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Diversity in the Professional DVM Program

DVM Program diversity graph

The Professional DVM Program focused on advanced training of students in core competencies of veterinary medicine and surgery.

For the class enrolled in Fall 2014 (Class of 2018); M/F = 21/79%. The age range of the class is 21-41 years with several second career individuals. The Texas A&M class has 21% underrepresented minority (URM) students, the highest percentage in historical memory. URMs at our peers: PEER 1 = 23%, PEER 2 = 18%, and PEER 3 = 31%.

Hispanics are the largest proportion (60%) of the URMs in the class, representing nearly 13% of the class. This is the largest number of Hispanic students in a DVM class in the U.S.: PEER 1 = 4.3%, PEER 2 = 10%, and PEER 3 = 11.3%.

* The current class ranks 5/30 in the U.S. for URMs. This is up from 7th in 2013 and tied for 10th with 4 other schools in 2012. The average URM population in the entering class across the U.S. is 16%.

Data Engagement: Not only have we focused on increasing URM representation, we have continued to work hard on other attributes including accepting students with visible and invisible disabilities into the Professional DVM Program. Physical accommodations were made in several classrooms, and one additional gender-neutral restroom was added for a total of ten throughout the CVM. Special attention was given to these issues in the new education complex due to open in 2016. We have worked to expose the DVM students to individuals with a variety of special needs so that they are fully prepared to serve society. For the second year at the CVM Open House, pre-opening guided tours were provided for special needs children and their families. An ASL interpreter was also provided at this student-run event. A required rotation at the Houston SPCA ensures that each of our students address animal welfare, socioeconomic, and legal issues related to working within a diverse population in the fourth largest city in the U.S. Over the past year, student leadership positions have included the national president of SAVMA, an AVMA Governmental Relations intern, an AVMA Congressional Fellow, and a Marshall Scholarship winner. The AAVMC has a Director for Diversity who advises our students and administration on best practices and collaborative events.

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