Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program at OSU are part of a supportive group of fellow students, faculty, and staff who take a personal interest in their success. Our small class size and innovative programs provide many valuable opportunities for real-world learning. That’s one reason why, year after year, 100% of our graduates pass the board exam on the first try.

At OSU, the four-year professional program includes a rigorous basic science curriculum; classes in core areas such as toxicology, pharmacology, radiology and clinical pathology; instruction in ethics, principles of medicine, surgery, and anesthesiology; and hands-on experience in clinical rotations that directly involve students in patient care and client communication.

In addition, OSU offers students unique experiences that are not available anywhere else including two-week rotations at Oregon Wildlife Safari, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and the Humane Society’s Animal Medical Learning Center.

Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) has the largest group of board-certified veterinary specialists in Oregon. The hospital is nationally recognized for animal oncology and cardiology, sport animal medicine, camelid medicine, minimally invasive surgery, large animal reproductive medicine, and small animal physiotherapy.

The VTH is proud of our state-of-the-art facilities. We have the latest in sophisticated medical equipment including:
  • A 64-slice, high speed CT scanner
  • A 3-D echocardio unit
  • An Intrabeam Radiotherapy System
  • A small animal MRI
  • A high-speed treadmill for equine rehabilitation
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
  • Video-endoscopy and video-laparoscopy
  • Small animal rehabilitation facilities

Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

The OSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) works with local government, state and federal agencies, and the general public to support programs in animal and public health. They provide a wide variety of services including:

•    Testing and surveillance of animal-based pathogens such as avian influenza, rabies, and West Nile virus.
•    Rapid response testing in food contamination emergencies involving salmonella, e-coli and other pathogens.
•    Testing and expert consultation for animal owners, veterinarians, researchers and scientists.
•    Laboratory instruction in pathology, microbiology, and molecular diagnostics  for veterinary students. 

OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Research

CVM research focuses on the development of animal models to study human diseases like diabetes, HIV, and tuberculosis. Our approach is interdisciplinary and often involves collaboration with other colleges on campus. Trained in comparative biology, our veterinary scientists are able to work with colleagues in a wide array of disciplines to explore solutions to complex problems involving the interfaces between biosciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and engineering.

This collaborative spirit is essential for the education of our doctoral students, many of whom are enrolled in the interdepartmental Molecular and Cell Biology program. In addition to doctoral programs, the college research provides research laboratory experiences for professional veterinary students and undergraduate students from other colleges on campus.