Colorado State graduate programs rank among nation’s best

A veterinary student evaluates a foal, as a veterinarian supervises.

Colorado State University’s veterinary school is one of the top programs in the country, according to the newly released U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate School edition.

CSU’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program is ranked No. 3 in the new ranking of veterinary training programs released today. The magazine rates veterinary schools every four years, and the CSU program has held a spot among the top three vet schools in the country for at least two decades.

“We’re proud and humbled to be recognized as one of the very best veterinary schools in the world, and we’re pleased to help represent overall excellence in teaching, research, outreach and clinical services at Colorado State,” said Dr. Mark Stetter, a veterinarian and dean of CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

‘Critical role’

photo of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital
The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

“Veterinary medicine has a central role in supporting the health of livestock, horses, wildlife and pets, animals that are essential to our lives and livelihoods,” Stetter said. “Our profession has a critical role in improving the health of animals, people and the environment. It is exciting to see the impact our college makes in so many ways and in so many places.”

Colorado State’s four-year DVM Program, founded in 1907, maintains an enrollment of about 550 veterinary students. Those in the first and second years of the program build knowledge in foundational science and progress to learn of disease and clinical management of patients. These students also receive early training in animal handling, ethics, surgical techniques and communication. Students in their third and fourth years develop their clinical skills through general veterinary medicine and specialty rotations at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories and the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Many of CSU’s faculty are world-renowned for their teaching, discoveries and animal care.

The DVM Program recently has increased student services in the areas of career development, wellness and financial services to support students in their career transitions. The program is expanding international and other unique learning opportunities, with new veterinary partnerships near Todos Santos, Mexico, and in Alaska, for instance. It also stresses the role of veterinary medicine in translational research, which provides new knowledge to benefit both animal and human health.

More rankings

researchCSU’s occupational therapy program was sixth in the country in the most recent ranking for that discipline, in 2012.

The part-time MBA program in CSU’s College of Business is the top program of its kind in the state, ranking No. 48 nationally. CSU’s College of Engineering ranked No. 71 and has several fields ranked in the top 50 in the country: Biological engineering (No. 27), civil engineering (No. 37) and environmental engineering (No. 38).

“Colorado State University continues to be recognized as an excellent environment for research and graduate education in a host of areas important both locally and globally,” said Rick Miranda, provost and executive vice president of CSU. “We are delighted that students from near and far are studying in our graduate programs, reaching the frontiers of knowledge with our faculty, and very often going a bit beyond the frontier too.”

Several other CSU colleges and programs also made the top 100 in the rankings:

  • MBANo. 75 Biological Sciences
  • No. 63 Biomedical Engineering
  • No. 62 Chemical Engineering
  • No. 49 Chemistry
  • No. 62 Computer Engineering
  • No. 70 Computer Science
  • No. 77 Earth Sciences
  • No. 66 Electrical Engineering
  • No. 73 Math
  • No. 72 Mechanical Engineering
  • No. 70 Physics
  • No. 31 Public Health
  • No. 42 Statistics
  • No. 60 Social Work
  • No. 84 Sociology
  • No. 67 Systems Engineering