College of Veterinary Medicine

Instruction and clinical opportunities are provided in a wide variety of domestic species, including food animal, equine, and companion animals. The College sustains a vibrant, diverse faculty by encouraging advancement through personal and professional development and research, creating an academic community of competent, caring, ethical professionals, where cooperative learning, public service, and scholarship can flourish.

Faculty Spotlight


Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor Yvonne Drechsler, PhD, has received a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to functionally annotate the chicken genome, which has wide-ranging implications for better understanding of genetic factors influencing growth, reproduction and disease resistance in production. More…


Previous Faculty Spotlight.

CVM Announcements

2019 Westernu 2nd one health day panel + one health day events

In celebration of Annual One Health Day, which promotes efforts around the world to bring together all human, animal, and environmental health disciplines, WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine presents its 2nd WesternU One Health Day Panel on November 1-2, 2019. Click here to view more information on the events that will take place!



WesternU and UCSD Joint Vertical Aerial View

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) will host the 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium on July 31 – August 2, 2020. This event, which is being held at the UCSD campus, is the premier annual scientific colloquium which showcases research accomplishments by veterinary students completing summer research internships. It provides an opportunity for students participating in the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars program to present their research findings by oral and/or poster presentation. 


For more information about the upcoming 2020 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium click here.


To view past National Veterinary Scholar Symposiums click here.


Dr. Tracey McNamara – Keynote speaker at Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

Dr. Tracey McNamara, Professor of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, was invited to give a keynote address at the second Call to Action on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Accra, Ghana. The governments of Ghana, Thailand and the United Kingdom, with the United Nations Foundation, World Bank, and Wellcome Trust, in partnership with the UN Inter-Agency Coordination Group (IACG) on AMR brought together representatives from government, WHO, FAO, OIE, academia and others to explore how to strengthen engagement and collaboration across governments, civil society and private sector. The conference supports the work of the Interagency Coordination Group as it prepares to report back to the UN Secretary General during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

Watch Dr. Tracey McNamara keynote address!


CVM Features

Student Spotlight – Athena Kepler

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CVM 2019 student Athena Kepler has received a $45,000 AQHF (American Quarter Horse Foundation) Margaret A. Haines Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible by the late Margaret A. Haines, a passionate and vocal supporter of the health and well-being of horses. This scholarship promotes the funding of cutting-edge research which includes the control and treatment of laminitis, the study of immunizations and vaccines for infectious diseases, and genetic and musculoskeletal injury treatment. More…




WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine provides care to neglected animals

Neglected Animals

Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and students are volunteering to help animals removed from a sanctuary under investigation for neglect. More…






We are interested in collaborating with practitioners on clinical studies, identifying clinical trial subjects and supporting intern/resident projects. 





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About the College

About the College

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences was established in 1998 as the first new college of veterinary medicine in the United States in more than twenty years, and stands as a new paradigm in veterinary medical education more…







The WAVE Program

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Reverence for Life Commitment promises that animals will not be harmed in our teaching programs. More…



November 1-2, 2019:
2nd WesternU One Health Day Panel + One Health Day Events
Click for more information.


April 4, 2020:
15th Annual Vet Med Open House Event
Click here for more information.


July 31 – August 2, 2020:
National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
Click here for more information.


WesternU Pet Health Center

WesternU Pet Health Center

The WesternU Pet Health Center offers companion animal care, pet wellness services and other outreach programs serving the community. Find out more…

WesternU Spay/Neuter Center-East Valley

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The WesternU Spay/Neuter Center is a high quality high volume spay/neuter and wellness teaching center serving Van Nuys and surrounding communities. Find out more…

CVM Career Center

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You are looking for a job opportunity or you want to advertise your job opening, get on the Veterinary Career Network (VCN).

CVM Strategic Plan Unveiled

The WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine unveiled a five-year Strategic Plan.


Discover the future of the CVM.


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For information about how to support the College of Veterinary Medicine, please contact the Director of Development,

Tim McPheron: (909) 706-3762 or at tmcpheron@westernu.edu.