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The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University has a rich heritage and was the first public veterinary college in the United States. We integrate science and practice through collaboration with numerous national and global partners. Our partnerships further our College vision to advance animal, human and environmental health, and also to provide a safe and secure food supply. We embrace and envision to advance animal, human and environmental health, and also to provide a safe and secure food supply. We embrace and value the animal-human bond through our dependence on animals for companionship, well-being, service, food and livelihoods.
Mission: The College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of animals and human beings through excellence in education, research, professional practice and committed service to the State of Iowa, the nation and the world.
A primary mission of the College is to be a magnet institution for students to attain their career aspirations, support life and career success, engender professionalism, ethical service, life-long learning, and dedication to the principles of the Veterinarian’s Oath, which include: societal benefit, welfare, relief of suffering, resource conservation, public health and advancing medical knowledge. The College is also committed to increasing diversity of faculty, staff and student populations.
Vision: The College of Veterinary Medicine will be a pre-eminent institution recognized for: excellence in professional and graduate education; application of knowledge to promote animal and human health; and scientific leadership to provide a safe and sustainable food supply with state, national and global impact. The College is committed to the advancement of comparative health and medicine through an integrated One Health Research Initiative engaging local, national and global health science professions to obtain optimal health for people, animals, plants and the environment. We will provide a caring, safe, diverse and supportive work environment where each of its members may reach their full career potential.
We encourage and support a diversity of faculty, staff and students that encompass a full range of ethnicity, gender, race, under-represented groups, and varied perspectives and experiences to reach their full potential to serve and lead the profession. We currently employ and also educate the future leaders in animal disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment, and research to benefit the welfare and health of animals, people and the environment. We accomplish this through the discovery and application of science and novel technologies with continual improvement of knowledge and competence.
Goal 1: Become opinion leaders in clinical and diagnostic medicine
Subgoal: Improve the quality of hospital care provided to small and large animals
Subgoal: Be the internationally recognized leader in diagnostic/clinical medicine
Goal 2: Continue to lead in One Health/Translational Medicine Research
Subgoal: Grow the impact and scope of college’s graduate programs
Subgoal: Build on the outstanding research profile of college researchers in One Health/Translational Medicine
Subgoal: Improve the college’s research infrastructure
Goal 3: Become leaders in veterinary teaching and curriculum development
Subgoal: Be a national leader in shelter medicine/surgery education
Subgoal: Increase the small and large animal caseloads to augment teaching
Subgoal: Be the internationally recognized leader in veterinary instruction
Subgoal: Support educational/curricular research
Goal 4: Become the top veterinary college to grow and make a career
Subgoal: Maintain accreditation through COE, AAVLD, AAHA and AALAC
Subgoal: Continue efforts to provide an exceptionally high value educational experience
Subgoal: Invest in the recruitment of top students
Subgoal: Invest in the recruitment of top faculty and staff
Subgoal: Reward current faculty and staff for their achievements
Goal 5: Fiscally sustainable and capable of investing in the college’s future
Subgoal: Enhance the marketing of the college, its personnel, programs and service units
Subgoal: Ensure all college revenue-generating units contribute to the bottom line
Subgoal: Create new revenue streams to offset tuition and enable reinvestment