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