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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Veterinary Medicine

Bonnie Rush, Dean
Frank Blecha, Associate Dean
Peggy Schmidt, Associate Dean
Priscilla Roddy, Assistant Dean
Callie Rost, Assistant Dean

101 Trotter Hall
Fax: 785-532-5884


Veterinary Medical Library

The College of Veterinary Medicine has a well-equipped library that is a part of the Kansas State University libraries system. The general collection of books and journals encompasses veterinary medicine, basic biomedical sciences, and selected works in clinical medicine. The VM Library subscribes to approximately 875 journals and endeavors to subscribe to all English language veterinary medical titles. This is supplemented with core titles from human medicine, and selected subject areas representing faculty research interests, expertise, and teaching requirements.

Anatomy and Physiology

The mission of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology encompasses instruction, research and continuing education in the disciplines of gross and microscopic anatomy, cell and systemic physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, all of which are central to the education of veterinarians for Kansas, to the education and training of graduate students for biomedical careers in teaching, research, and industry, and to the fulfillment of the University’s mission to conduct basic and applied research important for the diagnosis and control of animal and human disease. The department has a fundamental role in acquiring new knowledge to further our understanding of animal and human physiology and pathophysiology. To maximize resources and foster collaborative interactions, the department has established four research focus groups: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary physiology, Immunophysiology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology. In most cases, faculty have research interests that fall under more than one group. Research programs in these groups investigate their respective topics through integrating studies at the isolated tissue or cellular level to whole organ or animal function. Programmatic strengths of these groups include an actively shared system of well-equipped laboratories and excellent support personnel, mutually supportive technical and conceptual expertise, and interrelated but diverse extramural funding sources.

Career options available with an advanced degree in anatomy or physiology include academic positions in various animal and human health science-related institutions such as Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, as well as positions in industry and agribusiness. For information on graduate work, courses, and faculty, please see Anatomy and Physiology .

Clinical Science

Quality graduate education is a priority for the Department of Clinical Sciences. Strong basic and applied research programs enhance the teaching and service commitments. Most of the Clinical Sciences faculty dedicate significant time and effort to research initiatives. Research collaboration is readily available to Clinical Sciences faculty, both within the College (Departments of Anatomy and Physiology and Pathobiology) as well as throughout the University. Traditional research partners have been the Departments of Animal Science and Industries, Biochemistry, Dairy Sciences, Meat Sciences and the Center for Basic Cancer Research in the Division of Biology. These alliances provide a broad range of expertise that can be drawn on to answer basic and applied research questions.

Clinical Sciences in one of the disciplinary foci of the Masters of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Degree. Many graduate students seeking a Masters with a focus in clinical sciences are also enrolled in clinical residency training programs or a dual degree (DVM-MS) program. Doctoral training opportunities are available to Clinical Sciences faculty and their candidates contingent upon faculty membership in, and collaborative relationships with, the graduate faculties of the Pathobiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Animal Science and Industries programs.

For more information on graduate work, courses, and faculty, see Clinical Sciences .


The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology includes faculty involved in the study of the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathogenesis, and prevention/control of infectious and parasitic diseases of animals and humans. In addition, the Department has faculty with expertise in topics related to food safety and security, public health and zoonosis. Opportunities exist for advanced graduate work after the Master’s degree include the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the areas of bacterial and viral pathogenesis, clinical and anatomic pathology, epidemiology, immunology, parasitology, toxicology, and food safety and security.

The Pathobiology graduate program of the Department is a multi-disciplinary program. It is sufficiently diverse to provide the critical mass and cross-disciplinary interactions necessary to offer high quality graduate training, yet focused enough to avoid dilution of resources and conflicts with other graduate program. The scope and flexibility of the graduate program is a notable strength. The diversity of academic programs and broad expertise of the faculty provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction. As such supervisory committees for the graduate students can custom design graduate training programs which address the interests of individual students. Collectively, the faculty in the Pathobiology Graduate Program has a history of successful extramural funding from both federal and industry sources to support graduate training programs and produce research which results in scientific publications of high quality. Many of our graduates have become successful researchers in academia, pharmaceutical and biological industries, private veterinary practice, federal agencies and diagnostic lags. The graduates have also been highly competitive for high quality postdoctoral research positions which allow them to continue their research training.

The Diagnostic Laboratory, housed in the Department, was established in 1961 and is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Diagnosticians. The laboratory has more than 50 employees who provide services to the veterinary teaching hospital, veterinary profession and animal industries of Kansas and surrounding states. The Diagnostic Laboratory is internationally recognized for its diagnostic capabilities for many important diseases of food and companion animals. Laboratories and support staff address all aspects of diagnosis from necropsy and histopathology, clinical pathology, serology, toxicology and infectious agents detection. Annual submissions to the laboratory exceed 100,000. Residency training in anatomic and clinical pathologist is fully integrated into the service activities of the laboratory. The Department houses the internationally recognized rabies laboratory that provides rabies diagnostic services for both humans and animals. The laboratory also provides information regarding disease occurrence for public health agencies, Federal and State regulatory officials, and the animal industry.

For information on graduate work, courses, and faculty, please see Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology 

Programs offered

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) 

Doctor of Philosophy
Pathobiology (Ph.D.) 
Physiology (Ph.D.) 

Master of Science
Veterinary Biomedical Science (M.S.) 

Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)  

Graduate Certificate
Stem Cell Biotechnology Graduate Certificate  

Professional DVM Certificate
Food Animal Veterinary