North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine graduated its first class in 1985, making the CVM one of the younger veterinary programs in the nation.

The highly-regarded House Officer Program offers one- to three-year internships or residency training in more than 20 clinical specialties and the Clinician Scientist Training Program prepares veterinary researchers. NC State is unique among veterinary colleges with an on-site Teaching Animal Unit that operates as a working farm and provides all DVM students hands-on instruction with large animals and exposes all students to basic agriculture principles and farm technology. 

The Veterinary Health Complex at NC State is a major referral center and more than 27,000 patients are diagnosed and treated annually by clinicians. These patients are often seriously ill and require the best that veterinary medicine offers. This care is delivered with compassion for patient and owner, a hallmark of the program. The patient case load also allows for instruction and the opportunity for clinical trials that advance animal health and well-being.

Since its inception, the NC State CVM has focused on six program areas: Companion Animal Medicine, Food Supply Medicine, Biomedical Research, Ecosystem Health, Equine Medicine, and Animal Welfare. Through these areas, the College prepares the next generation of veterinarians and veterinarian scientists, conducts bench and clinical research to solve animal and human health problems, addresses critical ecosystem and public health issues, helps protect the U.S. food supply, and promotes a clearer understanding and appreciation of the human-animal bond that is at the center of these concerns.

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked third in the current U.S. News and World Report survey. 

  • 1975—Official founding date of NC State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Founding Dean Terrence Curtin begins to assemble the program.
  • 1980—The 180-acre campus, located near downtown Raleigh, is completed and includes an 80-acre Teaching Animal Unit or working farm.    
  • 1981—First class begins DVM program.
  • 1985—First class of 35 students graduates.
  • 1992—Founding Dean Curtin retires; Oscar Fletcher becomes Dean.
  • 2004—Dean Fletcher returns to the faculty; Warwick Arden becomes Dean.
  • 2004—Dr. Matthew Breen’s laboratory helps decode the canine genome. Dr. Breen sequences the opossum genome in 2007 and the lizard genome in 2011.
  • 2005—The 100,000-square foot College of Veterinary Medicine Research Building is dedicated on the emerging Centennial Biomedical Campus.  
  • 2005—Dr. Greg Lewbart pioneers laser surgery on a fish (koi) for a segment on the PBS program NOVA Science NOW.
  • 2005—Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little performs first true osseointegrated implant surgery—live bone continuing to grow into a custom-made prosthetic limb—on cat George Bailey. Osseointegration creates a strong, permanent bond between living bone and the implant, which is anchored into the bone.
  • 2006—The Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research with its focus on collaborative One Health investigations is created. At present, the CCMTR has 160 center members representing 26 departments from five NC State colleges, scientists from five other research universities, and research partners from private, state, and federal agencies in nearby Research Triangle Park.
  • 2007—Dr. Steven Suter begins performing canine bone marrow transplant procedures as NC State becomes first university to offer the procedure in a clinical setting.
  • 2008—Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little and researchers in the NC State College of Engineering use 3-D computer modeling to design and manufacture an osseointegrated prosthetic limb for dog Cassidy.
  • 2009—Dean Arden appointed NC State University interim provost and executive vice chancellor; David Bristol becomes Acting Dean.
  • 2009—First Responder Program created that requires students to be trained as credentialed emergency responders in order to receive the DVM degree.    
  • 2011—The 110,000-square foot Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center is dedicated; the original Veterinary Teaching Hospital becomes the Veterinary Health and Wellness Center to provide additional client out-patient services.
  • 2012—The Veterinary Medicine and Engineering team designs, manufactures, and implants a total knee replacement for cat Cyrano.   The knee is believed to be the first totally articulated and osseointegrated prosthetic knee. To date, the transdermal osseointegration procedure has been performed on eight companion animals.
  • 2012—Paul Lunn appointed Dean.
  • 2013—The Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary   Medical Center is named one of nine Level 1 Veterinary Trauma Centers in the United States by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.