Fact Sheet

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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 7,500 veterinarians. It is one of only 30 veterinary colleges in the United States.  

By the Numbers

  • D.V.M. Students: 597
  • Graduate Students: 165
  • Living Alumni (DVM & non-DVM graduates): 6,309
  • Faculty: 169 (78 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 12 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. Dan Grooms holds the Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean's Chair in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Claire Andreasen holds the Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Professorship in One Health
  • Dr. Amanda-Fales Williams holds the Tyrone D. Artz, M.D. Chair for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Jesse Goff holds the Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Al Jergens holds the Donn E. and Beth M. Bacon Professorship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Dr. Anumantha Kanthasamy holds the Lloyd Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Arthi Kanthasamy holds the John G. Salsbury Chair in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Locke Karriker holds the Dr. Douglas and Ann Gustafson Professorship for Teaching Excellence in Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Mark Lyte holds the W. Eugene Lloyd Chair in Toxicology
  • Dr. Richard Martin holds the Dr. E.A. Benbrook Endowed Chair in Pathology and Parasitology
  • Dr. Alejandro "Alex" Ramirez holds the Roy A. Schultz Professorship in Swine Medicine
  • Dr. James Roth holds the Presidential Chair in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine
  • Dr. Wendy Ware holds the Phyllis M. Clark Professorship
  • Dr. Qijing Zhang holds the Dr. Frank K. Ramsey Endowed Chair


  • The college is accredited by the AVMA Council on Education. (Full accreditation April 2018)
  • The college consistently produces high pass rates on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). The AVMA COE requires an 80% pass rate. ISU CVM pass rates for the past 5 years are: 2014 – 93%; 2015 – 97%; 2016 – 94%; 2017 – 96%; 2018 - 95%.
  • Compared to the other U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine, Iowa State ranks 28th in resident and 22nd in non-resident total cost of education.
  • 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, non-thesis 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, Clinical Skills Laboratory, 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 Animal Hospital Association and treats more than 23,000 cases annually. It recently underwent a $105 million renovation and expansion program.
  • The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is Iowa’s only fully accredited, full-service veterinary laboratory. It processes 85,000 cases and performs more than 1.25 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 21 veterinary colleges and veterinary professionals from 31 countries. They also have a library of 49 training videos on a variety of topics.
  • The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) is an international resource of information on diseases and emergency response. 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 is a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Center that has trained more than 2,500 people from 93 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, campylobacteriosis, 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 FY17 was $16.7 million.