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Positively impacting people and animals across South Carolina

Elevating Lives

There has never been a better time to establish a new College of Veterinary Medicine in South Carolina. With the unprecedented growth of the human-animal bond and the changing face of animal agriculture, efforts to spearhead the new college's mission and vision are critically important as we aim to achieve even greater heights of excellence for the University. Recent studies prove that ample qualified candidates are applying to veterinary colleges, yet there are not enough seats across the country to accommodate students' desire to become veterinarians. The Clemson College of Veterinary Medicine will create new opportunities to improve South Carolina's economy, retain top talent and protect animal and human health while serving our communities. We are excited you are here to learn more.

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Dr. Steven Marks

This is an exciting time to be a part of Clemson. I’m honored to have the opportunity to play a part in positively impacting the people and the animals within the state.

Dr. Steven Marks
Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine

About the College of Veterinary Medicine

Clemson University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will be the first in South Carolina. Upon accreditation, the College of Veterinary Medicine will leverage the University’s existing animal health programs and infrastructure to create a veterinary medicine workforce to fill a statewide shortage of veterinarians.

Timeline and Background

January 2023 – A feasibility study released to support the development of the new college found:

  • 33% of South Carolina counties have fewer than five veterinarians.
  • 48% of the state’s counties have fewer than 10 veterinarians.
  • Nearly 200 South Carolina students were actively enrolled at 13 veterinary colleges outside the state (2022).

March 2023 – A search began for the founding dean of College of Veterinary Medicine.

June 2023 – The Board of Trustees officially approved the development of the new College of Veterinary Medicine. The University’s strategy positions Clemson as a national leader in veterinary education and research while supporting the University’s land grant mission.

The approval followed the completion of the FY24 state budget that included landmark funding to develop the new college and significant support from the state of South Carolina.

July 2023 – Clemson University named Dr. Steven Marks founding dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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Future Plans - 2024

The College of Veterinary Medicine releases two renderings of the state's new veterinary college.

An architectural drawing of the CVM buildings.
An architectural drawing of the CVM buildings.

An architectural drawing of the CVM buildings.

Read More on Clemson News

Rendering of the Clemson University College of Veterinary Medicine
Rendering of the Clemson University College of Veterinary Medicine

Rendering of the Clemson University College of Veterinary Medicine.

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COWBEL CORE Membership

Clemson College of Veterinary Medicine became one of the most recent academic institutions to receive a COWBEL CORE membership. The Consortium of Workplace Based Education and Learning (COWBEL) is a group of international veterinary colleges and universities that provides students real-world clinical learning opportunities using a distributed clinical year model.