The South Dakota State University Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine is designed to prepare future veterinarians to serve in critical roles across the spectrum of animal health, environmental health and public health.
The new program is made possible through a formal cooperative agreement, in which SDSU students admitted into the professional program complete the first two years of their veterinary medical education at South Dakota State University and then transfer to the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine (UMN CVM) for the final two years of study. Once students complete the required pre-veterinary curriculum, they can apply for a place in the Professional Program.
The four-year DVM program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. Throughout the four-year professional educational continuum, students will learn multiple skills and acquire the expertise and knowledge necessary to become successful veterinarians. The faculty at both SDSU and UMN CVM are nationally and internationally recognized for teaching and research excellence. Additionally, South Dakota and Minnesota's dynamic and extensive agricultural enterprise enhances the possibility for students to experience a wide variety of food animals as well as food animal production systems. Although our robust professional curriculum will prepare our veterinary students for a wide variety of careers across the spectrum of veterinary medicine, our professional program will concentrate on food animal and mixed animal practice.