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About CVM

Dedicated to advancing animal and human health from the cellular level through entire ecosystems.

Center for Medical Excellence

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is where compassion meets science. Our mission, is to advance the veterinary profession and animal health through ongoing discovery and medical innovation; provide animals and their owners with extraordinary, compassionate medical care; and prepare the next generation of veterinarians and veterinary research scientists.

Our world-leading faculty and clinicians are at the forefront of interdisciplinary biomedical innovation, conducting solution-driven research that defines the interconnections between animal and human health.

The College is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The last evaluation was conducted in 2021.

Our mission is to enhance animal and human health through innovative discovery and education.

D. Paul Lunn

College of Veterinary Medicine
NC State

World Class Education

Veterinary education is the most vital obligation of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, which is ranked as one of the top veterinary educational programs in North America.

As the national leader in experiential teaching and learning, we are training the next generation of skilled, compassionate veterinary health professionals equipped to serve the global community. DVM students develop key competencies necessary for success in private practice, industry, government, and academia. The curriculum includes instruction and practice in teamwork, client interactions, and public communication as well as the development of interpersonal and organizational skills.


The Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association is the accrediting body for colleges of veterinary medicine.

  • North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine received full accreditation from the Council on Education for a period of seven years in 2021.
  • The next site visit of the College by the AVMA Council on Education is expected in 2028.
  • The 2021 pass rate for students of our College on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) was 97% (88/91) as compared to an 80% pass rate required by the AVMA Council on Education’s Outcomes Assessment standard. The five-year average pass rate is 96.4%.

North Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Carolina State University.

Contact the Commission only in relation to the University’s compliance with accreditation requirements. Normal inquiries about admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid should be directed to the University

Additional information about the College’s accreditation status can be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Laura Nelson

Diversity Matters

NC State values diversity. Not only do we all benefit from multiple viewpoints, experiences and perspectives, diversity is critical to our academic mission. Without it, our students simply could not succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace — let alone become conscientious global citizens.

Everyone who comes to NC State enriches us through their varied knowledge and backgrounds. And we expect everyone to give of their talents, skills, time and effort to make NC State an environment of inclusive excellence for all.

CVM Office of Diversity

Group of diverse veterinary medicine students problem solving

College Leadership

David Paul Lunn, BVSc, MS, PhD, MRCVS, Dip. ACVIM

Dean, Veterinary Medicine


Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS

Head, Department of Clinical Sciences
Professor of Equine Surgery and Gastroenterology

Clinical Sciences

Paula Cray, PhD

Department Head, Population Health and Pathobiology

Population Health and Pathobiology

Dianne Dunning, DVM, MS, DrPH, DACVS

Associate Dean, Advancement

Clinical Sciences

Milburn H. Holbrook, CPA

Assistant Dean - Business & Finance


Steven L Marks, BVSc, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM

Clinical Professor, Critical Care and Internal Medicine/Associate Dean and Director, Veterinary Medical Services

Clinical Sciences

Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)

Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Clinical Sciences

Jennifer Neel, DVM, Dip. ACVP (Clinical)

Assistant Dean of Student Development
Professor, Pathology

Population Health and Pathobiology

Laura Nelson, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs


Sheri Renno, M.Ed., SPHR

Assistant Dean, CVM Human Resources


Barbara Sherry, PhD

Department Head, Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Virology

Molecular Biomedical Sciences

last updated 03-27-2020 8:47 est