Top-Tier Veterinary Colleges

Kansas City is located between two of America’s top veterinary schools – the University of Missouri-Columbia and Kansas State University. Also, within the 300-mile radius of KC there are four of the leading veterinary schools in the country with more than 1,500 students currently enrolled.

Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine

Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1905. Since then more than 7,000 men and women have been granted the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. The college admits 112 new professional degree (DVM) students into its four year curriculum each fall from Kansas, the country and around the world. These students are prepared to serve society in many varied veterinary careers. The college also offers concurrent DVM/Master's and DVM/Ph.D. degree programs, a Master of Public Health degree with emphasis in Infectious Diseases/Zoonoses, a Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Master's Degree, master's degrees and Ph.D. degrees in Anatomy and Physiology and a Ph.D. in Pathobiology. Kansas State University is the sixth oldest veterinary college of the thirty in the United States currently granting veterinary degrees. Departments within the College of Veterinary Medicine are anatomy and physiology, clinical sciences, diagnostic medicine/pathobiology and two operating units, the Veterinary Health Center and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, provide support for teaching, research and service.

Current Areas of Emphasis:

  • Food Supply Veterinary Medicine – Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) – Production Animal Medicine (PAM) collaboration – Evidence-based medicine – field investigations
  • Companion Animal Practice
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Public Health


Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery (RSCAD) Strength

  • Infectious Disease – Select Agent Research
  • Viral Pathogenesis of Endemic and Emerging Diseases
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis of Endemic and Emerging Diseases
  • Vaccine Development and Field Efficacy
  • Mechanisms, Management and Consequences of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Antiviral Development
  • Diagnostic Assay Development, Validation and Application
  • Epidemiology and Ecology of Disease
  • Therapeutic Interventions for Disease
  • Immune Mechanisms in Health and Disease
  • Vector‐Borne Diseases and Vector Biology
  • Nanomedicine
  • Comparative Pharmacology
  • Stem Cell Biotechnology and Physiology, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
  • Physiology of the Inner Ear, Animal Models of Human Deafness
  • Cell and Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Physiological Function
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology
  • Mechanisms Regulating Central Sympathetic Neural Circuitry
  • Fundamental Mechanisms of Cancer, Cancer Therapeutics, Cancer Stem Cells


Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory:

  • Accredited by American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • National Animal Health Laboratory Network – member laboratory
    – Rabies lab – all species testing
    – Prion testing
    – FMD, CSF, ASF, molecular diagnostic proficiency testing
  • Laboratory Response Network (VetLIRN) - FDA
    – Multiple agent/toxin proficiency testing
    – BSL-2 lab capability


Molecular Diagnostics & Vaccine Research

  • PCR for endemic and emerging diseases: Flu (all species), PEDv, swine enteric delta coronaviruses, BVD, PRRS, Lepto, coronavirus, APP typing, Johne’s, circovirus, FMD, CSF
  • State-led flu surveillance program: serology, antigen detection (ELISA, PCR, sequencing, isolation)
  • Multiplex detection (panels) for bovine respiratory disease complex, canine respiratory disease, and vector-borne agents such as Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, and Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever
  • Microarray identification of virulence and resistance genes
  • Evaluation of immune responses to infectious agents and vaccines
  • Vaccine development: influenza, liver abscesses, foot rot, Ehrlichia, coronavirus

University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has graduated more than 3,000 veterinarians since its founding in 1946. The MU veterinary teaching hospital has specialty clinics in ophthalmology, cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, dentistry, and community medicine. MU is one of only a handful of schools offering student exposure to so many specialties.

Academic Departments:

  • Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
  • Veterinary Pathobiology
  • Biomedical Sciences

Service Units:

  • Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
  • Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory

Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory:

  • Fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • 18 professionals with advanced training dedicated to service, teaching and research
  • Bacteriology, Molecular Diagnostics, Virology, Serology, Pathology, Immunohistochemistry, Clinical Pathology, Toxicology
  • Approximately 100,000 tests and 300,000 procedures annually

Research Facilities:

  • Multiple BSL2 isolation suites
  • BSL3 animal biocontainment isolation facility
  • Animal sciences facilities – livestock herds and poultry flocks

Research and Innovation


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