The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS) at Oklahoma State University is serving Oklahoma as the only college providing veterinary medicine education in the state.


The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is made up of a community of professionals committed to graduating highly skilled veterinarians prepared to serve societal needs which span animal, human, and environmental health and welfare; to lead the nation in basic and applied biomedical research to discover the answers which may lead to cures for diseases we currently are unable to manage; and to provide the best veterinary services to our clients and referring veterinarians through both primary and specialty veterinary care. The role veterinarians play goes far beyond the private practitioner, although this is what most people are familiar with due to the restorative and preventive healthcare their pets and production animals need.

Our purpose is to serve the people of Oklahoma with their animal care needs. The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is made up of a complement of medical facilities: the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, and the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. In addition, Center facilities include the Veterinary Medicine Ranch, specializing in Equine and Bovine Breeding and Reproduction Services, the Equine Research Park, the Wendell Wallace Bovine Research Facility, and the Cohn Family Shelter for Pets.


Areas of Impact

When you make a gift to the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University, you are helping to provide state-of-the-art veterinary medical resources that serve the citizens of Oklahoma, the nation and the world. Below are just a few of the funds that help make a difference in the lives of our students and faculty at the CVHS.

  1. Veterinary Medicine Fund for Excellence 28-82000
  2. Vet Med Teaching Hospital Fund 28-83300
  3. Dr. Roger Panciera Project Fund 28-94550
  4. OSU Animal Relief Fund 28-97650

Schools and Departments

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
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Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
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Department of Physiological Sciences
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Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
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National Center for Veterinary Parasitology
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Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
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Meet the Dean

Dean Dr. Carlos Risco

Dean Dr. Carlos Risco

Dr. Carlos Risco received his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Florida and advanced clinical training as an intern in private dairy practice at the Chino Valley Veterinary Associates in California. He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. From 1982 to 1990, he was a full partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nine-veterinarian dairy practice. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

Dr. Risco has authored 72-refereed publications, 32 proceeding articles, and 12 book chapters. In 2011, Dr. Risco with Dr. Pedro Melendez edited the textbook Dairy Production Medicine published by Wiley – Blackwell that is available in English and Japanese. Dr. Risco has given more than 100 presentations nationally and internationally. His clinical assignment in dairy cattle reproduction and production medicine involves herd health programs, assessment of reproductive performance and individual animal medicine. His main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows. In addition, he has published extensively on the toxicological effect of gossypol from feeding cottonseed products to pre-ruminant calves and lactating dairy cows.

Dr. Risco received the Large Animal Clinician of the year award by the graduating class of 1992 and 1994, and in 1996 he received the Daniels Pharmaceutical Young Clinical Investigator award from the graduate school faculty at the University of Florida. He received a Fulbright Scholar Grant in 2004, and in 2005, the Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher and Alumni Awards from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Also, in 2005 he received the University of Florida Blue Key Award for distinction in teaching and research. In 2007 he received the teacher of the year in Large Animal Medicine award by the class of 2008.

For more information about giving opportunities for the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, contact Heidi Griswold.


Grateful Client Giving Program

The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS) Grateful Client Giving Program is a donor recognition program that is designed to actively engage clients of the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Hospital. Without the support of generous clients, you and your animal would not be able to receive the high quality, compassionate care that the Veterinary Medical Hospital is able to provide.

The goal of the Grateful Client Program is to continue to raise support for the CVHS and to recognize donors who have dedicated their giving to the hospital. When clients give through the Grateful Client Program, they honor those who have touched their lives, while supporting outstanding patient care at the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital.

Meet Linda, a Grateful Client of OSU

Linda Wheeler came to tears the first time she saw Romano. The 6-month-old kitten, a stray who popped up in the yard of the Tulsa woman’s sister, bore a striking resemblance to a cat Wheeler had recently lost.

The only difference was Romano’s perfect heart on his nose. Was it a sign? After all, it turned out that his heart had a hole in it, which was leading to congestive heart failure. But Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Hospital came to his rescue with a first-of-its-type-in-Oklahoma procedure.


OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital staff with Linda & Romano

Dr. Ryan Baumwart, veterinary cardiologist, and Dr. Danielle Dugat, small animal surgeon, of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital, collaborated on the surgical procedure. “The procedure hadn’t been done in Oklahoma,” Wheeler says.

“It turned into a little bit of a guessing game,” Baumwart says. We had to give Romano some drugs to keep the pressures up to avoid kidney damage and at the same time try to adjust the pressures as Dr. Dugat placed the band around the artery.”

“Our hospital faculty, staff and students are extremely appreciative of our wonderful grateful clients who provide us support through their gifts. The gifts allow our hospital to purchase new state-of-the-art equipment, improve and renovate a 35+ year old hospital, and enhance our student’s training in their clinical year of veterinary school. Without support from our clients, many of these projects would not be possible. For that, we all say thank you to our grateful clients.”Dr. T. Mark Neer, DVM Director, OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital

“Everything went the way it was supposed to because we all had our plan and everybody stuck to the plan,” Dugat says.

“That incision looks wonderful. You guys did great,” Wheeler says. “Thank you so much. Thank you so much.”


Romano the cat

The procedure performed on Romano will allow him to live a longer, healthier life. The only alternative would be to have (very rare) open-heart surgery to correct the hole in his heart.

“To see such joy in an owner’s eyes when the procedure you perform is successful makes this a fulfilling profession,” says Dugat. “I could not have had the confidence I needed in performing this procedure for the first time if it was not for an owner who was willing to hand over the life of her baby into my hands. More so, developing a plan before surgery and understanding every individual’s important role to the success of the surgery made the execution seamless.”

Click here to choose a fund for a service that has personally touched you and your animal’s life or support a student in their journey to become a veterinarian.

For questions about Grateful Client giving, contact Chris Sitz, Senior Director of Development at or 405-385-5170.

Heidi Griswold

Senior Director of Development & Team Lead
Division of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources,
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

P 405.385.5656
C 405.332.3370
Chris Sitz

Senior Director of Development
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

P 405.385.5170
C 405.657.6805