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About the College

The Dean's Message


The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a great place to be whether you are a student, a client looking for outstanding veterinary diagnostic and medical services, or a faculty or staff member, clinician, or industry representative looking for a partnering opportunity. We take pride in our heritage and in the advances we are making today that will guarantee an even more exciting future as we continue to be a dynamic contributor to our profession and society.

Our college was founded in 1879 as the first public veterinary school in the United States. Since then, our graduates, faculty and staff have established a strong tradition of leadership in teaching, learning, research, and service in veterinary medicine. Our graduates continue to excel as leaders in all facets of the profession in all parts of the world.
Here are just a few of the things that make the college an exciting place to be:
  • The State of Iowa and Iowa State University value veterinary medicine highly and since 2006 they have invested more than $105 million in expanding and renovating the Dr. W. Eugene and Linda Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center and renovating classrooms and laboratories, making the college an outstanding environment in which to teach, learn, practice veterinary medicine, and perform cutting-edge research.
  • An aggressive assessment program allows us to continuously improve the quality of our education and service, and ensure that we exceed your expectations.
  • We are accredited by the AVMA Council On Education.
  • Our veterinary diagnostic services and laboratory protect animal and human health by providing effective diagnostic testing to tens of thousands of clients each year.
  • From circovirus in hogs to HIV, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, E. coli, HIV and prion diseases in people, our researchers are having a global impact as they contribute to animal and human health, food safety; and discovery, prevention and treatment of emerging and re-emerging diseases.
  • We are growing our clinical expertise and resources in key areas, including neurology, surgery and ophthalmology.
  • Research expenditures have grown 38 percent in the last four years and the college was cited as being the number one “high-impact institution” for research citations in veterinary medicine.
  • Comprehensive programs are helping to answer the national need for veterinarians, particularly in food animal medicine, with unique, hands-on student experiences such as immersive summer programs in swine, dairy, beef cattle, and research, and small animal medicine. 
We hope you find what you are looking for here. Please let us know how we can be of help.
Thank you for your interest in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Lisa K. Nolan, DVM, PhD
Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine
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