College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine
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5/18/1940 New dairy barns dedicated

State College's new dairy barns were dedicated as part of the college's first annual Livestock Day. Located near the State Fairgrounds, the dairy barns eventually became a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Funding for construction came from the Public Works Administration.

NC State Dairy barns, when dedicatedNC State Dairy barns, when dedicated


1978 School of Veterinary Medicine established
February 1979 Terrence A. Curtin named dean

Curtin becomes the first dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine (later College). He served in the position until 1992.

Terrence M. Curtin at his retirementTerrence M. Curtin at his retirement


8/27/1981 First Veterinary Medicine classes

NC State's new School of Veterinary Medicine holds classes for the first time; initial enrollment is 40 students, selected from 126 applicants.

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1986 First PhD degrees awarded by the School of Veterinary Medicine

The School of Veterinary Medicine awarded its first PhD degrees to Melinda Hollingshead in August and Cathy Carlson in December of 1986.

1987 Schools became colleges

Eight of the university's academic schools were designated as colleges.

1989 Meg Sutherland-Smith awarded DVM

Meg Sutherland-Smith awarded doctorate from College of Veterinary Medicine. She had previously earned a Master of Science. She later became senior veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo and a pioneer in neonatal care of giant pandas.


1990 David E. Anderson awarded DVM

David E. Anderson awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He had previously received a Bachelor of Science degree. He later became a professor at Kansas State University and a specialist in veterinary care of alpacas and llamas.

1990 Dr. Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf join CVM

In 1990, Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf joined the CVM faculty in the Department of Microbiology, Pathology, and Parasitology. Dr. Kennedy-Stoskopf was well-known for her role as the first woman veterinarian at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the first full-time woman faculty member specializing in zoological medicine in North America.

1992 Oscar J. Fletcher becomes dean

Fletcher serves in the position until 2004

1996 Krista La Perle awarded DVM

Krista La Perle was awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. She had previously received a Bachelor of Science degree. She later became director of Ohio State University's Comparative Pathology and Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource, a center that supports pathology investigators utilizing animal models to study human diseases.


2004 Warwick A. Arden named dean

Arden serves in this position until 2010, when he becomes provost.

Provost Warwick Arden at Obama speechProvost Warwick Arden at Obama speech
2005 College of Veterinary Medicine Research Building opens


2010 College of Veterinary Medicine History
2010 David Bristol, interim dean

Bristol is interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 2010-2012..

2010 Terry Companion Veterinary Medical Center opens
2012-2022 Dr. Paul Lunn served as dean of College of Veterinary Medicine


2022 First woman appointed Dean of CVM

Dr. Kathryn Meurs was the first woman appointed Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the inaugural recipient of the Randall B. Terry, Jr. College of Veterinary Medicine Endowed Dean’s Chair.