Vision and Mission

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Shelter Medicine

Vision and Mission

Faculty & Staff



Animals in Focus



The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program will be recognized as a forerunner and continued leader in shelter medicine through excellence in teaching, service, and research.


The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine Shelter Medicine Program is committed to providing an unsurpassed learning environment while being recognized as a leader in teaching and training in the profession. We dedicate ourselves to the advancement of shelter medicine and veterinary medicine as a whole through excellent teaching, community service, and quality research. We will honor the heritage of our program while pursuing innovative solutions to challenges in our profession.  We will uphold honesty and accountability for ourselves and our colleagues. 

Teaching Excellence

We will create a superior learning environment for our students by employing qualified staff, communicating effectively, and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment. We are committed to teaching population management, biosecurity, protocol development and high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgery.


We will work to strengthen the human-animal bond and support community animal shelters.  We will support the relationship between animal shelters and local veterinarians. We will help shelters combat pet overpopulation through high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter.

Quality Research

We will develop research that advances veterinary education, shelter medicine, and veterinary   medicine as a whole.

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Dr. Margaret Khaitsa, College of Veterinary Medicine professor of pathobiology and population medicine, has been honored by the Pan African Medical Journal read more here

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dean-jakSince the College of Veterinary Medicine’s establishment in 1974, we have made it our responsibility to provide a higher standard of living not just for animals and those involved in animal agriculture, but for all Mississippians.

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