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College of Veterinary Medicine

Strategic Plan
College of Veterinary Medicine
Kansas State University
101 Trotter Hall
1710 Denison Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66506


Strategic Plan 2017-2019

Progress Update as of April 2018 for the Strategic Plan

In April 2016, the College of Veterinary Medicine launched a comprehensive Strategic Planning initiative, to develop a new vision for our future. The college initially surveyed all faculty, staff and students, in addition to alumni and other external stakeholders.

The resulting ~1,000 responses identified six critical areas which were reviewed in depth by Strategy Focus Teams. Following further feedback, these teams’ recommendations were prioritized and adopted in January 2017 as the college’s Strategic Priorities to guide our decisions over the next three years.

For an in-depth look at the new mission, vision and strategic priorities, click here for a special presentation to CVM faculty by former dean Dr. Tammy Beckham and interim dean Dr. Bonnie Rush. Click the following link for a PDF of our official Strategic Plan booklet.


Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to the advancement of health and welfare of animals, people, the environment, and the veterinary profession through excellence in teaching, research, service and outreach.

We are committed to a professional degree program with broad training opportunities across a comprehensive range of companion and exotic animals, and livestock species. Our focus is on initiatives that address important societal needs at a local, national and global level.


Exceptional teaching. Impactful research.

Outstanding service. Extraordinary graduates.

Strategic Priorities

Extraordinary Graduates

Dr. T.G. Nagaraja and students
  • Focus on providing clinical experiences and skills in all years of the DVM curriculum
  • Enhance critical thinking, problem solving and clinical reasoning
  • Develop students’ competence & confidence through peer-peer learning, and opportunities to provide service to under-served communities
  • Accelerate enhanced student recruitment to attract outstanding students to KSU

Exceptional Teaching & Enhanced Learning

Tortoise CT
  • Invest in resources & provide promotion opportunities to enable every CVM educator to excel
  • The Administration and the Curriculum Committee will implement structural changes to the curriculum, driven by the strategic priorities and accreditation requirements; faculty will determine improvements to course content
  • Use mapping to create a seamless curriculum

Lower Cost of Education for DVM Degree

Students learning from students

To support the long term-sustainability of the veterinary profession, address student debt-load and enhance their well-being we will aggressively identify steps to significantly reduce the aggregate cost of education for students earning a DVM degree at KSU. We shall:

  • Create an efficient financial plan to maximize the impact of our resources
  • Increase the college’s scholarship endowment as our No. 1 development priority
  • Evaluate options to reduce the time to obtain a DVM degree, to contribute to reducing cost of education, without impacting quality

Outstanding Food Animal Programs

Dr. Matt Miesner

Differentiate KSU CVM through highly coordinated world-class Food Animal programs, with an emphasis on cattle, to attract students, faculty, staff and funding

  • Increase FA education opportunities, through curricular flexibility.
  • Using enhanced outreach, expand opportunities with practices, producers, ranchers, and state/federal government agencies.
  • Focus on applied and impactful research that is responsive to local, national and international food-related issues

Responsive, Collaborative Research Enterprise

Pipette in lab
  • Target collaborative research opportunities and funding in areas of animal infectious disease, food safety and security, and comparative translational medicine
  • Make strategic hires to enhance the college’s responsiveness to relevant animal and human global health issues
  • Conduct an external review of the college’s graduate programs
  • Identify and support biomedical research opportunities for DVM students
  • Map & optimize college research resources: skills, techniques, equipment, & space

Societal Impact Through Service & Outreach

Canine exam
  • Deliver programs that translate knowledge and discovery to achieve local, national and international impact
  • Provide exceptional service using state-of-the-art technologies
  • Create a dedicated veterinary extension program, in collaboration with the College of Agriculture

A Culture of Respect & Collegiality

Equine eye exam
  • Promote A College Wide Culture of mutual respect and collegiality, among faculty, staff and students, which is assessed annually
  • Foster a culture of diversity and inclusion at the college
  • Create a new Staff Council, to advocate for all staff in the college
  • Provide opportunities for professional growth and development for all employees
  • Create and implement innovative staff merit, recognition & appreciation programs