June 2016 Deans Corner
Bo Connell Named Assistant Dean of Hospital Operations of the VMTH

Bo Connell Named Assistant Dean of Hospital Operations of the VMTH

Mark Bomon “Bo” Connell has been selected as the assistant dean of hospital operations at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at the CVM. In this role, he will serve on the CVM’s Executive Committee, chair the VMTH Hospital Board, and work closely with Departments of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Pathobiology.

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Griffin Joins Texas Veterinary Medical Center

Griffin Joins Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center

As the CVM celebrates its centennial year, the college is excited to announce its newest landmark faculty hire as part of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center (TVMC) partnership at West Texas A&M University (WT). Dee Griffin, DVM, M.S., will serve as director of the TVMC at WT.

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Posey Aids Efforts at WT

Posey Supports Partnership with West Texas

The CVM is pleased to announce that Dr. Dan Posey has been named academic coordinator for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center (TVMC) at West Texas A&M University (WT). Posey will focus on implementing and supporting the partnership between the CVM and WT.

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VMTH Performs Cataract Surgery on Penguins from Moody Gardens

VMTH Performs Cataract Surgery on Penguins from Moody Gardens

Three chinstrap penguins from Moody Gardens recently visited the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. They had cataract surgery performed by Drs. Lucien Vallone and Erin Scott from the CVM’s recently launched ophthalmology service. Their visit garnered visits from local media, and they were featured in The Eagle.

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Graduation

Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to the 130 veterinary students who graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences on May 11. Their achievement was honored at a ceremony held in Rudder Auditorium.

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Dr. James Herman Receives A Presidential Professor of Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. James Herman Receives a Presidential Professor of Teaching Excellence Award

The CVM is pleased to announce Dr. James Herman, clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP) at the CVM, has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2016 Presidential Professorships for Teaching Excellence.

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  Banu Named Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar

Banu Named Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar

Dr. Sakhila Banu, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) at the CVM was named a 2016-17 Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar.

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Study Reveals the Underlying Genetic Diversity of One of the World’s Most Abundant Fish

A study published in eLife and led by Dr. Leif Andersson, professor at Texas A&M University and Uppsala University in Sweden, revealed the underlying genetic diversity between various groups of Atlantic herring.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores Tours the CVM

U.S. Representative Bill Flores Tours the CVM

U.S. Representative Bill Flores visited the CVM on May 3. The CVM was honored to host Congressman Flores’ first tour of the CVM’s facilities.

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Senator John Cornyn’s Staff Visit the CVM

Senator John Cornyn’s Staff Visit the CVM

Representatives from the office of Senator John Cornyn recently visited the CVM. They toured the VET trailers and the Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center.

 
First 360-degree Virtual Reality Video for Veterinary Education Developed

First 360-degree Virtual Reality Video for Veterinary Education Developed

As part of the CVM’s commitment to transformational learning, the Center for Educational Technologies is beginning to apply the virtual reality headset to veterinary medical education.

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BIMS Students Honored with Gathright Awards

BIMS Students Honored with Gathright Awards

Three BIMS students received the Thomas S. Gathright Scholar Award, a university-wide award that honors high-achieving sophomores, juniors, and seniors in each college. BIMS students Ashley Polasek, David Hardin, and Madeleine Pohlmann each received a plaque at a ceremony held at the CVM on May 4.

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CVM Picnic

CVM Picnic

CVM faculty, staff, and students attended the CVM Picnic on May 20 at the Lameness Pavilion. There, they enjoyed each other’s company, barbecue, and ice cream.

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Roussell Spoke at Texas Bison Association Meeting

Roussel Spoke at Texas Bison Association Meeting

Dr. Allen Roussel spoke at the Texas Bison Association spring meeting on May 6. The event was hosted by Dr. James Derr. The Texas Bison Association works to promote and preserve Texas bison through leadership, education and building public awareness for the bison ranching and meat industry.

 
Council for International Veterinary Medical Education Established

Council for International Veterinary Medical Education Established

Embracing an opportunity to help advance the quality of global academic veterinary medicine, the AAVMC has established a new Council of International Veterinary Medical Education.

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Veterinary Emergency Team Provides Support for Warrior’s Weekend Event

Veterinary Emergency Team Provides Support for Warrior’s Weekend Event

Team members from the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team deployed to Port O’Connor, TX to provide support for the 10th Annual Warrior’s Weekend. The event is a fundraising fishing tournament that supports veterans who were wounded in service to their country.

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CVM Students Receive Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation Scholarships

CVM Students Receive Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation Scholarships

Five veterinary students at the CVM were awarded scholarships from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation. Supporting these students, who plan to work in large animal medicine and support rural communities, aligns with the CVM’s Serving Every Texan Every Day Initiative.

     
Texas A&M University Hosts NASAAEP Annual Summit

Texas A&M University Hosts NASAAEP Annual Summit

Five veterinary students at the CVM were awarded scholarships from the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation. Supporting these students, who plan to work in large animal medicine and support rural communities, aligns with the CVM’s Serving Every Texan Every Day Initiative.

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Logan Serves as Distinguished Panelist at First U.S–Africa Relations Conference

Logan Serves as Distinguished Panelist at First U.S–Africa Relations Conference

On April 26, Dr. Linda Logan served as a distinguished panelist at the First U.S–Africa Relations Conference, which is organized and sponsored by the Ustawi Biomedical Research Innovation and Industrial Centers of Africa, Inc. She will present on One Health in the session called, “The Role of Interdisciplinary, Intercollege, and International Collaboration to Conquer Grand Challenges in Global Health.”

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One Health Bench to Shop Students Complete Capstone Project

One Health Bench to Shop Students Complete Capstone Project

On May 23, three students—two dual MBA/MD students and one dual MBA/DVM student—presented their capstone project as part of Texas A&M One Health’s Department of Homeland Security program known as Bench to Shop.

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Follow the Progess of our New Complex Online

Follow the Progess of the VBEC Online

You can view the latest state of the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) online. The webpage allows for a time-lapse video of construction.

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Canine Conference
August 26-28, 2016

Reunion: Class of '76
October 1

Emergency & Critical Care Conference
October 22-23, 2016

Cargill Equine Nutrition
November 5, 2016

VBEC Grand Opening
November 11

Centennial Fundraiser
December, 2016

Anesthesia & Analgesia Conference
Dec. 9-11, 2016


Centennial Website



BIMS student Cassie Weyland was named an Outstanding Junior by the Texas A&M University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest and largest interdisciplinary honor society in the United States. She and eight other students from each college at Texas A&M received a $500 scholarships and plaques.

The CVM Communications Team has been recognized with the 2016 American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Communications Excellence Award. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium, a plaque, and public recognition. It will be presented during the annual meeting of the Association of Veterinary Advancement Professionals on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

Jennie L. Lamb, a graphic designer in CVM Communications and president of the Brazos Valley chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), has been honored with an invitation to serve as a member of the IABC Credentials Committee, which oversees protocol, delegates, and voting requirements for the meeting. Jennie has also been invited to take part in the Global Communication Certification Council’s (GCCC) job task analysis.

Veterinary students Marilyn Conner and Nicholas Kiefer received the Robert Wiggs Dental Scholarship, which includes a $1,000 scholarship and funds up to $1,500 each to attend the Dental Forum Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Winners of the Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Program from Texas A&M were: Erin Black, Anthony Blanco, Marilyn Conner, Linda Cummins, Jessica Czerny, Heritage Hill, Kristen Horsley, Ieva Jansky, Robin Jones, Meahan Ryan, Elizabeth Vielma, Laura Waltzer, David Wilbur, Samuel Wilinson, and Jiajie Jessica Xu.

Dr. Joerg Steiner was voted president-elect of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s Small Animal Internal Medicine specialty. He will assume the presidency in 2018.

Rachel Curtis has been chosen as the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) – Merck Outstanding Graduate Student for 2016. She was nominated by Dr. Sarah Hamer. Rachel will present a paper at the conference and will receive reimbursement of the AAVP expenses necessary to attend the annual AAVP meeting. She will also receive an engraved plaque, and a monetary award of $1000 provided by Merck. The AVAP will hold its 61st Annual Meeting at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, August 6-9, 2016. Congratulations Rachel on this well-deserved recognition.

Dr. Linda Logan, professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and director of International Programs at the CVM, was recently honored by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with an with a 2016 Alumni Achievement Award.