March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Dr. Jane Welsh, Dr. Jianrong Li, and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research community at Texas A&M University have given informal presentations of highly complex research findings pertaining to MS to the Brazos Valley Multiple Sclerosis Patients Support Group (BVMSPSG) for 19 years at their annual Saturday morning “English Tea.” At these events, students help community members learn about the latest research findings in MS and provide an opportunity for those with MS to offer their suggestions about future research. In the June issue of CVM Today, patients and students who attend these meetings will share their perspectives.

In this month of MS awareness, please take time to learn more about MS and about all we are doing in the college to make positive change here and around the world.




SEF Awards $15,000 to Texas A&M Veterinary Medicine Student

Daniel Brown, a fourth year student, was selected to receive the Simmons Educational Fund (SEF) National Business Aptitude Award, which is given to bring attention to the importance of business education in veterinary practice.  This year’s case study was to present a new, modern marketing plan for a veterinary practice and Brown’s exceptional response was chosen from those of 30 national and international candidates.



Texas A&M veterinary students advocate for federal legislation on Capitol Hill

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. 



Dr. Presnal to speak about the Stevenson Center

Dr. Presnal will be giving a talk at the Kookaburra Pet Shop on March 25. You can also catch him on the Ultimate Pet Resolution Summit on March 20. 



“Animal Connections” Comes to College Station

“Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” a custom-built exhibition housed on an 18-wheel truck that expands into 1,000 square feet of space, was at Texas A&M University on
Feb. 20-21.



One of the things I enjoy most about being the dean is having an opportunity to share some of the good things happening in the CVM with Aggie Moms Clubs, Lions Clubs, and other groups. Most recently I was the keynote speaker at the WISE (Women and Science in Engineering) conference, which the CVM and VIBS helped sponsor. Dr. Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni moderated the WISE Conference panel discussion, and attendees had very positive comments about their experience. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on the challenges women face in preparing for and pursuing successful careers.



Solving the need for veterinary services in smaller communities in Texas has been a point of interest of the college, animal owners, and the livestock industry for some time. This is not an easily solved issue, but for the last several years members of our college—including Allen Roussel, Dan Posey, Kenita Rogers, and Tom Hairgrove—have been meeting with veterinarians, representatives of the livestock industries, and others. Meredyth Jones has agreed to pull together the results of these many discussions and add her stamp for a coherent plan for our college. Thank you, Dr. Jones, for your work on this important issue!


The TVMA met in College Station again this year. Many of our faculty members are actively involved, including Dr. Dan Posey, who is a member of the Executive Committee as a Chairman of the Board, and over 200 veterinary students attend the TVMA. We value our relationship with our state veterinary association and enjoy this opportunity to strengthen ties.


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. 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.


Thank You

Thank you to Heather Quiram and Sam Wigington for all their hard work on the new Veterinary and Biomedical Education Complex. The architects have finished their plans and the project has gone out for bid.  The bids close on March 20, 2014, and there has been much interest from construction firms and contractors.

Read a student’s perspective of the exciting improvements

March 2014 Facilities Updates

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
March 423

Spring Break
March 1014

Undergraduate Research Mini-Symposium
March 19

Learning from the Past: Civil Rights in the Post-9/11 Era
March 20

SCAVMA Symposium at Colorado State University
March 2022

Student Research Week
March 2428

CVM Open House
March 29

Congratulations to the following faculty members whose Formula Animal Health proposals were recently awarded funding:

Waithaka Mwangi
Renata Ivanek
Suresh Pillai
Blanca Lupiani
Kevin Cummings
Guan Zhu
Tom Welsh
Jan Suchodolski
Angela Arenas

Congratulations to:

Dr. Glen Laine
the new Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University. The Board of Regents dropped “Interim” from his title on Feb. 17.

Congratulations to:

Odeliah Bouganim
the winner of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award for Texas A&M.

What is Veritas?

Veritas is a groundbreaking online continuing education partnership utilizing the latest web-based technologies to bring veterinarians media-rich, uniquely interactive clinical resources. For more information, contact Dr. Jodi Korich or go to to see the course catalog. 

Veterinary Medicine Development
4461 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843

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