The Department of Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences has
three major missions: education, patient care, and scholarship.
Each of these activities is intended to improve the quality of life
for companion animals and their owners. Faculty and staff in the
department participate in all four years of the professional
curriculum, although most interactions with students occur in the
third and fourth years. The department offers a one-year internship
program for the newly graduated veterinarians, and three-year
residency programs in several clinical disciplines for
veterinarians seeking advanced training and board certification.
Faculty and staff contribute frequently to continuing education
programs offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Scholarly programs of the faculty are centered mainly on the
study of the spontaneously occurring diseases of the patients
presented to the Small Animal Clinic. Investigative programs are
active in anesthesiology, animal behavior, cardiology, clinical
nutrition, dermatology, feline internal medicine, gastroenterology,
general surgery, G.I. Lab, internal medicine, neurology/
neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, and orthopedic and soft
Approximately, 14,500 animals are presented to the Small Animal
Clinic for advanced diagnostic procedures and state-of-the-art
treatment methods. Faculty, staff, and fourth-year students
participate as a team in the care of these patients. Many of these
patients are referred from veterinarians throughout Texas and the
region, so that they may receive the benefits of the unique
expertise and diagnostic and therapeutic technology offered by the
Small Animal Clinic.