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University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine

University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine

 

The MU College of Veterinary Medicine has several foci of strength. One is the unique clinical curriculum. The curriculum in the last two years requires six continuous weeks in each of seven clinical specialties. Teaching is done in a form of apprenticeship with as much pragmatic involvement as possible in the Teaching Hospital. The design of teaching within blocks is highly flexible and permits frequent adaptation and improvement. Graduates are offered an average of nearly three jobs each.


College of Veterinary Medicine History

Veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri began in 1884. It progressed through five stages — a course in veterinary science, a department of veterinary science, a school of veterinary medicine in the division of agricultural sciences, a school of veterinary medicine as a separate division, and finally, a College of Veterinary Medicine.

In 1885, the first vaccine-virus laboratory in the United States was established at the veterinary science department. A veterinary laboratory was erected in 1887. In early years, staff veterinarians taught courses to medical and agricultural students, conducted research on tick fever, and investigated livestock disease throughout the state.

The College's first building, Connaway Hall, was built in 1910-11 to house veterinary science faculty who taught courses to agricultural students, investigated animal and poultry diseases, performed diagnostic and extension work, and produced animal vaccines.

The professional curriculum leading to the DVM degree was established in 1946 to offer educational opportunities to World War II veterans. In 1950, 26 new veterinarians graduated in the first class.

From 1946-65 there were 30 students, all Missouri residents, in each of the four classes studying for the DVM degree. In 1965, class size doubled and non-residents were admitted in response to federal funding incentives. These federal “capitation” funds offered to alleviate a national shortage of veterinarians and stimulated another class size increase (to 76 students) in 1976. In the early 80's, the national need for veterinarians stabilized, federal funding was withdrawn and enrollment was lowered in the interest of quality education and efficient space planning. The College has graduated more than 2,600 veterinarians since 1946.

A teaching hospital was built in 1961, and a diagnostic laboratory and a teaching-research building were added in 1977. Clydesdale Hall, a 149,000-sq.-ft. medical teaching hospital, was completed and occupied in March 1993 (and was remodeled in 2000 to remain at the forefront of clinical education). A multi-million dollar renovation to the veterinary medicine building and Connaway Hall were completed in 1997 and 1998, respectively.

 

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ADMINISTRATION TELEPHONE NUMBERS

College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 East Rollins
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Admissions — (573) 884-3341
Dean's Office — (573) 882-3768
Student and Alumni Affairs — (573) 882-1902
Research & Postdoctoral Studies — (573) 882-2081
Student Recruitment and Retention — (573) 882-4397
Business and Fiscal Operations — (573) 882-4477
Information Technology — (573) 884-2020
Development — (573) 884-2896
Communications/Public Relations — (573) 884-2215
Alumni Office Fax Number — (573) 884-9092
Dean's Office Fax Number — (573) 884-5044
Development Office Fax Number — (573) 884-9092

 

TEACHING HOSPITAL

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
900 East Campus Drive
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital — (573) 882-7821
Small Animal Clinic — (573) 882-7821
Large Animal Clinic — (573) 882-6857
Equine Clinic — (573) 882-3513
After Hours Emergency — (573) 882-4589
Teaching Hospital Fax Number — (573) 884-5444

 

DEPARTMENTAL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 East Rollins
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Biomedical Sciences — (573) 882-7011
Veterinary Pathobiology — (573) 882-5503
Office of Animal Resources (OAR) — (573) 882-3111
Research Animal Diagnostic and — (573) 882-5983
Investigative Laboratory (RADIL)
Veterinary Continuing Education/Extension — (573) 882-7848
Veterinary Cont. Ed./Ext. Fax Number — (573) 884-9139

 

PROGRAMS

College of Veterinary Medicine
1600 East Rollins
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Gentle Doctor Benefit — (573) 882-5972
College Book Store — (573) 882-0990
Financial Aid — (573) 882-4629
Library — (573) 882-2461
The Zou Café — (573) 882-8348
Library Fax Number — (573) 882-2950

 

Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory
1600 East Rollins
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory — (573) 882-6811
Veterinary Med. Diag. Lab. Fax Number — (573) 882-1411

 

Website: http://vetmed.missouri.edu

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