School of Veterinary Medicine

School of Veterinary Medicine

The University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, dedicated to advancing animal and human health with science and compassion, is one of only 30 schools of veterinary medicine in the United States. It ranks consistently among the top five veterinary medical schools in the nation for its excellence in clinical training, biomedical research, and clinical service.

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The school admits 90 students each year for its four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program and has graduated more than 2,000 veterinarians since its first class in 1987. The majority of graduates in the DVM program remain in Wisconsin, ensuring that the state’s livestock, wildlife, and companion animals receive expert veterinary medical care. In addition to private clinical practice, DVM program graduates pursue advanced training in clinical internships, research and teaching, public health, and laboratory animal medicine. They also begin careers with state or federal government, pharmaceutical companies and other industries, and the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.

The school also provides exceptional graduate research training in core areas of animal and human health through its Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Degree Program. These key instructional programs, coupled with the school’s robust research and clinical service, enhance the health and welfare of both animals and people, boosting the economic well-being of the state of Wisconsin.

UW Veterinary Care

At UW Veterinary Care, students acquire hands-on clinical skills and how to deliver compassionate care from faculty who are leaders in their fields. As a veterinary medical teaching hospital, it is the school’s primary site for clinical education and a crucial destination for patients seeking the best in animal care. Clients may be referred by their local veterinarians, but many owners and advocates seek out the hospital on their own. The hospital maintains a reputation as a leader in many fields of clinical research and attracts major grants from the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.

UW Veterinary Care offers

  • 24/7 Emergency care for all species of animals;
  • More than 60 board-certified veterinary specialists, including anesthesia, camelid and equine care, food animal and production medicine, cardiology, dentistry and oral surgery and zoo animal medicine; and
  • Nationally recognized clinical oncology, dermatology, and orthopedic surgery programs.

One Medicine

The idea of “one medicine” — benefitting both animals and humans — is manifested through the school’s research and clinical collaborations on campus with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University Hospital and Clinics, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, among others.

From influenza research to finding new therapies for multiple sclerosis to the fight against cancer, the UW School of Veterinary Medicine stands at the forefront of the discovery of new knowledge and innovative treatment.

Giving Priorities

For information about giving opportunities within the UW School of Veterinary Medicine, visit

Academic Departments and Programs

  • Give to Comparative Biosciences Fund
  • Give to Medical Sciences Veterinary Medicine Fund
  • Give to Pathobiological Sciences Veterinary Medicine Fund
  • Give to Surgical Sciences Veterinary Medicine Fund

Special Programs and Funds

  • Give to Animal Cancer Treatment Program Fund
  • Give to Companion Animal Endowment Fund
  • Give to Daryl and Sharon Buss Graduate Program Fund
  • Give to Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Fund
  • Give to Fund for Excellence in Equine Health
  • Give to RESPOND Fund
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