College at a Glance

Established in 1978. The college is a leading biomedical teaching and research center and the in-state veterinary college for residents of Virginia and Maryland. Locations include the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Maryland.

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Parent universities

Unique among veterinary colleges in the U.S., the college is operated by two land-grant universities:

  • Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia - the most comprehensive university in Virginia is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.
  • The University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland - the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities.

Academic programs

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program– a four-year full-time professional program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree
  • Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences program - a Virginia Tech graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree
  • Master of Public Health program - a Virginia Tech graduate program administered by the college’s Department of Population Health Sciences leading to the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree
  • Dual degree programs – The college offers DVM/PhD and DVM/MPH degree programs.


  • Our hospitals and large animal field services treat a combined 79,000 animals annually.
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia - provides primary and specialized medical care and large animal ambulatory field services to animals residing in the Blacksburg area and referred by practitioners in the region.
  • Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia – a full-service equine hospital which offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services.


Current enrollment includes approximately:

  • 480 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students

    Allocation of seats per class: 50 Virginia residents, 30 Maryland residents, 40 at-large applicants, including up to six West Virginia residents

  • 100 Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences graduate students
  • 130 Master of Public Health students
  • 30 Interns and Residents

Faculty and staff

  • In Virginia facilities: approximately 130 faculty & 340 staff members

    For teaching, research, and support services in classroom, clinical, and laboratory environments

  • In Maryland facilities: 13 faculty & 10 staff members

    For research, advising Maryland pre-vet students, and supporting the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine


  • The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA COE). The last AVMA COE site visit was in 2014 and the next visit is scheduled for 2021.
  • The college is fully accredited by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International, most recently in 2017.
  • The Master of Public Health program was first accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2013, and reaccredited in 2018 for a 7-year term through 2025.
  • The Small Animal Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia marked 25 years of accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Accreditation (AAHA) in 2013.
  • The Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services (ViTALS), became the first diagnostic laboratory in Virginia to receive full accreditation from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) in 2017. This accreditation is through 2021.
  • Virginia Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award doctoral, masters, baccalaureate, and associate degrees.
  • View accreditation details.


The college conducts a broad spectrum of basic/molecular and translational/applied research which aims to better understand diseases that afflict both humans and animals, and to develop vaccines and innovative cures. Research strengths are focused in core areas of:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Host defense responses (immune and inflammatory responses)
  • Regenerative medicine

The college's clinical research program involves both:

  • Primary research focused on advancing the treatment and diagnosis of diseases through animal clinical trials
  • Comparative research in which spontaneous diseases in animals can be used as models of human disease


  • Charter DVM class of 64 students graduated in May 1984
  • Alumni society has grown to more than 2,900 members
  • Alumni serve in veterinary hospitals, specialty practices, academic institutions, federal government agencies, research laboratories, international health organizations, the military, and law enforcement agencies, and can even be found in the halls of Congress.