College of Veterinary Medicine

Looking to the Future


Clemson’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) took center stage at the Board of Visitors Spring meeting. Founding Dean Steven Marks provided an update on work so far to build the brand-new college. The curriculum has been approved by Clemson, facility design plans are nearly finalized and faculty and staff hiring is ongoing. The Dean was also able to announce a scholarship endowment created for one of our future veterinarians. 

“It was an honor to spend time with the Board of Visitors,” said Marks. “They were a supportive audience who asked wonderful questions at the end of the presentation. We are making great progress in bringing the college to life, and I can’t wait to provide another update soon.” 

Support for students and top-tier faculty was a major point in the presentation. The CVM’s goal is to provide scholarship support for every student in its inaugural class and to endow faculty positions in four areas to attract and retain high-quality educators.  

Dean Marks surprised the crowd and Mary Bradley by announcing a founding scholarship endowment given to CVM and named in honor of Mary Hare Bradley. Phil and Mary Bradley are among Clemson’s most generous donors. Phil Bradley ’65 has served Clemson in many volunteer roles and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2021. Mary Bradley was named Honorary Alumna in 2015. Mary has been a dedicated and enthusiastic member of the Clemson Family since the day she married Phil while he was a student here. Phil wanted to create a scholarship endowment that would honor Mary’s love and passion for animals and the work of veterinarians.  

“The CVM has an aspirational goal to provide a scholarship to each of our first 80 students,” said Marks. “On behalf of our future students, I am grateful to Phil and Mary Bradley for their leadership and commitment to scholarships. Their generosity and support significantly contribute to our students’ academic success.” 

The accreditation process for CVM continues with a consultative visit from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) this week. This is one of several important steps on the path to accreditation.  Spring is certainly an exciting time for the college as we aim to enroll our first class of students in 2026, pending accreditation.  

Dean marks provides a CVM update to the Board of Visitors
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