bond that is at the center of these concerns.


Centers and Facilities
The College of Veterinary Medicine is the centerpiece of the 250 acre NC State Centennial Biomedical Campus.

CVM-led Centers and Consortia

  • Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research
  • Center for Chemical Toxicology Research and Pharmacokinetics
  • Environmental Medicine Consortium
  • Other NC State Centers affiliated with the CVM

  • Center for Marine Sciences and Technology (CMAST)
  • Bioinformatics Research Center
  • Inter-institutional Centers affiliated with the CVM

  • Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease - NIH-funded center at UNC & NCSU
  • Animal health care facilities

  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Equine Health Center at Southern Pines
  • Imaging facilities

  • AnimalScan Veterinary Imaging Center
  • Laboratories and related facilities

  • Tick-borne Diagnostic Laboratory (Tick Lab)
  • Flow Cytometry and Cell Sorting Laboratory
  • Histology Laboratory
  • Clinical Virology Laboratory
  • Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) Biocontainment Facility
  • Laboratory for Advanced Electron and Light Optical Methods (LAELOM)
  • Aquatic Epidemiology and Conservation Laboratory
  • Equine Orthopedic Research Laboratory
  • Laboratories by academic department
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Molecular Biomedical Sciences
  • Population Health and Pathobiology
  • Other resource facilities

  • Teaching Animal Unit
  • Laboratory Animal Resources
  • Educational Media and Design
  • William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine

    Mission Statement
    The mission of the CCMTR is to promote scientific discovery and facilitate its clinical application to achieve the goal of improving the health of animals and humans. Translational research is patient-centric. The needs of the patients direct the emphasis of basic research, patient samples provide the critical resource to investigate the basis of disease, and patient participation in clinical studies is required to generate the evidence needed to apply new drugs, vaccines and technology to the broader patient population. Initiatives at the Center are designed to develop the multidisciplinary teams necessary to bring an idea from the lab to the patient. The Center is home to service cores that provide advanced technology, collect and store clinical patient samples, and perform clinical trials to validate new medical interventions. For more information contact the Center Director, Dr. Jorge Piedrahita.



    Generate knowledge related to initiation, progression, and treatment of disease:

    Comparative Medicine

  • Multiple species under study
  • Can match question of interest to most appropriate animal model
  • Benefits both human and animal health
  • Interdisciplinary Faculty

  • Clinical and non-clinical expertise gives the studies a balanced approach
  • Combination of disciplines as varied as oncology, biomaterials, and structural biochemistry
  • Clinical expertise in multiple areas
  • Partnerships

  • Ongoing collaboration with scientists at UNC, Duke, EPA, NIEHS, and others further enhancing discovery potential
  • Translation

    From bench to clinic, more innovation to benefit the patient (animal & human):

    Clinical Expertise

  • Broad clinical expertise across many animal species
  • Facilitates utilization of most appropriate animal model for drug/therapy development
  • Animals Models

  • Naturally occuring and induced models of human and animal disease
  • Multiple models in multiple species available
  • Interdisciplinary

  • Broad discipline representation facilitates rapid and more effective translation of scientific discoveries
  • Application

    CCMTR & partners move translational advances from research clinics to the private sector:

    Development & Commercialization

  • Move promising technology to the private sector through partnerships and licensing agreements
  • Assist interested industrial partners with development and testing of their discoveries through our expertise in multiple animal models
  • Implementation

  • Move clinical therapeutic methods from research to utilization in clinics in collaboration with our partners in human and veterinary medicine
  • Regional Economic Development Assistance

  • Provide links to interested industries with economic development agencies to assist in moving innovation to the private sector


    NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
    4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh,
    NC 27606(919) 513-6786

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