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CVM Hallmarks

  • Established in 1916 to serve the Texas agriculture, livestock, and cattle industry; the only college of veterinary medicine in Texas.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 of all colleges of veterinary medicine nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
  • One of the largest colleges of veterinary medicine nationally with over 527 DVM students [entering freshmen classes of approximately 132 students].
  • As of May, 2013, College has graduated 7,100 DVMs which comprises over 7% of veterinarians nationally.
  • Veterinary student graduation rate is greater than 95%.
  • Veterinary student pass rate for the National Board of Veterinary Examiners is consistently greater than 95%.  Also, the pass rate of residents on their AVMA-recognized Veterinary Specialty Organization certifying examination for specialty board certification is one of the highest in the nation.
  • Veterinary student pass rate for State of Texas Boards is consistently greater than 95%.
  • The undergraduate Biomedical Sciences Program (BIMS) is the largest degree granting undergraduate program at Texas A&M University, with a student enrollment exceeding 1,840.
  • BIMS students make up a large portion of Aggie students admitted to Texas medical (29%), dental (26), and veterinary schools (51%).
  • The BIMS program has partnered with 13 junior colleges in the State of Texas to create 2+2 admissions agreements that facilitate the admission and academic transfer of qualified students from these junior colleges into the BIMS program.
  • The CVM's Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) is home to many collaborative research efforts which incorporate the use of spontaneous animal models into clinical trials of new drugs and devices. It is one of the few good laboratory practice [GLP] large animal facilities in the nation. TIPS’ imaging capabilities are among the best in the world.
  • CVM researchers have cloned more species than anywhere else in the world (cat, cow, deer, horse, goat, and pig).   The first cloned horse in North America was born at Texas A&M University.
  • Home to the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Sciences, the CVM is a national leader in cardiac device research.
  • The Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences has one of the longest term inter-agency agreements between 2 state agencies – the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (approximately 40 years) – providing veterinary care to the massive farm operations for the TDCJ [approximately 1,500 dogs; 1,400 horses; 25,000 swine; 15,000 cattle; and 300,000 poultry]
  • In collaboration with the Texas Heart Institute, the CVM launched the $14 million Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology which included a $3 million matching state investment through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.
  • The Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology is ranked as one of the top 10 physiology departments in the nation.
  • Researchers in the Schubot Exotic Bird Center in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology were the first in the nation to confirm the cause of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), a fatal neurological disorder that mainly affects captive parrots.
  • The Texas A&M CVM PEER Program (Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health), housed in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, provides state outreach to K-12 students to stimulate interest in science and technology. Through this program last year, CVM scientists reached over 125 teachers and 136,000 students, including over 71,000 minority students.
  • Senior DVM students participate in a required clinical rotation in animal welfare and shelter medicine at the Houston SPCA, the largest animal sheltering organization in Texas.
  • In 2010, 23% of the papers at the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction came from Texas A&M University.
  • The economic impact of veterinary medicine in the State of Texas was estimated to be $3.85 billion in 2011.
  • Student scholarship support during FY2013 exceeded $1.4 million, and every qualified member of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students and approximately 38% of the incoming class received at least one scholarship.
  • College is home to VET – the Veterinary Emergency Team—the first emergency response team in the state and the largest in the nation dedicated to responding to animal needs in a disaster.
  • Six former students from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have served as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  [Willis Armistead ’38,  Dan Anderson ’38, Alton Hopkins ’54, Leon Russell ’65, Bonnie Beaver ’72, and Larry  Kornegay ‘69]
  • During the Spring of 2014, the CVM will dedicate phase I, a $35million component of the $80 million Texas A&M Equine Complex.
  • The CVM will break ground on a new $120 million Veterinary Medicine Building on April 30, 2014.  Another major initiative involves the planned renovation of the receiving, lobby and pharmacy area for the Small Animal Hospital.

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

  • Was the first teaching hospital to receive the prestigious American Animal Hospital Referral Practice Accreditation, placing it among a select group of veterinary practices committed to meeting the highest standards in veterinary medicine.
  • In September 2011, the VMTH dedicated a $11 million Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center, providing Texas A&M with the most comprehensive imaging capabilities in the nation.  The Center is one of two veterinary facilities in the nation to offer tomotherapy for cancer treatment and the only one to accommodate large animals.
  • The VMTH has served animals referred from approximately 2500 veterinarians in 164 Texas counties and from 36 states outside of Texas.
  • In 2013, the VMTH received greater than 24,500 client visits and provided care for greater than 92,000 animals; the hospital’s annual revenue, which contributes to CVM’s funding enterprise, is in excess of $15 million per year.