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Shannon Washburn

Clinical Associate Professor


Phone: (979) 845-1993

Mailstop: 4466

Department: VTPP

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The Veterinary International Leadership Program (VILP) is a four year international studies program for students in the veterinary professional curriculum. VILP is an educational partnership between Texas A&M, Tufts, and the University of Padova. Each year, twenty veterinary students are selected for the program: 8 incoming vet students to TAMU, 4 incoming vet students to Tufts, and 8 first year vet students at the University of Padova. These students attend six week workshops each summer for the first three years of the program and then complete clinical assignments during the fourth summer. The schedule for these workshops is as follows: First Summer - Physiology Workshop in College Station, Second Summer - General Pathology Workshop in Padova, Third Summer - Public Health and Food Safety Workshop in Padova, and Fourth Summer - Clinical Assignments in College Station.

BIMS Study Abroad - Biomedical Science majors have the opportunity to take three courses while studying in Padova, Italy. Eight to ten undergraduates are selected for this 6 week study abroad program. Courses offered include: Biomedical Physiology I (VTPP 423), Pharmacology (VTPP 425), and Famous Italian Medical Scientists (VTPP 485). BIMS students will attend lectures (labs) with first year and second year veterinary students at the University of Padova. BIMS students will be required to return to Texas A&M University at the end of the six weeks and complete the final four weeks of the Biomedical Physiology I course.


Dr. Shannon Washburn is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Texas A&M University that recently received a $1.5 million grant to fund research on placental adaptation to maternal malnutrition. The grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Scholarly Interests

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) mechanisms; neuroimaging, biomarkers and nutritional interventions for FASD; clinical medicine; anesthesia; pharmacology; pathophysiology; teaching methods and learning in the professional program

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