The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University 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.

CCVM 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s strategic plan is the result of more than a year of intense thought, research, discussion, surveys and gathering of input from a variety of individuals from within the College and from stakeholder groups outside the College. The result is a plan that reflects our values, our mission and our ambitions.

Strategic planning is inherently a forward-looking exercise that anticipates what is important to emphasize or prioritize over a longer time frame than normal operational activities span to ensure an organization’s continued value and relevance into the future.

  1. The planning process included these basic steps:
  2. Understand our situation
  3. Determine the future we are aiming for
  4. Characterize both the challenges and the opportunities associated with that future
  5. Establish the actionable next steps we are going to take today to achieve that future

The CVM strategic planning steering committee sought to understand external trends and constraints that affect the CVM and the profession. With input from faculty, staff, and students, the steering committee discussed what they see as important to the future success of the CVM and developed the set of four strategic priorities that comprise the plan.

We look forward to working towards these goals and sharing our successes with all who support the College. 

For detailed information about the strategic plan, click here


Gary R. Carlson's Transformative Gift to the College

"As I began thinking about how I might make a difference in this world, I thought about those things that matter most to me. High on the list was the joy that our pets so often give us- a special comfort and support that allows us to embrace life more fully. I wanted to do something that would enrich that experience and help us better understand and care for our 'best friends.' "

-Dr. Gary R. Carlson

The Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine honors a Portland native and Oregon State University alumnus with a life-long passion for dogs and cats.

A dermatology with offices in Malibu and Westlake Village, California,
Dr. Carlson earned a degree in medicine from Oregon Health and Science University and completed his dermatology residency at UCLA.

After establishing his medical practice, he began investing in stocks and Southern California real estate. His goal was to grow his assets so he could make one large donation to a good cause. Ultimately, he decided that he would have the biggest impact at OSU’s veterinary college.

Dr. Carlson’s transformative $50 million gift commitment dramatically increases OSU’s ability to provide life-saving veterinary care, professional education for future veterinarians, and research critical to animal and human health. In 2018, the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine became the first named college at Oregon State University and the second named veterinary school in the nation.

Initially unsure about naming the college, Dr. Carlson ultimately decided the recognition would also honor his parents, both animal lovers. 


OSU Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education (COE).*

In 2019, 98% of the graduating class passed their NAVLE (National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners) exams -- higher than the COE standard of at least 88%.

COE email:
COE Phone: 800.248.2862
COE address: 1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360

The COE conducted a site visit 2/24/2014. The next site visit is 2021.

*This affects only the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine and no other entities of OSU.

Contact us

Office of the Dean, 541-737-2098
Admissions, 541-737-2098
Biomedical Sciences Department, 541-737-6532
Clinical Sciences Department, 541-737-4456
Oregon Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory, 541-737-3261

Faculty & Staff Directory

Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital

Large Animal Service, 541-737-2858

Small Animal Service, 541-737-4812