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Center For Veterinary Health Sciences

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Message from the Dean

Dear Alumni, Friends, and Prospective Students,

I am both excited and honored to serve as the 14th dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the premier provider of animal care in the state of Oklahoma and for the region. The Center provides quality educational opportunities to prepare our graduates for varied careers within the veterinary profession, and continues to be near the top ranking of return on investment to obtain a doctor of veterinary medicine degree compared to other U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine. Our curriculum is built on a culture of scholarship that has led to the excellent reputation of the Center for educating students not only to be ready to enter practice but to become successful veterinarians. This reputation makes Oklahoma State the place where students want to attend. Our multidisciplinary approach to train students, our centers for excellence in research, our Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory to promote the overall well-being of animal health through veterinary diagnostic testing, our outreach to the agricultural and veterinary communities to provide continuing education, our  college-based Veterinary Biomedical Sciences graduate program to train future scientists, and our  clinical research activities that advance new diagnostic methods and treatment of diseases, establish sound assurance to continue progress in the Center’s role as an international leader in veterinary medical education and research.

As I begin serving the constituents of Oklahoma State University, I want to reach our alumni and stakeholders with a commitment that we will increase the value of our graduates to our profession. This commitment will serve as the focus of our mission. I will work with our talented faculty and engaged staff to foster a nurturing and stimulating environment so that our students can reach their full potential.

-Dr. Carlos Risco