Why the University of Minnesota

Golden retriever in the VMC ER

Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), with a degree from the University of Minnesota are filling a critical role as we confront conditions that challenge the health of animals, people and the environment. They’re leading efforts to reduce antimicrobial resistance. They’re discovering new therapies for cancer, arthritis and HIV through comparative medicine. And, they’re providing excellent and compassionate care for animals and their owners.

A distinctive student experience

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Hands-on experiential learning

Our specialized facilities provide a one-of-a-kind cluster of learning opportunities. The Veterinary Medical Center, the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, the Leatherdale Equine Center, and The Raptor Center are all located on the St. Paul campus. Off-site partnerships include the Como Zoo, the Minnesota Zoo, the Wildlife Rehabilitation CenterAnimal Humane Society, and the 6,000-cow Dairy Education Center.

Student presenting at research day

Ample research opportunities

Students work with faculty to research diseases like highly pathogenic avian influenza and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, canine epilepsy, and equine myopathy. First and second year students who are interested in research are encouraged to participate in the Summer Scholars Program

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An ideal Twin Cities location

Our college is situated on the beautiful St. Paul campus, surrounded by experimental crop land, right in the heart of a vibrant city. Our urban location provides an extensive caseload at the Veterinary Medical Center, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country treating over 35,000 cases per year. Yet rural agricultural land is just a short drive from campus, providing world class experiential learning opportunities at unique public/private partnerships with large production animal facilities. With a population of approximately 3 million people, the Twin Cities is one of the largest metropolitan areas to host a veterinary college.

Eagle being examined at The Raptor Center

Access to specialized knowledge

Programs in food safety, public health, business, oncology, ecosystem health, zoo and alternative medicine give students opportunities to acquire specialized knowledge and skills to suit their career interests. Students choose their track to emphasize the species and career trajectory of their choice. Fourth-year DVM students choose from more than 65 rotations, ranging from Acupuncture to Zoological Medicine.

Student holding a goat at the state fair

Unique student life

The GOALE orientation program helps DVM students begin their program by building community and leadership skills in small groups with faculty mentors. There are numerous ways to get involved outside the classroom, including participation in one of the many student organizations.

Dr. Yueh with Resident

Be part of the Academic Health Center

The role of a veterinarian is growing, becoming more broad and attuned to global health. The profession calls it One Health—the reality that the wellbeing of animals, humans and our planet are intertwined. We are proud to be part of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, where interdisciplinary health care expertise is developed between veterinary medicine and our partner programs in dentistry, pharmacy, human medicine, public health, nursing, and allied health care. Here, faculty across disciplines collaborate to solve critical health problems that impact animals and people.