College of Veterinary Medicine
First in the nation
Iowa State established the first public veterinary school in the nation in 1879, and still is innovating with excellence in professional practice and research. Fourth-year students pick one of four areas of study to focus on: small animal, equine, food animal, or mixed animal.
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Learn, explore and enrich your learning experience with diverse opportunities in the College of Veterinary Medicine's research enterprise.
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Curious minds are investigating challenges and discovering solutions with cutting-edge equipment and new, state-of-the-art facilities.
Start Something in the College of Veterinary Medicine
Innovative teaching reaches global audienceLocke Karriker, director of the nation’s only national center devoted to swine education, is teaching Iowa State veterinary students and veterinary professionals the most progressive, evidence-based practices in pork production and health assurance.
Student clubs and organizations, international programs, coursework with hands-on learning, and service opportunities offer College of Veterinary students the chance to broaden their experience and explore beyond the classroom.
Making a difference
Enhance your educational experience by participating in any number of activities that will make you a practice ready veterinarian by the time you graduate. Student groups organize wet labs and off-site clinics that provide additional learning opportunities for student veterinarians.
At least 200 hours of quality experience in three areas is required.
A policy of standards outlines minimal requirements for program completion.