Veterinary Medicine General Information


K-State Veterinary Medicine Study Guide


A career in veterinary medicine may appeal to you if you are interested in medical research, pets, wildlife activities, and domestic livestock of all species. A doctor of veterinary medicine has prestige in the community, independence, a position in a highly regarded profession, interesting work, and the satisfaction of contributing to the welfare of society.

The profession offers many opportunities for both self-employment and salaried work, including:

  • Private practice working with production animals or companion animals. 

  • Government service with state, federal, or foreign assignments in disease control, meat inspection, public health, and animal research. 

  • Armed forces careers as veterinary medical officers in charge of disease control, food inspection and sanitation, and basic research. 

  • Teaching and research in veterinary or human medical schools and other departments of colleges and universities. 

  • Industry positions in research, development, production, and sales of medicinal and food agents for both human and animal use. 

  • Extension veterinary medicine responsible for communicating information to practicing veterinarians, people in the livestock industry, and owners of companion animals. 

  • Specialty practices caring for zoo and exotic animals and with individual species such as cats, horses, pet birds, poultry, swine, or fur-bearing animals.

Degrees Offered


DVM Degree: The doctor of veterinary medicine degree is awarded following the successful completion of a minimum of 64 hours in pre-professional requirements and four years in the professional curriculum.

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine is a four-year program with three years of pre-clinical classroom instruction followed by one year of clinical training in the Veterinary Health Center. Students have many opportunities to hone their veterinary skills through mentorships, internships and externships. Graduates of the doctoral program in Veterinary Medicine will: demonstrate competency in knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, aptitudes and behaviors in the practice of medicine and surgery applicable to a broad range of species in the context of ever-changing societal expectations and life-long learning.

For more information on the DVM Degree Program curriculum and objectives at Kansas State go to:


Concurrent DVM/PhD Degree Program: Scholarships are available to students who have been admitted to the concurrent DVM/PhD program at Kansas State University.  The program provides the opportunity for students to pursue several career options beyond the traditional DVM degree.  Areas of graduate training include comparative medicine, infectious disease, clinical/production medicine, and others. Participants can pursue graduate research training at Kansas State, cooperating USDA laboratories and other qualified academic institutions. 

For more information on the Concurrent DVM/PhD Degree Program curriculum and objectives at Kansas State go to:


Graduate Degrees: The College of Veterinary Medicine offers several graduate degree programs. See the Graduate Programs website at for more information.


Early Admission Program:
The Early Admission Program provides a guaranteed admission opportunity for high school seniors when they enter K-State.

See the Early Admit Program web page for more information at:


Residency Status

To be considered as an applicant in the Kansas pool of candidates, the applicant must be a Kansas resident for tuition purposes at the time of application to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Contact the Director of Admissions, Kansas State University, 119 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, 785-532-6250, for further clarification of residency information.

A North Dakota contract provides five positions for certified North Dakota residents.

At-large positions are available including qualified international students.

Local Information


For more information about veterinary medicine, contact:
Associate Dean for Admissions
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
101 Trotter Hall
1700 Denison Avenue
Manhattan, KS 6650-5601
Fax: 785-532-5884
E-mail: |

For general information about Kansas State University, contact:
Director of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102
E-mail: |