History of the SVM

In 1948, the School of Veterinary Medicine accepted its first DVM class of 42 students, focused almost exclusively on livestock health issues. We’ve expanded to address the health of all animals, including poultry, companion animals, captive and free-ranging wildlife, exotic animals, birds, aquatic mammals and fish, and animals used in biological and medical research—as well as human health. We now have 28 research and clinical programs to accomplish the school’s mission of advancing the health of animals, people and the environment in a One Health approach. These highlights tell the story of how we got to where we are today and where we’re headed in the future.

Years in Review
Since 1998, we’ve outlined the highlights of each year such as new research programs, innovative discoveries and major research grants.

This provides a quick synopsis of major events at the school since 1948.

Centennial Reflections
As we approached our 60th Anniversary Celebration in October 2008, Dean Emeritus Bennie Osburn wrote an informal document, “Reflections of the Past,” that covers some of the school’s history, events and accomplishments by decade.