About the D.V.M. Program

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Students combine knowledge gained in the classroom with practical experience in the field, including the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center with more than 35,000 cases each year, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and other state of the art facilities both on campus and through unique partnerships like the Dairy Education Center

During the first three years of the D.V.M. program, students focus on the study of the normal animal, the pathogenesis of diseases and the prevention, alleviation and clinical therapy of diseases. The program concludes with thirteen months of clinical rotations in the Veterinary Medical Center during which time students gain hands-on experience in clinical care and develop skills needed for professional practice. Students can choose from over 60 rotation offerings. The fourth year includes up to ten weeks of externship experiences at off-campus sites of the student's choice. 

For more information, you may view the College of Veterinary Medicine Course Catalog and the D.V.M. Admissions Planning Guide 


The St. Paul Campus and the Twin Cities 

The College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 540-acre St. Paul campus. Students enjoy a small, intimate campus atmosphere of approximately 3,000 students while benefiting from the numerous amenities available within one of the nation’s largest university systems. 

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have a combined population of approximately 2.5 million people and represents one of the largest metropolitan areas where a veterinary college is located. The Twin Cities is the cultural center for the region, abundant with outdoor recreational opportunities, and is repeatedly cited as one of the most livable metropolitan areas in the nation. Learn about living in Minnesota.


Campus Safety

The University produces an annual security and fire safety report. This report includes information on campus crime statistics, information relating to personal and campus safety, fire safety, and security policies and programs. The report is available here. To request a paper copy of this report, contact the U of M Police Department at 612-624-2677


More Information 

Learn more about the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.Take a virtual tour of the facilities or contact us to meet with a member of our admissions team. High School students can learn more about careers in veterinary medicine by participating in VetCamp!

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  • Last modified on May 29, 2014