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Points of Pride

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine was founded in 1879 as the country’s first public veterinary school, and has graduated more than 7,400 veterinarians. It is one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the United States. 


By the Numbers

  • D.V.M. Students: 584
  • Graduate Students: 140
  • Living Alumni: 5,056
  • Faculty: 153 (74 board-certified specialists)
  • Degrees Awarded: D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.
  • Our alumni are providing leadership in animal, human and environmental health, food safety, and animal welfare in all 50 U.S. states and 8 countries

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

Alumni and friends of the college help support an exciting teaching, research, and service mission:

  • Dr. Eric Burrough holds the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Professorship in Food Animal Infectious Diseases
  • Dr. Jesse Goff holds the Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Nick Jeffery holds the Ramsey Chair in Veterinary Research
  • Dr. Al Jergens holds the Donn E. and Beth M. Bacon Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Dr. Anumantha Kanathasamy holds the W.E. Lloyd Chair in Neurotoxicology
  • Dr. Arthi Kanthasamy holds the Dean’s Professorship in the College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Locke Karriker holds the Gustafson Chair for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Lisa K. Nolan holds the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean's Chair in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Patrick Phillips holds the Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professorship in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Ravindra Singh holds the John G. Salsbury Chair in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Wendy Ware holds the Phyllis M. Clark Professorship in Veterinary Cardiology


  • The college is accredited by the AVMA Council on Education.
  • Compared to the other U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine, Iowa State ranks 21st in residential and 20th in non-resident tuition and fees.
  • The college delivers pre-eminent, comprehensive programs in swine, dairy, beef and small ruminant production animal medicine, and animal welfare.  
  • The college offers a unique one-year professional master’s degree program in biomedical sciences that is designed for pre-professional and industry-bound students.
  • Students become ‘practice-ready’ through hands-on experiences including the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Swine Medicine Education Center, surgery/critical care and emergency/specialty clinic mentorship programs, international programs and numerous student organizations. 

Service and Outreach

  • The Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center is a state-of-the-art teaching hospital that is fully accredited by the American Association of Animal Hospitals and treats more than 17,000 cases annually. It recently underwent a $105 million renovation and expansion program.
  • The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) is Iowa’s only fully accredited, full service veterinary laboratory. It processes 73,000 cases and performs more than 1.5 million tests annually, and was first to identify, diagnose and sequence and fully characterize Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) in the U.S.
  • The Swine Medicine Education Center is the only one of its kind in the country, educating students from 17 veterinary colleges and veterinary professionals from 29 countries.
  • The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) is an international resource of information on diseases and emergency response – it’s web site received almost 27 million hits in 2013. It delivers training modules for the USDA’s National Veterinary Accreditation Program and the Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals course that is used by all U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine and by veterinarians seeking accreditation.
  • The Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics (IICAB) is a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Center that has trained more than 2,300 people from 89 countries in veterinary biologics since 1996. 


  • College researchers have played key roles in developing vaccines and controlling and eradicating animal diseases.
  • Currently, college researchers are playing key roles in efforts to control infectious diseases such as PEDv, BSE, campylobactreriosis, and HIV, and parasitic, neurologic and prion diseases, using genome-wide approaches to better understand the epidemiology of infectious disease.
  • Researchers are developing new diagnostic tools, delivery methods for medications, and new interventions that improve food safety and security.
  • The college is a leader among U.S. veterinary colleges in USDA research funds expenditures. Overall total research expenditures for the college in 2013 were $19.6 million*.

*Source: 2013 AAVMC Comparative Data Report, internal and external research expenditures.