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Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Founded in 1885, one of the oldest and largest veterinary colleges in the United States, with more than 35,000 companion animal, farm animal and equine patients each year
  • Ranked fifth among all North American veterinary schools, US News & World Report Best Graduate Schools
  • Number of faculty: 130
  • College departments include Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Preventive Medicine
  • Degrees offered: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; MS and PhD in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine; Master's Degree in Veterinary Public Health in collaboration with The Ohio State University College of Public Health


  • More than 7,200 veterinarians have graduated from the college, plus more than 1300 advanced degree holders, with nearly 8,500 total graduates
  • Ohio State graduates make up 85 percent of the veterinarians practicing in Ohio
  • Alumni practice in all 50 states and 29 countries 
  • Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society is one of the largest alumni groups at Ohio State 


  • Number of professional students: 560
  • Marysville Large Animal Services facility serves 15 counties in central-western Ohio. Veterinary students consistently rate it as one of the top rotations in the College of Veterinary Medicine curriculum.


  • Veterinary college researchers developed the first feline leukemia vaccine, patented by Ohio State and licensed to Zoetis (formally Pfizer), Inc., and now routinely used worldwide
  • The college is the lead institution in the Center for Retrovirus Research
  • Faculty on the leading edge in the development of advanced orthopedic procedures, including fracture repair and arthroscopy in horses; total hip replacement  and now knee replacement in dogs
  • Faculty in the Food Animal Health Research Program  at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), in Wooster, OH, are recognized internationally for their work in infectious diseases
  • Faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine are currently involved in several USDA-funded research projects, on food safety and avian influenza
  • Five faculty from the Department of Veterinary Biosciences received a $9.8 million Program Project Grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the role of viruses in cancer – one of the largest research grants at The Ohio State University
  • Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences was the recipient of the first University Departmental Teaching Award  
  • The college has two members of the National Academy of Sciences and five Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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