Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine supports Iowans by serving the state's animal agriculture industry with a:
- World-class, food-animal teaching hospital
- Large and comprehensive veterinary diagnostic laboratory
- Field service unit that visits farms to assist local veterinarians and livestock producers
Cases from these service units provide outstanding clinical teaching opportunities for the 145 veterinary students in each graduating class. We educate more large- and mixed-animal practitioners than most other U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine. In fact, more than 50% of our students select food-animal or mixed-animal practice as their primary emphasis during their fourth year at the college.
And, cases in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center and diagnostic laboratory provide excellent research opportunities relevant to Iowa livestock producers. For example, when porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was introduced into the U.S. in April, it was diagnosed first by our diagnostic laboratory. Currently, college faculty have seven research projects underway to help solve this problem for Iowa.
Although their adventure begins at Iowa State, students are prepared to continue their adventure as they lead and serve Iowa's animal agriculture industry.