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Teaching, Research and Service at the School of Veterinary Medicine

August 1, 2003

The School of Veterinary Medicine, the nation's largest veterinary school, conducts teaching, research and service to benefit animal, human and environmental health.

TEACHING - Educating tomorrow's veterinarians and veterinary scientists

Distinguished by the breadth of its faculty expertise as well as its comprehensive learning opportunities, the School of Veterinary Medicine has conferred 4,653 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees since our first class entered in 1948.

Degrees and programs
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) (4-year program)
Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) and Peace Corps Masters International
MS and PhD degrees in 17 scientific disciplines, including the DVM/PhD dual-degree program
Residency program has trained 1,004 residents in 30 specialties
Master of Public Health (MPH) in partnership with the School of Medicine
DVM -- 488
MPVM -- 44
Graduate -- 137
Faculty -- 330
Residents -- 90
Staff -- 700

The School of Veterinary Medicine scholarship program, based on private gifts, provides financial support, recognizes accomplishments, and encourages exploration of career paths in veterinary medicine. More than 85% of our students receive some form of financial support during veterinary school.

RESEARCH - Advancing knowledge and enriching education through basic and applied studies in animal, human and environmental health

At the School of Veterinary Medicine, all faculty teaching is informed by active research aimed at expanding our understanding of veterinary medicine, comparative medicine and science. Of an annual research budget of approximately $60 million, about $37 million in public and private funding supports basic and applied studies to benefit animal health.

Animal health is just the beginning of the depth of research excellence represented by School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. Roughly 45% of the school's research budget is designated for the development of new knowledge related to human and environmental health. In every year but one since 1989, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded more funding annually to the School of Veterinary Medicine than any other veterinary school.

SERVICE - Partnerships and services for California and beyond: veterinary professionals, public health agencies, agriculture departments, wildlife agencies, and members of the public

In addition to the direct veterinary services and professional consultation carried out by the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the UC Veterinary Medical Center – San Diego, the school, including student-led outreach organizations, provides animal-related services in diagnostics, disease surveillance, genetic testing, water quality testing, wildlife rescue and care, Veterinary Medicine Extension and other areas. Service programs enhance student education and help fulfill our land-grant university mission to spot emerging issues, apply research to the practical problems confronting society and communicate accurate, up-to-date information about science and animal health.


Academic departments - Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology; Medicine & Epidemiology; Molecular Biosciences; Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Population Health & Reproduction; Surgical & Radiological Sciences

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital - opened in 1972, provides clinical skills training for DVM students and specialty residents; treats about 30,000 animal patients a year, including roughly 5,000 large animals and 25,000 small animals. These cases -- many are referrals from veterinarians throughout the state--provide clinical material for teaching veterinary students essential skills in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of naturally occurring diseases. Students are introduced to clinical medicine in the first three years, while the fourth year is devoted entirely to clinical instruction. Senior students learn essential clinical skills under the supervision of faculty and staff. The VMTH handles residency training of veterinarians in 32 specialties; Don Low fellowships for veterinarians; and the Early Veterinary Student Dairy Experience Program

Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare - established in 1983, offers intensive hands-on training for veterinary students, residents and graduate students in food animal medicine and population health; services include consultations with local producers and applied research responsive to current trends in food animal medicine and the dairy industry.

California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory - in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture since 1987, protects animal health and public health by conducting statewide veterinary diagnosis, disease surveillance, and research at laboratories in Davis, Turlock, Fresno, Tulare, and San Bernardino. CAHFS and other scientists developed a new screening technology to assist in control ofexotic Newcastle disease in 2002-2003.

California National Primate Research Center - NIH center instituted in 1962, addresses significant human health problems in which non-human primates are the models of choice. Interdisciplinary projects emphasize study of AIDS and other infectious diseases, reproduction, respiratory diseases, and neurobiology

UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego - founded in 1999, capitalizes on regional strengths in wildlife study, zoological medicine and ecosystem health for resident and graduate training; client services available in companion animal behavior and hemodialysis, and scientific collaborations in comparative medical research

Centers of Excellence - encourage faculty studies focusing on species interests and multidisciplinary themes, including food animal medicine and food safety, equine health and reproduction, companion animal health, wildlife health and rehabilitation, comparative medicine, vectorborne disease, tropical disease and other topics

Veterinary Medicine Extension - based in Davis and Tulare, faculty provide statewide educational outreach and research support to agricultural advisors, farm producers, veterinarians and consumers

Updated December 2004