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History of the College
The College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU serves the needs of Oregon, the nation, and the world by training the next generation of practice-ready veterinarians, providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and clinical services, and supporting the continuing education of veterinary practitioners. Biomedical research conducted at the college increasingly expands the scope of veterinary medicine to address both animal health issues and the relevance of animal diseases to public health. (Photo above: 1923. Dr. Bennett T. Simms and his assistant conduct a class in clinical veterinary medicine at Oregon State College's first veterinary clinic.)
After three decades of hard work and dedication by college supporters to advance the program and develop the necessary infrastructure, the graduates from the Class of 2007 were the first to obtain their entire professional education in Corvallis. In carrying forward a tradition of excellence as teachers, researchers, and service providers in veterinary medicine, the college looks to the past for inspiration and to the future with confidence.
In 1975, the State Legislature responded to the need for more veterinarians in Oregon and to the need for increasing the opportunities for Oregonians to study veterinary medicine by establishing the School of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University (OSU). A veterinary teaching facility, including a large animal clinical service, was constructed at Oregon State University in 1980. The first class of veterinary students entered the College in September 1979, and received the DVM from Oregon State University in 1983. Initially, students had to spend over a year at Washington State University in Pullman to receive necessary training in small animal medicine and surgery.
In 2001, the Oregon Legislature appropriated funding to add a small animal clinical service to the veterinary teaching hospital and to expand the DVM program to provide all four years of instruction in Oregon. The program was implemented in 2003 with the Class of 2007. Additions to Magruder Hall were completed in September 2004 and the small animal clinic was opened in May 2005. Together with the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, which serves as a critical public health resource through expanded diagnostic testing for zoonotic diseases and participation in state and national disease surveillance programs, the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides practical training for students and services the diagnostic and clinical needs of our extended community.
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program emphasizes the importance of core training in comparative biology and medicine, including all primary clinical disciplines and domestic animal species. Opportunities exist for elective training across a wide variety of more specialized subjects, such as zoo, exotics, and wildlife medicine, marine sciences, clinical nutrition, and various clinical specialties (cardiology, oncology, theriogenology, surgery).
In addition to the DVM program, the College supports clinical training of interns and residents in the specialty disciplines of internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, surgery, anesthesiology, oncology, and theriogenology. Graduate degree programs (MS and PhD) are integrated into the College’s active research programs, which focus on animal health, the interactions between animals, humans, and the environment, and the use of animal models to study diseases impacting public health.