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Overview

Our Mission

At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), we support collaboration and teamwork that develops today's discoveries into proactive solutions for the benefit of animal, environmental, and public health, through our teaching, research, and service.

One Health Initiative

We are committed to the One Health Initiative, and we embrace our responsibility to the health of animals, humans, and the environment.

Our Signature & Highlighted Programs

Our college's strategic plan has been developed around the concept of "signature programs," areas central to veterinary medicine and biomedical research wherein the college plans to build the nation's number one programs. Some of the programs are college-wide, while others fields have been identified by the faculty for signature program status-fields identified as exceptionally productive programs. Many of these programs represent collaborations in the CVM, across campus, across Texas, and throughout the nation and the world.

Our Achievements

  • Pharmacology and Physiology is ranked as as one of the top 10 physiology departments nationally
  • Michael E. DeBakey Institute is home to the most undergraduate research opportunities on campus
  • The CVM is an integral partner in the recently established Equine Initiative at Texas A&M
  • Collaborations with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are helping to advance diagnostics and treatments in neurology and oncology
  • Researchers in the Pathobiology department were the first in the nation to confirm the cause of proventricular dilatation disease (PDD), a fatal neurological disorder that affects mainly captive parrots
  • The Integrative Biosciences department is home to four teaching, six research, one outreach, and one administration university-level AFS Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards
  • Biomedical Sciences graduates count for approx. 31% of Aggies and 1/15 of Texans in medical school, as well as approx. 37% of Aggies and 1/10 of Texans in dental school

Veterinary Medicine:

A View of Our Profession in the USA and Texas

We are the only College of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Texas!

  • Ranked in top 5 nationally

A National Shortage of Veterinarians

  • Shortage affects all disciplines

A Critical Need for Veterinarians in Public Health Areas

  • Shortage over next 20 years will be >15,000
  • USDA: Food Safety & Animal Disease Control
  • Biosecurity & Homeland Security
  • Research on domestic & foreign animal diseases
  • Public health service & animal diseases affecting humans
  • Rural communities & urban centers without veterinary services
  • Wildlife disease control
  • Animal care & welfare
  • Laboratory animal care & research

Current National Circumstances

  • 86,000 veterinarians
  • 2,500 veterinary graduates per year
  • 28 CVMs with no growth in size in 20 years
  • No increase in federal funding in 30 years
  • State support continually decreasing
  • $50 Million loss in support of veterinary education nationally due to economy-related budget reductions

Economic Impact of Animal Industries in the USA

  • Horses ~ $39 billion
  • Cattle ~ $451 billion
  • Pets ~ $38 billion

Economic Impact of Veterinary Medicine in the State of Texas

  • $1.72 Billion (total output effects)
  • $32 Million directly to state in business taxes

Compared to other states, Texas has...

  • The #1 Cattle Population
  • The #1 Horse Population
  • The #2 People Population

All statistics based on Spring 2010 unless where noted otherwise.