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March 4, 2011

  • Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Education Building - The number 1 building priority on campus right now is our proposal for a new Education Building. Texas A&M University presented this idea to the State Legislature this session as the only tuition revenue bond (TRB) for our campus. If approved by the Texas Legislature, it would mean $100 M for our new building and another $15 M for our Small Animal Hospital Expansion. While this year is an uncharacteristically tough economic climate for Texas and the nation, we have wide-spread understanding of our need for this building to ensure our continued good standing and accreditation with the AAVMC Council on Education.
  • Differential Tuition - The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has been asked by the TAMU Tuition Policy Advisory Council to submit a proposal for differential tuition for our DVM program. We are in the process of engaging current DVM students in discussions and soliciting their online feedback. The final DVM differential tuition proposal will be submitted by President Loftin to the Board of Regents at their May 2011 meeting.
  • CVM/TVMA Collaboration - Talks have begun between the CVM Office of Continuing Education, a college-level Continuing Education Task Force, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association to explore the potential for co-branding many of our continuing education programs. This effort will provide both organizations to strengthen existing continuing education offerings in the State of Texas which ultimately will benefit veterinarians in our state and beyond.
  • World Veterinary Year is off to a tremendous start. We began with our first ever Veterinary Legislative Day on Feb. 1 in Austin, where we were able to share our story with legislators and visitors from around the state. This was a successful collaboration between our college and TVMA. Then we celebrated World Veterinary Year with a gala on Feb. 25 at the Hagler Center on main campus. Exhibits included rare pieces of the Wood Veterinary Medical Collection and antique veterinary equipment. We also kicked off a 3-part lecture series with a presentation by Trenton Boyd on March 4 that covered the history of veterinary medicine through his unique post card collection. Please mark your calendars for the next two parts of this special lecture series. On April 27, we will look at the present global impact of the veterinary profession, and the on October 12, we will look at the future of veterinary medicine. More information with details will be sent out in the future.
  • And while you are looking at your calendars, be sure to block the weekend of April 2. This is our CVM Homecoming Weekend and Parents' Day. On Saturday, we will celebrate at The Zone Club adjacent to Kyle Field with the Gentle Doctor Scholarship Luncheon. Students, their parents, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Some classes will be hosting reunions during the luncheon, and many of our scholarship donors will be attending. It's a great time to meet the person who has provided a scholarship and thank them for their contribution. For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit the GDSL website or contact Noell Vance at 979-845-9043. It's going to be a great time, so be sure to join us!

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