Dairy Education Center

National Center of Excellence in Dairy Veterinary Medicine

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The National Center of Excellence in Dairy Veterinary Medicine provides advanced training to senior veterinary students in an intensive 8-week rotation focused on dairy production medicine. Students live and learn at the University of Minnesota Dairy Education Center, an academic facility housed within a large, private dairy in southern Minnesota.

In 2011, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with veterinary schools at the University of Illinois, University of Georgia, and Kansas State University, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop the first ever National Center of Excellence in Dairy Veterinary Medicine. The purpose of developing this Center was to address the ongoing critical need for more intensive and specialized training for senior veterinary students interested in pursuing careers in dairy veterinary medicine. In it’s first year (the 2012-2013 school year), the Center served a total of 32 veterinary students from the four cooperating universities, as well as other universities. The hope for this Center is that it will function both as a template for future centers of excellence in other areas of food animal production medicine, and as an on-going site for dairy veterinary education.

The National Center of Excellence in Dairy Veterinary Medicine is now offering this 8-week rotation to senior veterinary students from any accredited veterinary school in North America.