Students are offered courses that provide a framework of fact
and theory on which they can build. Course subjects include
macroscopic anatomy, microscopic anatomy, neuroanatomy,
neurobiology, embryology, developmental biology, genetics, cell
biology, ultrastructural anatomy, epidemiology, food safety, food
toxicology, public health concepts, and comparative medicine.
The department has a long history of high-quality instruction as
evidenced by the very numerous teaching awards that faculty have
won at both the university and national levels, as well as the
teaching and research awards their graduate students have won.
The curriculum for graduate students is broadly designed to meet
the needs of the individual student. Faculty members believe that
graduate students should be reasonably proficient in all areas of
anatomy or public health. The degree plan of each graduate student
is formulated with this in mind.
Texas A&M is one of the world's major research universities,
and VIBS operates in that tradition. Our flexible programs are
easily tailored to each student's aptitudes, skills, needs, and
career aspirations. We provide graduate students with the
opportunity to obtain a comprehensive education in biomedical
sciences with areas of emphasis in neuroscience, reproductive
biology, mammalian genetics, cellular and molecular toxicology,
veterinary epidemiology and public health, and to focus their
training on state-of-the-art scientific research. Young scientists
who wish to pursue detailed and focused research, while at the same
time having the base to realize the broader, whole-animal
significance, will be the most productive in advancing the use of
their findings toward benefits to humans and animals.
We strive to create a collegial atmosphere among professionals,
which includes graduate students. Students are encouraged and
expected to interact freely with fellow students and faculty,
including faculty who are not on a given student's official
committee. In addition to the help provided by the official
graduate committee, all faculty are available for counseling and
technical assistance. Students are encouraged to participate in the
graduate student organizations of the College of Veterinary
Medicine and of the University at large. While the graduate
student's main goal should be to obtain a quality graduate
education and the departmental goal is to provide the student with
opportunities to do so, we must not forget to take the time to
learn from each other.
Student suggestions and ideas for improvement are always
welcome. Graduate students are considered an important part of the
departmental team and are encouraged to voice creative ideas for
the improvement of departmental teaching and research programs.
Graduate students also are encouraged to attend and participate in