|9. (tie) University of Georgia
The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (UGA), founded in 1946 with 44 students, now enrolls 102 veterinary students every year, though more than 550 apply. The college boasts 159 faculty members and has been led by Dean Sheila Allen—the veterinary school’s first female dean—since 2005.
UGA earned full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2006.
The school offers a doctorate in veterinary medicine and post-doctoral training for interns and residents. A college-wide interdisciplinary master’s degree in veterinary and biomedical science is also available, as well as a dual-degree DVM-Master’s of Public Health and the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training (DVM-PhD) programs. UGA also offers post-graduate degrees for DVMs in avian and food-animal medicine. Other doctoral degree programs include physiology, pharmacology, pathology, parasitology and infectious diseases.
Additionally, the UGA features the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, and the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study.
To educate the next generation of veterinarians, UGA also utilizes computer-assister learning systems involving the Internet and 3-D real-time interactive media. Continuing education courses also are available to keep practicing veterinarians up-to-date on the new information in the profession.
UGA is the only public veterinary college with a certification program in international veterinary medicine. Research initiatives at the college focus on infectious disease, vaccine research, wildlife diseases, parasitic diseases, equine colic and poultry medicine.
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