North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine

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North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a U.S. educational institution located in Raleigh, North Carolina that offers master's and doctorate-level degree programs; interdisciplinary research in a range of veterinary and comparative medicine topics through centers, institutes, programs and laboratories; and external engagement through public service programs and activities.[1]

Veterinary Teaching Hospital[edit]

The College provides the animal-owning public with veterinary medical services in 18 specialty clinics through its Veterinary Teaching Hospital.[2] About 23,000 cases—primarily companion animals and horses—are diagnosed and treated in the hospital's small and large animal units each year. Hospital clinicians have pioneered clinical canine bone marrow transplants and osseointegrated surgical implants for customized prosthetic limbs for dogs and cats.

Academics[edit]

Located on NC State University Centennial Biomedical Campus (part of the Centennial Campus complex), the College has three departments: Department of Clinical Sciences,[3] Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences,[4] and the Department of Population Health & Pathobiology.[5] The College involves some 155 faculty, 400 staff members,and it enrolls more than 300 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students, 75 graduate students, and 75 interns and residents.

Academic degrees offered by the college include:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Master of Science/Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Fisheries & Wildlife, Immunology, Physiology
  • Master of Veterinary Public Health
  • Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine
  • Combined DVM/MBA
  • Combined DVM/PhD

The College embraces the One Health philosophy[6]—the idea that the convergence of people, wild and domestic animals, and our global environment has created a dynamic in which the health of each group is inextricably interconnected and relies on a common pool of medical and scientific knowledge. The One Health concept recognizes that the integration of human medicine and veterinary medicine will improve the lives of all species.

There are six main focus areas in the College: companion animal medicine, food supply medicine, biomedical research, ecosystem health, equine medicine, and animal welfare.[7] Through these areas, the College prepares the next generation of veterinarians and veterinarian scientists, conducts bench and clinical research to support animal and human health, addresses ecosystem and public health issues, helps protects the U.S. food supply, and promotes an appreciation of the changing animal-human bond.

The College is currently ranked third by the U.S. News & World Report among the 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S.[8]

Research[edit]

The overall goal of the College's research program is to provide solutions to problems of particular importance to North Carolina and to address problems of importance to society at large.[9]

A component of these research activities, the Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research (CCMTR) is a community of more than 100 scientists who are involved in collaborative studies with government, private, and other academic researchers to advance the knowledge and practical applications that improve animal and human health. The CCMTR has eight research cores—allergic diseases, biostatistics,clinical genomics, comparative neurobiology,emerging and zoonotic diseases, mucosa pathophysiology, oncology, and stem cells[10]—and focuses on taking knowledge from the laboratory to patient bedside, with an emphasis on diseases common to animals and humans.

Buildings & Facilities[edit]

The College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the 180-acre (0.73 km2) Centennial Biomedical Campus, which is west of NC State's main campus and part of the university's research park and campus complex -- Centennial Campus. The campus consists of 20 buildings, including the CVM Research building, a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) facility where investigations in genomic sciences, gene therapy, vaccine development, cancer immuno-therapy, and genetic research. Construction is also underway for the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center.[11] When completed in late 2010, the 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) Terry Center will more than double the size of the current Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The Teaching Animal Unit is a working farm located right on the College campus a few steps away from lecture halls and labs.

Academic canine bone marrow transplantation[edit]

N.C. State is not the first school to do canine bone marrow transplant but they are the first to have it at a clinical academic setting. They are hoping to one day set up a bone marrow registry for dogs as well as philanthropic donors who will help dog owners with the cost of the procedure.[12] There are several organizations that offer funding for the canine bone marrow transplant at NC State University. Save-An-Angel and their partners at The Riedel & Cody Fund offer financial aid to pet parents whose dogs meet certain financial and medical requirements. They also offer emotional and networking support to help the families who are pursuing the procedure for their companion animals.

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