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Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Message from the Interim Dean


Dean SanderDear Alumni, Friends, and Prospective Students,

Welcome to the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS)!

The CVHS is made up of a community of professionals committed to graduating highly skilled veterinarians prepared to serve societal needs which span animal, human, and environmental health and well-being.  Our goal is to lead the nation in basic and applied biomedical research to discover the answers which may lead to cures for diseases we currently are unable to manage; and to provide the best veterinary services to our clients and referring veterinarians through both primary and specialty veterinary care; and to educate the future of the veterinary medical profession. The role veterinarians play goes far beyond the private practitioner although this is what most people are familiar with due to the restorative and preventive health care their pets and production animals need and we are proud that our graduates are prepared to fulfill any of those roles.

Our professional curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking by using comparative medicine of all major animal species. Our students are reputed to be confident, competent, practice ready veterinarians upon graduation, thanks to an excellent teaching faculty, dedicated staff and talented students.

Our research program is nationally competitive, highly focused, and productive. Major areas of emphasis include toxicology, zoonotic and tick transmitted diseases, lung biology and exercise physiology. The Veterinary Medical Center leads the OSU System in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has been providing outstanding veterinary medical services for more than 60 years. During that time Dr. Leroy Coggins, Class of 1957, developed the Coggins Test for Equine Infectious Anemia; the diagnostic tool that it is still considered the USDA official test for EIA.  In addition, we are proud to have three former Presidents of the American Veterinary Medical Association among our alumni.  More recently, our faculty, staff, and students were instrumental in providing medical care to a number of animals who were injured in the 2013 tornadoes that went through central Oklahoma.

Our purpose is to serve the people of Oklahoma with their animal care needs. The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is made up of a complment of medical facilities: the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. In addition, Center facilities include the Veterinary Medicine Ranch, specializing in Equine and Bovine Breeding and Reproduction Services, the Equine Research Park, the Wendell Wallace Bovine Research Facility, and the Cohn Pet Care facility where we offer extended care for pets after their owners have passed away.

Each year we update our Fact Sheet which contains valuable information and statistics about our academic programs so you can see for yourself.  I encourage prospective students, faculty candidates and other interested professionals to consider Oklahoma State University for an outstanding educational experience which will prepare you to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

-Dr. Chris Ross