Veterinary education provides a solid foundation of comparative knowledge upon which research training and careers in biomedical research can be built. No other profession provides such global perspectives on comparative anatomy, physiology, pathology, and medicine at the organismal level. Today, especially, veterinary education provides an outstanding base of knowledge in infectious disease, an area of emerging importance in a shrinking world. Further, the molecular reductionism of the last century has given way to integrative approaches to biomedical investigations, especially in the use of animal models to study disease. Therefore, to advance animal health, which in turn promotes public health, the capture of a new generation of highly skilled and broadly educated veterinary students to prepare them for careers in biomedical research must be a high priority.