Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine captures a unique balance of world-class research in animal and public health, high-quality learning experiences and cutting edge medical care, all with a family-like atmosphere. MSU-CVM graduates excel in their careers, whether that path leads to a small town practice, research laboratory or an international program. Our faculty are national and international leaders in their fields and are committed to providing excellent veterinary education, advancing research in veterinary medicine and biomedical fields and serving the community through cutting edge diagnostics, clinical care and shared learning.

The MSU-CVM doctor of veterinary medicine program provides an innovative curriculum of two years of pre-clinical (classroom and laboratory) coursework and two years of clinical education (practical application). There is also an early entry program allowing for pre-acceptance of high-achieving high school senior students.

The college provides masters and Ph.D. programs in veterinary medical sciences and a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology. These graduate programs provide advanced educational opportunities for students in a broad range of biomedical and veterinary sciences. In addition to the traditional masters and Ph.D. programs, there is a path within the DVM program in which students may pursue a DVM-PhD or DVM-MS dual degree.

MSU-CVM is the third college of veterinary medicine in the U.S. to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree program in veterinary medical technology. The Veterinary Medical Technology program trains students to work in positions associated with food animal, equine and small animal practices; public health organizations; federal and state regulatory agencies; animal related industries; laboratory animal medicine; animal and biomedical research; zoo and wildlife practices and shelter practices.

MSU-CVM’s Pathobiology and Population Medicine department develops the resources to meet the expectations of professionals engaged in farm animal production, their advisors, veterinarians, and regulators who protect animal agriculture industries.

The Clinical Sciences department’s mission is to provide the highest quality patient care and client services; provide primary, secondary and tertiary veterinary care to the public; and educate future veterinarians. The department’s faculty also train interns, residents, and graduate students in quality veterinary care.

The Basic Sciences department focuses on the scientific disciplines of anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry/molecular biology, digital biology (proteomics and genomics), immunology, parasitology, pharmacology, physiology, toxicology, virology, food safety, and biostatistics.

The Diagnostic Laboratory System is composed of four laboratories that are administratively housed within the department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine.  Through the network of these four laboratories, essential services in microbiology, pathology, clinical pathology, molecular diagnostics, serology, toxicology, and virology are provided. 

The Animal Health Center is the clinical service and serves as the primary focus for clinical instruction of veterinary students and provides postgraduates opportunity for expanded study as they complete internships or residencies. The advantage is that students get premier learning opportunities and clients get the student advantage –students keep clients informed regularly on their pets’ care and treatment, and are also available to give that extra attention to your pet.

The college’s affiliate center, the Animal Emergency and Referral Center, is a state-of-the-art facility for advanced emergency and surgical care. The AERC is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is staffed by veterinarians dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients and training to fourth year students. 

The Veterinary Specialty Center, MSU-CVM’s affiliate practice provides advanced neurological and ophthalmological care to pets. Currently, VSC offers imaging such as MRI and CT scans, and radiation therapy using a linear accelerator. Because VSC is affiliated with MSU-CVM, patients can be assessed and diagnostics can be performed at VSC, and then the pet can be easily transported to the AHC for surgical procedures.

  • 1944:  Dr. Duke Humphrey, then president of Mississippi State, asked the Board of Trustees to establish a school of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.
  • 1960:  Dr. William L. Giles, President, and Dr. Louis N. Wise, Vice President of Agriculture and Forestry, initiated a program to prepare the way for College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • 1974:  An Act of the Mississippi Legislature directed the board of state institutions of higher learning to establish a college of veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University.
  • 1974:   Dr. James G. Miller hired as first Dean of the College of Veterinary medicine.
  • 1976:  Groundbreaking of the Veterinary College.
  • 1977: Faculty recruited and 22 Mississippi students admitted.
  • 1980:  Construction of the Animal Health Center and Learning Resources Sections.
  • 1981:  Full accreditation received from the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • 1981:  The first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Class graduates on May 15.
  • 1994:  Morgan Freeman is the keynote speaker for the 20th Anniversary Celebration.
  • 2000:  Continuing education programs are offered by CVM faculty to Mississippi veterinarians at several locations via an interactive video network.
  • 2002:  The Mississippi Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory merged with the CVM to become part of the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory System with units at Jackson, Pearl, Stoneville and Mississippi State.
  • 2002:  USDA awards MSU –CVM a $1 million 3-year grant to conduct food safety research.
  • 2003: The nation’s first specific-pathogen-free catfish hatchery is dedicated.
  • 2003:  Mississippi Poultry Research and Diagnostic Laboratory is dedicated in Pearl, MS.
  • 2003: A National Institutes of Health grant of $8.8 million to the Center of Environmental Health Sciences for pesticide toxicology research is the largest NIH award ever received by the college.
  • 2011:  Veterinary Specialty Center, a partnership with the Mississippi State University Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies and Premier Imaging, opens in Starkville. Human and animal patients are assessed at the same center – a true demonstration of One Health. The VSC houses a neurology and neurosurgery service and imaging, ophthalmology, and cancer treatment services.
  • 2013: Dean Dr. Kent Hoblet serves as president of the AAVMC Board.
  • 2013: The college receives grant funding through the Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop nerve agent antidotes that can be used by DOD in cases of chemical warfare.
  • 2013: NIH's Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, or COBRE, provided a competitive $10 million grant to support the college’s multidisciplinary approach to strengthen institutional biomedical research capacity.
  • 2014: A memorandum of understanding expanded the collaborations the college had with the FAO focusing most immediately on aquatic animal health, disease prevention and emergency diagnostics, and provided FAO recognition of MSU-CVM as a Center for Knowledge for Aquatic Health.