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Points of Pride


Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine was the first public veterinary college established in the United States (1879) and the college has graduated over 6,983 veterinarians as of spring 2012.

Dr. Lisa K. Nolan holds the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean's Chair in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Michael Cho holds the Lloyd Chair in Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Ravindra Singh holds the John G. Salsbury Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Qijing Zhang holds the Dr. Frank K. Ramsey Endowed Chair.

Dr. Peter Nara holds the W. Eugene Lloyd Chair in Toxicology.

Dr. James Toombs holds the Donn and Beth M. Bacon Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Jesse Goff holds the Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Anumantha Kanathasamy holds the W.E. Lloyd Chair in Neurotoxicology.

Dr. Patrick Phillips holds the Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professorship in Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Eric Burrough holds the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Professorship in Food Animal Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Butch Baker holds the Dr. David R. Trask Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies.

Over 33 student organizations at the College provide veterinary students with educational experiences beyond the classroom.

The college is a cornerstone of one of the world's largest concentrations of animal heath professionals, with the USDA's National Animal Disease Center, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, and the Center for Veterinary Biologics in Ames, IA.

The veterinary pathology training program is ranked 2nd in the U.S. by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

The college is ranked #1 in number of citations per published paper according to Sci-Bytes: What's New in Research.

The college's Veterinary Medical Center recently underwent renovation and expansion, with the dedication of the large animal hospital in 2010 and small animal hospital in 2012.


In 2012, the college graduated the 3rd largest class of students in the U.S.

The college is accredited by the AVMA Council on Education.

The college has numerous teaching programs that utilize cutting-edge information technology and courses undergo outcomes assessment.


The college's national rank in research funding has increased from 22nd to 9th in the last five years.

The Veterinary Summer Scholars Program offers unique research-related, mentor-supervised projects for veterinary students.

ISU college veterinary researchers identified new influenza strains in animal populations.

ISU college veterinary researchers with their collaborators discovered the first animal strain of hepatitis E virus.

Service and Outreach

The college's faculty includes 74 board-certified specialists.

The college hosts one of the most attended international swine disease conferences for veterinarians.

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory provides services internationally and is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and was one of the original 12 laboratories in the U.S. funded to implement a monitoring system for animal disease reporting as part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

Dr. James Toombs coordinates the delivery of the Complete Course in External Skeletal Fixation (national and internationally attended) at Iowa State University.

The college's Center for Food Security and Public Health offers educational and training programs in foreign and emerging diseases of animals and plants. The Center developed a Web-based library of resources on animal diseases and biological risk management.

Drs. Nolan Hartwig, David Hansen, and Eldon Uhlenhopp have developed outreach activities in Mexico and Southeastern Europe that are impacting animal health, veterinary services, long-term institutional change, and rural economic development. They have lead the effort resulting in the formation of an Academic Alliance for Animal Health in the Americas.

The IICAB is a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Center for the Diagnosis of Animal Diseases and Vaccine Evaluation in the Americas. Participants from around the world attend a veterinary biologics training program hosted by the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics (IICAB) at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The college is home to the country's only national center devoted to swine medicine education. 

The Racing Chemistry Program is the only pari-mutuel drug testing program in the world to offer research and proficiency testing programs to other world wide labs for both equine and canine testing.