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Impact on our College

Impact on Students

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) focused on increasing underrepresented minority (URM) student representation in recent years. Our data shows an increase of the underrepresented population in the Professional DVM Program. The program had the largest Hispanic entering class in the nation and we couldn’t be more proud to have these impressive students choose Texas A&M University.

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Notable Awards of Students from Diverse Backgrounds

Impact on Faculty

The CVM is dedicated to recruiting a diverse population of faculty and staff. Differential tuition provided $1,112,684 to address salary inequities at all faculty levels through merit–based salary adjustments. Indeed, we moved assistant professor salaries from 25/28 to 19/28 and Associate Professors from 22/28 to 13/28 in 2014. The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) has a longstanding career ladder for technical staff.

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Notable Awards of Faculty from Diverse Backgrounds

Notable Events Promoting Diversity

  • PEER Veterinary Students Promote STEM and Diversity in Public Schools: (link to rest of story below in green)Our veterinary students have been busy lately spreading the word about veterinary medicine. They have presented to 1,992 students and 70 teachers at 12 public schools on topics such as “Careers in Veterinary Science,” “Human Impact on Wildlife,” “Cell Theory and Taxonomy,” “Comparative Anatomy,” “Life as a Veterinarian,” and “Animal Behavior”. In mid-June, students traveled to San Antonio to present to over 100 high school students and spent the afternoon with a SeaWorld veterinarian.
  • Texas A&M veterinary students advocate for federal legislation on Capitol Hill: (link to rest of story below)DVM students Sarah Genzer and Jennifer Le recently traveled to Washington DC to participate in the American Veterinary Medical Association's 2014 Legislative Fly-in. It was an opportunity to learn more about our government and meet with members of Congress on issues important to veterinary medicine.
  • On February 7, 2014, Dr. Debbye Turner spoke at College Hour and at the CVM Bridges Academy before speaking on campus at the Enhancing Diversity Seminar. (link to rest of story below)Dr. Turner, a DVM, television anchor, and former Miss America, also recently delivered our commencement address. For those of you unable to attend College Hour (or who would like to see it again), recordings are now available on the CVM Media Server ( under the College Hour tab on the home page.
  • 4VMs complete Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Bucket Challenge: (link to rest of story below)Our 4VM students took the Ice Bucket Challenge in memory of a beloved professor, Dr. Timothy Cudd, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, in 2012. They challenged all of the graduating classes at the other SEC veterinary colleges to do the same! (link video)
  • Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors (PALS) Program: (link to rest of story below) The Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) and Meals on Wheels and More have partnered to create Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors (PALS), which provides veterinary care free of charge to participants in the Meals on Wheels program.
  • SPCA rotations for veterinary students: (Spotlight story link here)