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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

Working to meet the needs of Veterinarians and Veterinary Students


Welcome to the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC). The GPVEC is working to meet the needs of veterinarians and veterinary students who are facing the challenges of a rapidly changing profession. Our most important objective is to give undergraduate veterinary students and graduate veterinarians the tools required to help livestock producers meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) provides education to veterinary students and practitioners through a cooperative agreement between Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska, and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). The teaching program is primarily in the food animal health and production management of beef cattle. Large livestock populations are available at the USMARC which serve as a major teaching resource, allowing students to participate in routine individual animal health care as well as specific herd activities that are part of the yearly livestock production cycle.

The GPVEC also provides numerous quality continuing education seminars to practicing veterinarians and livestock specialists. To promote the veterinarian-producer partnership concept, producers are welcome to join their veterinarians at many of the seminars.

The Production Medicine Residency Program available at the GPVEC for veterinarians with two or more years of food animal practice experience provides in-depth interdisciplinary training in beef production and economics. Veterinary graduate students may complete a distance MS through this program.