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About the College

Distinguishing Hallmarks

  • The CVM broke ground on our new $120 million Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex on April 30, 2014. Another major initiative involves the planned renovation of the receiving, lobby and pharmacy area for the Small Animal Hospital.
  • Ranked among the Top 10 of all colleges of veterinary medicine nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
  • As of May, 2013, College has graduated 7,100 DVMs which comprises over 7% of veterinarians nationally.
  • In September 2011, the VMTH dedicated a $11 million Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center, providing Texas A&M with the most comprehensive imaging capabilities in the nation.  The Center is one of two veterinary facilities in the nation to offer tomotherapy for cancer treatment and the only one to accommodate large animals.
  • In 2013, the VMTH received greater than 24,500 client visits and provided care for greater than 92,000 animals; the hospital’s annual revenue, which contributes to CVM’s funding enterprise, is in excess of $15 million per year.

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Academic Departments

The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences consists of five academic departments: Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, and Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Each department is administered by a department head, who is responsible to the Dean of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for all programs assigned or developed in the department, including teaching, research, extension and service.

Hospital

A Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is operated within the college to provide clinical laboratories for the veterinary medical educational program.

Teaching

The college awards degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Several internships and residencies are also available.

Undergraduate

Our Biomedical Sciences undergraduate program (BIMS) is the largest degree-granting undergraduate program at Texas A&M University, with an official enrollment of 1,858 students in 2013, 27% of whom are first-generation college attendees. The BIMS undergraduate program prepares students to work in a variety of human and veterinary medical fields. Undergraduate BIMS students made up a large portion of Aggie students accepted to medical (30%), dental (29%), and veterinary schools (51%). Although our college does not have a pre-veterinary undergraduate degree, the BIMS program is an option to prepare for entrance into the DVM program.

Graduate

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) offers doctoral degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Pathobiology and master’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology & Public Health, Laboratory Animal Medicine, and Science and Technology Journalism. Students pursuing a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology & Public Health, or Science and Technology Journalism may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis track.

The CVM’s largest graduate program is Biomedical Sciences (BIMS). Students can earn BIMS master’s or doctoral degrees through any department in the CVM.

The Departments of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) and Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) each offer additional programs of study. VIBS offers two master’s degrees: Epidemiology & Public Health and Science and Technology Journalism.

There are also interdisciplinary programs with close ties to the CVM through which students may pursue a master’s or doctoral degree. These programs include: Interdisplinary Faculty of Toxicology, Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience, and Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology.

Professional DVM Program

The DVM degree curriculum is a four-year post-undergraduate program composed of three years of classroom study with a final year of clinical rotations. It is designed to give future veterinarians a solid base in disease recognition and clinical competency.

Research

An extensive research program in animal health and disease is conducted by the faculty and staff of the college, and a substantial number of the teaching faculty members are engaged in research. Research disciplines include:

  • Biomedical Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics Biomedical Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics is the study of the genetic mechanisms underlying various phenotypes and conditions of interest impacting animals and humans. Studies currently underway at CVM investigate inherited diseases, genetic mechanisms modulating diseases, natural genetic resistance to diseases, host-pathogen interactions, genetic regulation, cellular processes and responses, and evolution in several domestic and wildlife species.
  • Physiology, Pharmacology, and Cardiovascular Sciences uses unique translational research models to enhance insight and understanding of several physiological processes in both animals and humans. Researchers in the Michael E. DeBakey Institute have served a central role to integrate multi-departmental research within the cardiovascular program that has led to key patents.
  • Infectious Diseases, Biodefense, and Immunology faculty members focus on threats posed to human health by livestock-borne diseases and promote development of new and innovative ways to defend against disease outbreaks. The diverse and internationally acclaimed faculty employ advanced technologies to understand natural genetic resistance to common agricultural pathogens as well as generate vaccines and transgenic biomedical models to aid in understanding novel and reemerging organisms.
  • Neuroscience, Anatomy, and Functional Imaging faculty members focus on both cutting-edge basic research and clinically-relevant translational research conducted at macroscopic to ultra-microscopic levels and including mechanisms, diagnostics, and potential treatments of neurological, neurodegenerative, and neurodevelopmental disorders. The college is equipped with state-of-the-art whole body functional imaging facility including a tomotherapy unit, an X-ray computed tomography (CT) Scanner, and a 3-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit.
  • Reproductive Biology, Development, and Epigenetics studies a number of areas including horse fertility, cloning animals, the epigenetic mechanisms controlling gene expression during early embryonic development, and the underlying causes of infertility and pregnancy loss. Efforts are also directed to better understanding factors controlling fertility, fetal development, and pregnancy as well as the mechanisms by which environmental agents influence these processes.
  • Toxicology, Environmental Health Science, and Food Safety faculty members focus on the detection and characterization of toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and alcohol in various cells or organ systems; investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms linking these toxins to neurodegenerative diseases, developmental defects, reproductive dysfunction, and cancers; and detecting and detoxifying hazardous food-borne and environmental chemicals and pathogenic microbes.
  • Oncology, Cell Biology, Stem Cell Research, and Microscopic Imaging faculty members work in oncology, cell biology, and stem cell research and aims to translate results into treatments and cures for diseases. Researchers utilize various cellular and molecular models by employing state-of-art microscopic imaging methodologies to explore mechanism-governing diseases.
  • Epidemiology and Public Health faculty members are actively engaged in studying the frequency, distribution, and control of diseases in both animal and human populations. They draw upon their expertise in medicine, biology, biostatistics/biomathematics, and social sciences. Areas of research include zoonotic diseases, surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, international veterinary medicine and public health, food safety, biodefense, and the ecology and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Translational and Applied Clinical Research involves looking at the scientific underpinnings of normal and diseased animals and then translating findings into the development of better preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic treatments. This sort of work is a natural fit for the CVM and its more than 20,000 clinical cases and valuable
    samples for research. The animal hospital offers researchers examples of the critical issues in veterinary medicine and which diseases and conditions are most in need of investigation.

Outreach & Service

Our college have several programs for outreach and service.These programs include: