Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Students looking to enroll in Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine won’t have to worry about preparing for any type of veterinary career, including pursuing a full-time companion animal practice, working with the livestock and food supply industry or continuing their education in research.
With 6832 graduates since 1905, according to Joe Montgomery, communications coordinator for Kansas State University’s College of veterinary medicine, the school is active in educating the next generation of animal health experts. The overall number of graduate students, interns and residents numbers 225. Specifically, there are 23 residents and 7 interns. Of the 194 graduate students, there are 55 M.S. candidates, 84 MPH students and 16 more working towards the college’s MPH Certificate program and 39 students pursuing a Ph.D.
“There is a strong emphasis on having a well-rounded education. By the end of the third year of studies, before students can begin clinical rotations, each has to complete three courses: small-animal clinical skills, large-animal clinical skills and non-practice clinical skills,” according to university officials.
The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Health Center provides routine and emergency care for a comprehensive list of animals including companion, zoo, horse and farm animals that is staffed by 55 veterinarians.
“Clinical rotations are done in one of the nation’s largest veterinary teaching hospitals, K-State's Veterinary Health Center, which has CT scan, MRI, echocardiography, diagnostic ultrasound, nuclear scintigraphy and a very modern intensive/critical care unit.” University officials also said that, “he hospital also contains a community practice area as well as referral service areas. There is also a satellite hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, called MidWest Vet where students have a rotation opportunity in a larger urban setting that provides additional hands-on clinical experience.”
The 10,400 square foot hospital, MidWest Vet was established in 2006, and provides specialized veterinary treatment for critical care, dermatological, cardiology, internal medicine, diagnostic medicine, regenerative medicine and surgical needs. Along with providing clinical experience, the veterinary staff works hand-in-hand with referring veterinarians through South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa to provide the most advanced treatment in the area, according to the college’s website.
While the majority of students may only complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), some students undertake further training to specialize in veterinary disciplines.
“More than 25 percent of students pursue further training through internship, residency or graduate programs. Those who stay at K-State find these areas of study: Traditional graduate programs with strengths in infectious diseases of animals, zoonotic diseases and bovine production. The university also has an interdisciplinary public health program with tracks in infectious and zoonotic diseases, food safety, exercise and obesity and human nutrition,” according to university representatives.
Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is also a leader in research. According to the university’s website, 2011 saw an increased level of effort to obtain funding via federal grants, resulting in $124 million. Some highlights for the College of Veterinary medicine include, according to Kansas State University News and Communication Services:
“Kansas State University is home to the Biosecurity Research Institute, which contains both biosafety level 3 and biosafety level 3-ag laboratories; the Beef Cattle Institute; the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health; the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, which is a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence; the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas State, or NICKS; and the Institute for Computational and Comparative Medicine, or ICCM, and the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, or FARAD, the latter two which are under the direction of K-State’s first National Academies of Science faculty member Dr. Jim Riviere.”
Meet the Dean
At a Glance
Location: Manhattan, Ks.
Programs: MS, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences; MPH, Infectious Disease + Zoonoses; PhD (Anatomy & Physiology or Pathobiology); DVM/PhD; DVM; Internships; Residencies
Fact: 99% of KSU graduates passed the North American Licensing Exam (2012 – 2013)
Accreditation: Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Room and Board: $7,194 (Dec. 2012)