About us

Serving the Minnesota community

The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has served the community for more than a century. It is the most advanced, full-service referral care center for large and small animals in Minnesota.

Two vets with a dog on a tableThe University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center is the nation’s busiest veterinary teaching hospital, treating more than 35,000 companion and 4,000 large animal cases annually, with specialists available in all areas of medicine and surgery.

We also provide consultation and services for veterinarians, and have trained many of Minnesota's veterinarians and veterinary medicine professionals.

Minnesota's most advanced, full-service referral care center for pets, horses, and farm animals

More than 50 of the veterinarians on staff have undergone several years of additional training to become board-certified specialists in a particular area of veterinary medicine.

With 16 specialty areasstate-of-the-art equipment such as a 3-T MRI, CT, and linear accelerator, and 24/7 availability, the Veterinary Medical Center is here to help with especially complicated cases. 

The Veterinary Medical Center is comprised of:

Lewis Small Animal Hospital
For dogs, cats, and other companion animals

Large Animal Hospital
Treats farm animals, and occasionally, zoo animals

Piper Equine Hospital
For horses, located at the Leatherdale Equine Center 

West Metro Equine Practice
General ambulatory care in the Maple Plain area