The Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC) provides education to veterinary students and practitioners through a cooperative agreement between Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Nebraska and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. The teaching program is primarily in food animal health and production management of beef cattle.

Large livestock populations are available 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.

Students participate in week-long rotations, gaining valuable hands-on experience in addition to lectures. Rotations are scheduled to coincide with the busiest times for animal herd medicine.

GPVEC gives student veterinarians the tools required to help livestock producers meet 21st century challenges.