Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Back in April 2014, Oklahoma State's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences opened its doors to 800 families, kids and prospective veterinary students to give them a behind-the-scenes, interactive look at what goes on inside the teaching hospital.
Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine began with 31 students in March 1948, and had 26 students graduating in May 1951. Fast-forward nearly 70 years later, there are 349 DVM and 35 graduate students enrolled as of Fall 2013. From its beginnings in 1915 through 2013, Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has 3,576 alumni, according to its 2013 Fact Sheet.
From the college’s beginnings, its research breakthroughs continue to contribute to animal welfare. “Veterinary graduates have gone forward to make life-changing contributions to the profession of veterinary medicine including the late Dr. Leroy Coggins, class of 1957, who developed the Coggins Test, the USDA official test for equine infectious anemia,” said Jean E. Sander, DVM, MAM, DACPV, the dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Dr. Sander also highlighted notable alumni, “the late Dr. Donald Patterson, class of 1954, who is known for his work in veterinary cardiology.”
According to Sander, the college’s program receives financial support from Novartis, Merck, Merial, Elanco, Bayer, Zoetis, as well as from the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Launched in 2009, the college’s National Center for Veterinary Parasitology is a nationwide leader for parasitology research, Sander reported.
Statistics for the class of 2017 show a competitive and bright pool of students. With a core grade-point-average of 3.484 and a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.472, mean student GRE scores for verbal, quantitative and analytical performances are 153, 151 and 4.0 respectively.
Oklahoma State is also home to the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology (NCVP), the only one of its kind. “The center works with partners worldwide to meet global challenges in veterinary parasitology,” Sander noted. “The NCVP offers valuable resources for practicing veterinarians and educators. Diagnostic and consulting services are available, as well as a parasite image database that houses more than 200 images and continues to grow.”
According to OSU’s website, a $225,000 donation from Merial Limited Corporation will expand training for graduate students and residency appointments, along with providing more research options.
Funded through an $11.3 million National Institute of Health Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBre) grant in 2013, Oklahoma State University founded the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory Infectious Diseases. Sander explained that, “researchers look into cattle respiratory diseases as well as human respiratory infections that create a burden on society physically and financially.”
One notable program for veterinary students includes the Summer Research Training Program. Run since 1995, the program selects 10 to 15 first- and second- year veterinary students to work on a research project under the supervision of a biomedical research faculty member. Along with the research project experience, the program also teaches how to create an effective curriculum vitae (CV) and how to find the perfect work-life balance.
“Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is poised to continue to train tomorrow’s veterinarians in the latest techniques, to educate the next generation of veterinary parasitologists and to continue to provide veterinary medical services to animal owners locally, regionally and around the world,” Sander said.
At A Glance
Location: Stillwater, Okla.
Programs: M.S., Ph.D., DVM, Residency
Number of Endowed Scholarships: 200
Opening date: 1948
Tuition: $29,530.00 (Okla. Residents), $49,790 (Nonresidents)
Financial Aid Offered: Yes