Position Announcement

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) Campus

The faculty at the Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) Program, a collaborative partnership with Texas A&M University (TAMU) College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, TX, is seeking applicants for multiple graduate student positions at the master’s or PhD level. The VERO partnership maintains a highly active research program, allowing students opportunities for pursuing graduate training related to a variety of areas, including animal health and production, infectious diseases, microbiology, microbial ecology, food safety, immunology, epidemiology, statistics, and data science.

The VERO Program is an exciting new multi-institutional, interdisciplinary collaborative initiative that is located in the heart of one of the most productive animal agricultural regions in the world (https://vetmed.tamu.edu/vero/). The Texas A&M System has invested nearly $90 million in new facilities in Canyon, Texas to promote the future of agriculture and animal health in the region. These include the new state-of-the-art TAMU VERO Center, the WTAMU Agricultural Sciences Complex, and a new Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

VERO partners, including researchers from TAMU, WTAMU, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have strong research programs addressing important problems of practical significance to cattle and other livestock industries including, the control and prevention of infectious diseases and the promotion of sustainability and efficiency of production practices. Successful candidates will be enrolled within the Systems Agriculture PhD program or the Masters of Science in Agriculture program concentrating in Animal Science at WTAMU (https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/college-agriculture-natural-sciences/department-agricultural-sciences/programs/graduate/agriculture-graduate-program-phd-ms.html) but additional courses from other institutions may be added based on specific projects or student goals.


Applicants are required to have completed a bachelor’s or equivalent college degree by the date of hire and should have a background that is appropriate for the research program the student wishes to pursue. It is critical that all VERO team members have a strong work ethic, and a desire and ability to work in a team atmosphere. Additionally, the students must possess strong communication skills (both written and oral) and be well organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and communicate effectively. It is a strong expectation that VERO students will support each other to promote the program’s mission, and must have strong positive interpersonal skills. The stipend is commensurate with prior education and experience.

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file that includes a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and a letter of interest. This letter should describe scientific interests and career goals, a statement of why they are suitable for this program, and explanation of how their background makes them appropriately suited for these training programs. Applicants should submit this single PDF document via email to Ms. Jaye Hawkins (jehawkins@tamu.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. Applicants are encouraged contact Dr. Paul Morley, (pmorley@tamu.edu), Dr. Sarah Capik (scapik@tamu.edu), or other VERO team members listed below prior to submission (https://vetmed.tamu.edu/vero/team/).

Some VERO Team Members that may have graduate assistantship opportunities available:

Sarah Capik, DVM, PhD: scapik@tamu.edu
Ty Lawrence, PhD: tlawrence@wtamu.edu
Loni Lucherk, PhD: llucherk@wtamu.edu
Paul S. Morley, DVM, PhD, DACVIM: pmorley@tamu.edu
Tommy Perkins, PhD, PAS: tperkins@wtamu.edu
John Richeson, PhD: jricheson@wtamu.edu
Kendall Samuelson, PhD, PAS: ksamuelson@wtamu.edu

Equal Opportunity

Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences affirms and supports many different dimensions of diversity, and we are fully committed to ensuring a climate of inclusion where all our faculty, students, and staff are empowered to achieve their full potential.

West Texas A&M University and the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences are committed to hiring the person most qualified for the position with equal treatment and access for all applicants, including affirmative action for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values. The Texas A&M System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


June 5, 2020