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June 10, 2011

  • The Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System has approved differential tuition for the DVM program, as well as for programs in three other colleges on the College Station campus. This increase in tuition for the DVM program will take effect in the Fall of 2012. The college and students were well represented at the Board meeting by both current and incoming DVM students. They were articulate and professional and gave very influential presentations. Each and every student who attended open forums or provided written opinions, regardless of their position, was important in the process. As we go forward with discussions regarding the use of differential tuition funds, we will ensure that we maintain strong and active student representation on the differential tuition task force. In determining the actual increase amount, our goal was for our tuition + fees to remain below the national average, such that the excellent education of our students at Texas A&M continues to be a bargain, and that our student debt at graduation remains below the national average. The funds created by this increase will directly benefit our students by preserving the high quality education that Texans expect and deserve. Discussions regarding the use of these funds will include, but not be limited to, the maintenance of high impact hands-on learning experiences, the recruitment and retention of our excellent faculty, and assurance of the highest quality, state-of-the-art hospital and diagnostic equipment for the benefit of our students.
  • According to Dr. Loftin's Campus News & Notes email from May 25th, the Texas House and Senate conference committee members on the appropriations bill have made their recommendations regarding higher education and are working to vote the printed bill out of committee later this week. The full House and Senate planned to vote on the final bill this past weekend. Even though we do not have specific appropriations numbers regarding Texas A&M, we remain cautiously optimistic -- based on the across-the-board recommendations -- that we have adequately planned for the upcoming budget reductions we are likely to face. We will keep you informed of any developments regarding this critical piece of funding.
  • We are fortunate to have received funding from the Patterson Foundation to support graduate education and/or advanced training here at the CVM. The newly funded Patterson Minority Fellowship has been created to support a veterinarian pursuing either a PhD or a three-year residency. Applications were invited from veterinarians belonging to underrepresented minority groups, and in this inaugural year of the program, we had eight outstanding applicants. The applications for this award were reviewed by a faculty panel of PhDs and DVMs. I'm pleased to announce that the first Patterson Minority Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Franklin R. Lopez, DVM. Dr. Lopez completed his DVM at the National University Pedro Henriquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is currently completing a residency in Comparative Medicine at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Lopez will be using the stipend and tuition support from the fellowship to pursue a residency in anatomic pathology under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Porter in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, beginning in Fall 2011.
  • In the Fall of 2010, all colleges and units on campus submitted baseline assessment data on climate and diversity in support of the University Diversity Plan. We recently received notification that the CVM ranked in the top half of these units and that we were awarded $110,000 in one-time funds for our progress in diversity. Additionally, our DVM students recently completed a Climate Survey sponsored by the AAVMC with a 77% response rate. A competition was held between the four DVM classes over three weeks prior to finals, with the class having the highest participation rate in the Climate Survey winning a food-related prize. The winning class was the Class of 2014. We look forward to seeing the results of this survey. We continue to do a great job of recruiting faculty, staff, and students that help us create a more welcoming and diverse environment here at the CVM - an accomplishment we can all be proud of.

Sincerely,
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
(979) 845-5053