Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences


  • Educates and develops skilled veterinarians for a lifetime of investigation, innovation, and care and protection of animal health
  • Discovers and disseminates knowledge concerning health and disease mechanisms of biomedical and veterinary medical importance
  • Creates and utilizes effective methods for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of animal diseases and those transmissible to humans; and
  • Provides a state-of-the-art veterinary medical resource center that serves the citizens of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world.


The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will:
  • Be ranked among the top 15 veterinary colleges in the United States;
  • Be continually committed to educating students to become balanced, knowledgeable, capable, and respected veterinarians who are life-long learners in their chosen fields;
  • Become an international leader for innovative biomedical as well as basic and clinical veterinary research;
  • Be committed to the training and education of the next generation of scientists, teachers, and clinical specialists;
  • Develop a modern regional referral center for clinical veterinary medicine;
  • Stand as the sentinel for animal disease and protection in Oklahoma and regionally;
  • Recruit, develop, and retain highly motivated, well-trained, diverse faculty and staff;
  • Foster an environment of professionalism, cooperation, tolerance, optimism and enthusiasm;
  • Provide technologically advanced support for teaching, research, diagnosis, and treatment; and
  • Continue its strong tradition in educating veterinarians for practice in rural communities.

Core Values

  • Excellence - We seek excellence in all our endeavors, and we are committed to continuous improvement.
  • Intellectual Freedom – We believe in ethical and scholarly questioning in an environment that respects the rights of all to freely pursue knowledge.
  • Integrity – We are committed to the principles of truth and honesty, and we will be equitable, ethical, and professional.
  • Service – We believe that serving others is a noble and worthy endeavor.
  • Diversity – We respect others and value diversity of opinion, freedom of expression, and other ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Stewardship of Resources – We are dedicated to the efficient and effective use of resources. We accept the responsibility of the public’s trust and are accountable for our actions.
  • Professionalism – We are committed to treating the public, our students and colleagues in a manner becoming the profession of veterinary medicine.
  • Student Centered – We are committed to providing for our students an atmosphere that is conducive for and promotes educational, professional and personal development.
  • Scholarship – We are committed to the discovery, application and sharing of new basic and applied scientific knowledge.
  • Cooperation – We strive to always be supportive of one another in our academic and personal endeavors.
  • Unity of Purpose – We are committed to our mission and vision and strive together to achieve them.

Synergy of Human Resources – We believe that teamwork and cooperative efforts will maximize each other’s strengths and minimize each other’s weaknesses.

  • 1964 – establish a hemophilic beagle colony for collaborative coagulation research with the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine; the colony grew and provided animal models for many research groups in the U.S. and France
  • 1965 – Drs. William Brock and Charles Pearson with Mr. Olin Kliewer at the Pawhuska Station develop the first vaccine against anaplasmosis in cattle
  • 1969 – a team (led by Dr. Roger Panciera, class of 1953) begins research on bovine respiratory disease
  • 1975 – Dr. Leroy Coggins, class of 1957, develops the Coggins Test for equine infectious anemia (EIA), which is adopted by the USDA.   There is no vaccine or cure for EIA so the test is an important tool in helping prevent the spread of this disease.
  • 1972-1979 – establish the nation’s second animal tumor registry for research on cancer
  • 1976 – establish the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory; lab performs official USDA tests for pseudorabies, bovine leukemia, anaplasmosis, bluetongue, EIA and more; helps reduce the threat and incidence of zoonotic animal diseases (rabies, tuberculosis, systemic fungi, anthrax and more); transmits new knowledge to the scientific community through publication of numerous articles
  • 1977 – Dr. G. Pat Mayer (class of 1954) receives 34th Annual Borden Award for his research to help control dairy cattle disease
  • 1981 – establish the Livestock Health Research Center where Dr. Anthony Confer (Regents Professor, Sitlington Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research and 1972 alumnus) works on eliminating brucellosis, disease causing abortions in cattle and fever in humans
  • 1992 – Dr. Katherine Kocan and team develop the first cell culture system for Anaplasmosis marginale
  • 2006 – Dr. Theresa Casey, class of 1982, is appointed U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, the first veterinarian to serve as a general officer
  • 2009 – Dr. Michael Davis, Oxley Chair in Equine Sports Medicine and director of the Comparative Exercise Physiology Lab, discovered that giving an acid suppressant helps eliminate ulcers in sled dogs
  • 2009 – The National Center for Veterinary Parasitology is launched under the direction of Dr. Susan Little, Regents Professor and Krull-Ewing Endowed Chair in Veterinary Parasitology
  • 2013 – receive $11.3 million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) grant from the National Institutes of Health
  • 2014 – establish the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases under the direction of Lin Liu, PhD, Regents Professor, Lundberg-Kienlen Professor in Biomedical Research and director of the Lung Biology and Toxicology Laboratory