Educating Exceptional Veterinarians Today for the World Tomorrow

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine DVM curriculum provides graduates with a strong, multi-species foundation and allows opportunity to focus on species or discipline interests. We are one of only a few colleges of veterinary medicine that—like most colleges of human medicine—requires two full years of mentored clinical education in addition to two years of pre-clinical (classroom and laboratory) coursework.

Our students gain experience through our different locations, five of which are located off campus and/or in other Mississippi cities, and two of which comprise our 509 (a)2 corporation. The MSU CVM Animal Health Center and corresponding CVM Diagnostic Laboratory are housed in the Wise Center on our main campus. The Animal Health Center is where our students gain the bulk of their clinical experience in years three and four, working alongside faculty members in the following rotations:

  • Small animal surgery
  • Equine medicine and surgery
  • Pathology
  • Population medicine
  • Diagnostic imagaing
  • Ophthalmology
  • Neurology
  • Anesthesia
  • Small animal internal medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Food animal medicine and surgery
  • Community veterinary services
  • Oncology
  • Dentistry
  • Ambulatory

Other MSU CVM locations include:

  • Aquatic Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ARDL) in Stoneville
  • Mississippi Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (MVRDL) and Poultry Diagnostic Lab (PRDL) in Pearl
  • Veterinary Specialty Center (VSC) in west Starkville
  • Animal Emergency and Referral Center (AERC) in the Jackson suburb of Flowood, and
  • Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport.

A grant through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality makes our partnership with IMMS possible and enables MSU CVM to be one of only two U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine able to offer ALL students marine animal medicine training.

In addition, our outstanding Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare Program and Mobile Veterinary Unit benefit scores of animals throughout our region as well as enable our students to graduate having completed an average of more than 50 spay and neuter surgeries.

MSU CVM is truly educating exceptional veterinarians!


Finding Creative Answers through Collaboration and Innovation

As referenced above, programs such as our nationally-recognized shelter medicine program and collaborations with entities such as IMMS enable our students to grow and discover under faculty supervision while providing much-needed care and services to animals in need. In addition, we offer one of only 15 National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded summer research experience programs. Known as the Summer Research Experience, this 12-week program provides students with training in biomedical research and teaches them skills that will help them develop into leaders in the veterinary profession.

Other impressive opportunities for discovery at MSU CVM are available through our impressive research and graduate studies programs, which allow students to pursue masters’ or doctoral degrees with specialties in the following:

  • epidemiology
  • infectious diseases
  • toxicology
  • aquatic medicine
  • avian medicine
  • pharmacology
  • pathology and production medicine.

At present, MSU CVM is conducting a number of research studies impacting our nation and the world. For instance, our aquatic medicine experts are currently leading a $15 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) grant aimed at improving aquaculture and fisheries systems to enhance food safety and nutrition, production and their economic impact in developing countries.

Scientists in the MSU Center of Biomedical Research Excellence are investigating the relationship of pathogens and hosts through a $10.5 million NIH grant with a goal of developing new strategies to treat and control diseases such as listeriosis, malaria, staph infections and tick- and mosquito- borne illness. And, researchers in the MSU CVM Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) are, through NIH funding, working to develop novel antidotes for nerve agents.


MSU CVM is consistently finding creative answers through collaboration and innovation!



Offering Programs and Services to Benefit Our Ever-Evolving World

Little in life stays the same, and at MSU CVM we’re committed to meeting the ever-evolving needs of the world through not only educating veterinarians and discovering answers through innovative research, but also through serving those in need. Our College offers an array of programs and services aimed specifically at meeting the needs of animals and people to help make the world a better place.

From our student-run Homeward Bound Project, which helps transfer hundreds of adoptable shelter animals to guaranteed rescues in the Northeast each year, to our One Health and Tropical Veterinary Medicine Student Exchange Program, which provides hands-on learning for our students as well as those in developing countries and makes a significant difference in food animal, epidemiology and population health management in places like Uganda, MSU CVM is making a difference. Our annual summer veterinary camps for those 10 years and older encourage future generations of veterinarians, as does our VetAspire program, designed specifically for high school and college students in under-represented populations who are interested in veterinary medicine. Whether your interests lie in humane ethics and animal welfare, feeding the hungry, preventing deadly infectious disease outbreaks or mentoring aspiring young students, MSU CVM offers something to fit the bill. Scores of faculty- and student- led opportunities are available here, and whether through classes, clubs, programs or organizations, we encourage you to join our efforts. As you learn and serve, you will benefit greatly—and so will our ever-evolving world!


  • MSU CVM students boast a near-perfect national board exam (NAVLE) pass rate. For the past five years, we have had a NEARLY 99% average pass rate compared to a 95% national average.
  • A large majority of MSU CVM graduates enter the work-force immediately following graduation; however, for those who choose to seek additional clinical training to specialize, our internship and residency matching program is quite successful. We are one of only seven North American colleges of veterinary medicine with a greater than 70% successful matching rate for internships and residencies over the past seven years.
  • For the past six years, MSU CVM has had a greater than 99% employment rate for new graduates.
  • In 2018, American Veterinary Medical Association data indicated that the mean starting salary among all new graduates in the U.S. entering private practice was $83,098. The mean starting salary for MSU CVM graduates was $86,204.
  • Debt accumulated from pursing a DVM degree is a serious consideration for many interested in the field of veterinary medicine. At MSU CVM we know scholarships and travel assistance programs can make a dramatic difference in a student’s ability to not only enroll in veterinary school but also to graduate with finances in good order. Thanks to the generosity and support of our alumni, friends and donors, MSU CVM is pleased to offer our students numerous significant scholarships, totaling more than $960,000 each year, and this figure continues to grow. There are scholarships for those:
    • from certain areas of the state and country
    • interested in certain areas of specialty
    • with high academic achievement
    • actively involved in animal health and service organizations
    • and more.
  • Among our many impressive scholarships is the Charles E. and Viola G. Bardsley Scholarship, which provides a select group of up to 12 first-year students $25,000 or $50,000 based upon state of residency, grade point average, extracurricular activities and leadership potential. V

Visit the scholarships and travel assistance page on our website to determine if you might qualify to be a Bardsley Scholar or for another award as a student at MSU CVM!