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Oklahoma State University
Center For Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Mission and Vision


  • Educate and develop skilled veterinarians for a lifetime of investigation, innovation, and care and protection of animal health
  • Discover and disseminate knowledge concerning health and disease mechanisms of biomedical and veterinary medical importance
  • Create and utilize effective methods for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of animal diseases and those transmissible to humans
  • Provide a state-of-the-art veterinary medical resource center that serves the citizens of Oklahoma, the nation, and the world.


The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will:

  • Be continually committed to educating students to become balanced, knowledgeable, capable, and respected veterinarians who are life-long learners in their chosen fields;
  • Become an international leader for innovative biomedical as well as basic and clinical veterinary research;
  • Be committed to the training and education of the next generation of scientists, teachers, and clinical specialists;
  • Develop a modern regional referral center for clinical veterinary medicine;
  • Stand as the sentinel for animal disease and protection in Oklahoma and regionally;
  • Recruit, develop, and retain highly motivated, well-trained, diverse faculty and staff;
  • Foster an environment of professionalism, cooperation, tolerance, optimism and enthusiasm;
  • Provide technologically advanced support for teaching, research, diagnosis, and treatment; and
  • Continue its strong tradition in educating veterinarians for practice in rural communities.

Core Values

  • Excellence - We seek excellence in all our endeavors, and we are committed to continuous improvement.
  • Intellectual Freedom – We believe in ethical and scholarly questioning in an environment that respects the rights of all to freely pursue knowledge.
  • Integrity – We are committed to the principles of truth and honesty, and we will be equitable, ethical, and professional.
  • Service – We believe that serving others is a noble and worthy endeavor.
  • Diversity – We respect others and value diversity of opinion, freedom of expression, and other ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Stewardship of Resources – We are dedicated to the efficient and effective use of resources. We accept the responsibility of the public’s trust and are accountable for our actions.
  • Professionalism – We are committed to treating the public, our students and colleagues in a manner becoming the profession of veterinary medicine.
  • Student Centered – We are committed to providing for our students an atmosphere that is conducive for and promotes educational, professional and personal development.
  • Scholarship – We are committed to the discovery, application and sharing of new basic and applied scientific knowledge.
  • Cooperation – We strive to always be supportive of one another in our academic and personal endeavors.
  • Unity of Purpose – We are committed to our mission and vision and strive together to achieve them.
  • Synergy of Human Resources – We believe that teamwork and cooperative efforts will maximize each other’s strengths and minimize each other’s weaknesses.