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Education

The College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University is ranked as one of the top veterinary education programs in North America.

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Shaping the Future

The College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University is consistently ranked as one of the top veterinary educational programs in North America.  A combination of a low student/faculty ratio, low resident tuition, a university wide commitment to learning in a technology rich environment and high quality facilities contribute to a rewarding and stimulating environment in which to learn.  The addition of a new research building, technology upgrades in student laboratories and lecture rooms and state of the art hospital facilities support faculty recruited from around the world in developing their educational programs.

State of the Art Facilities

Our state‐of‐the‐art facilities and technology make the College of Veterinary Medicine one of the best-equipped teaching hospitals in the nation. The NC State Veterinary Hospital, provides cutting-edge technology in every area, from a biplane fluoroscopy unit and a 64-slice computed tomography scanner to a Varian Trilogy Linear Accelerator. The facility, constructed for education as well as clinical excellence, includes dedicated teaching space and service specific rounds room.

Our 130,000-square foot research facilities include state-of-the-art laboratories for research teams as well as a BioSafety Level 3 laboratory for investigations into infectious diseases and a clinical studies core for clinical trials. Faculty researchers, research technicians, and graduate students conduct leading-edge studies in regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, comparative genetics, biological barriers and neurobiology to advance the health of both human beings and animals.

Learn more about the Centennial Biomedical Campus

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250 acreCentennial Biomedical Campus

 Providing opportunities for industry and government researchers, entrepreneurs, clinical trial companies, as well as collaborations with other universities to work side by side with faculty and students at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Learn more here

Experiential Learning

NC State CVM graduates annually rank their time spent on the Teaching Animal Unit (TAU) as one of the best aspects of their education. Located on approximately 80 of the 180 acres of a former dairy farm, the TAU is a dynamic teaching lab for veterinary students to learn husbandry, production management, and routine procedures used in livestock production. Students are able to observe and work with healthy animals in a real farm setting.

This is just one of many experiential learning opportunities that complement the academic curriculum for NC State students. Other learning initiatives include: Clubs, Communication Courses, Electives, Externships, International Travel, Psychomotor Skills, Selectives, Strategic Thinking, and Wet Labs.

Additionally, all CVM students have the ability to become involved in internships from the very start of their studies.

I’ve gained a new perspective on veterinary research and acquired a soft spot in my heart for our stubby-legged, long-bodied canine friends.”

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Sarah Blau

Sarah Blau
Third-year veterinary student, class of 2017

Careers in Veterinary Medicine

Whether they’re pets, livestock or working animals, animals matter to individuals and society. Every community needs veterinary professionals to provide animal health care, but veterinarians also do many other kinds of jobs. They make sure the nation’s food supply is safe. They work to control the spread of diseases. They conduct research that helps both animals and humans. Veterinarians are at the forefront of protecting the public’s health and welfare.

The following list is not exhaustive but provides an overview of careers where graduates of veterinary medical schools can effectively apply their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees.

Veterinary Medicine’s Many Career Facets

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Private Practice

either general practice or (with advanced training and experience) a specialty field, such as ophthalmology, orthopedics, aquatic animal medicine, marine biology, wildlife animal medicine, or emergency animal medicine.

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Corporate Veterinary Medicine

with corporations that provide veterinary care, test human drugs for safety, or produce animal-related products.

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Federal Government

which employs veterinarians through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) working on biosecurity, environmental quality, public health, meat inspection, regulatory medicine, and agricultural animal health, or the investigation of disease outbreaks.

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U.S. Army Corps and U.S. Air Force

offer career opportunities in areas such food safety and military working dog veterinary medicine. The military also provides advanced training in specialty areas for those who commit to service.

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Research

either in a university setting focusing on discovering cures for societal health issues or with companies that produce animal-related products or pharmaceuticals.

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Teaching

either in academia or non-professionals schools. With 40 percent of aging faculty in academia eligible for retirement over the next 10 years, projections indicate an increasing need for qualified academics to teach in all disciplines of veterinary medicine.

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Public Health

particularly with governmental agencies such as the United States Public Health Service, which works to control the transmission of animal-to-human (zoonotic) diseases.

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Food Supply Medicine

with either the government or a food animal company.

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Global Veterinary Medicine

in private practice or with international agencies working in areas such as food production and safety or emerging diseases.

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Public Policy

working for governments on animal and zoonotic diseases, animal welfare, public health issues, or as consultants with non-governmental agencies.

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Shelter Medicine

working with communities, and private or public agencies to ensure the health and well-being of animal populations housed in shelters.