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
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
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