Texas A & M Veterinary Medical Center
Serving Every Texan Every Day !
We’re working to make veterinary medicine more accessible to individuals from all backgrounds and all areas of Texas. Culminating a seven-year plan, CVM forged partnerships to expand veterinary education, research, and undergraduate outreach into several key regions of the state. Four System University partnerships were developed to continue to meet the veterinarian needs of Texas, now and well into the future.
Prairie View A&M University MOA
Prairie View A&M University, a land grant institution, was founded in 1876 and is the second oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas.
Prairie View A&M’s International Goat Research Center, with more than 1,000 dairy and meat goats, is one of the largest, oldest goat research programs in the nation. It specializes in the areas of genetics, reproductive physiology, nutrition, and veterinary health.
West Texas A&M University MOA
West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) operates its own feedlot in the Panhandle, a region that feeds a third of the nation’s beef and boasts expanding dairy and swine industries. The Beef Carcass Research Center and the Nance Ranch Teaching and Research Facility are also located there.
Dr. Dee Griffin & Dr. Dan Posey relocated to West Texas A&M in 2016 as part of CVM partnership to serve the rural panhandle. Their team works with the excellent faculty, staff, and students at WTAMU and CVM to create a first-of-its-kind, program of excellence designed to meet the unique regional veterinary, educational, and livestock health needs of the Panhandle region of Texas.
Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center
Serving Every Texan Every Day!
Texas A&M University—Kingsville MOA
Texas A&M-Kingsville is the oldest continuously operating public institution of higher learning in South Texas.
With its focus on wildlife and cervid (deer) research, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M-Kingsville provides an exciting partnership to elevate deer and wildlife medicine. In addition, Texas A&M-Kingsville already has a four year veterinary technology program dedicated to serving Texas with an emphasis on large animals and wildlife.
Tarleton State University—MOA
Tarleton State is the largest non-land grant agriculture university in the U.S. Tarleton State University operates a large dairy in a unique private partnership and maintains rich collaborations with the dairy cattle industry. With its large population of pre-veterinary students and its veterinary technology program, Tarleton State is uniquely positioned for a strong partnership with the CVM.
DVM Increase Class Size—2019
In 2009, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reported there was no need for a second veterinary school in Texas, but that CVM should increase enrollment to meet future state needs. The study (http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/pdf/1701.pdf) focused on the need to increase the number of underrepresented minorities entering the profession, as well as enlarging the pipeline of rural-based veterinarians to better serve the livestock industry, and deer and wildlife interests.
Opening the new CVM teaching complex in 2016 was key to extending the reach of veterinary education and research for Texas. While the state’s population has boomed, the size of the veterinary school remained virtually flat due to older, cramped facilities. The new $120 million facility allows TAMU to meet the need for both the veterinary and livestock industries now and well into the foreseeable future.
The new education complex will easily accommodate an initial increased class size of 20 to 30 new veterinary students each year, many of which will be from the four partner system institutions. By providing new learning opportunities for students who attend the four MOA partner A&M System universities, the CVM hopes to increase the number of veterinarians that return to serve in those demographic regions.
Graduate Diversity Fellowships
Texas A&M University and the CVM recognize diversity as an indispensable component of academic excellence. The Graduate Diversity Fellowship provides an opportunity to support the development of researchers who show promise of distinguished success as a doctoral student and in a biomedical sciences-related research career, while also maximizing the educational benefits of diversity for all students at CVM. These fellowships provide substantial support to incoming or continuing doctoral students whose life and research experiences strengthen the educational diversity outcomes of in the CVM. Graduate Diversity Fellowships award $36,000 annually to cover the costs of tuition and fees along with a competitive stipend associated with a research assistantship position.
BIMS Courtney Scholars
The CVM started a Regent Scholars program in 2016. This learning community for FOCUS first-generation undergraduate students (CVM Courtney Scholars) enrolls as a cohort class, lives together in Moses Hall, has tailored CVM learning programming, attends special FOCUS leadership sessions, and enjoys student pairings with DVM student mentors.
Bridging the Divide
BIMS 2+2 Articulation Agreements
These agreements serve to facilitate the admission and academic transfer of students from participating Community Colleges throughout Texas into the Biomedical Science program (BIMS) . As students progress successfully toward the completion of their Associate degree, this agreement ensures the seamless transition of students into the BIMS program according to the provisions and conditions of each respective agreement. BIMS honors 12 agreements with surrounding Texas colleges to increase the pipeline of URM and first generation students into CVM.
Biomedical Research Immersion and Diversity for Graduate Education (BRIDGE) is an 8 week research-intensive recruiting program that combines hands-on mentored research laboratory experience, journal club sessions, and engaging field trips to different biomedical research facilities in Texas. The program exposes undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds to available CVM graduate/professional programs. This program is being expanded and will target additional URM-serving institutions.
Making Dreams Affordable for Everyone
Keeping college possible for all students, regardless of socioeconomic factors, is important to CVM and helps us fulfil our duty to “Serve Every Texan Every Day”. TAMU-CVM has the best DVM debt to income ratio in the nation and student debt at graduation is 2nd lowest of all U.S. schools. TAMU is one of only 2 colleges with a average student debt load of less than $100,000. Delivering an affordable education does not mean we reduce quality. In 2016, CVM ranked #10 in the world and #4 in the nation for educational quality and programming.
Despite our success in this area, we are continually working to keep our educational costs low and to better prepare our students to manage any debt that they accumulate. Last year, DVM students benefited from almost $1.7 million in scholarships with 81.6% of students receiving financial support.
Some scholarships have diversity criteria including gender, LGBTQ+ status, parenthood, second career, and economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. A dedicated financial aid officer is available to work with each student on their scholarship application, tuition, and financial aid needs. Financial support and curricular financial literacy efforts are ongoing.
Inclusion Instilled in Curriculum from the Start
CVM’s dedication to inclusion and diversity starts at the beginning. During the DVM Mini- Interviews (MMIs), cultural competency scenarios have been used since 2012. Cultural competencies are discussed as professional behaviors during first-year Student Orientation, included in the DVM Professional Student Handbook, and in the Professional Skills course.
A session on cultural competency is in all core curriculum for Veterinary Students in their 1st and 2nd years. Rotations at the Houston SPCA and TDCJ expose students to a breadth of individuals and these differences are discussed in context; due to VMTH caseload and clientele, students are exposed to large numbers of clients with a variety of attributes during 4th year clinical rotations.
PEER & DVM Open House
CVM hosts the PEER program (Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health), outreach for science and veterinary medical education to K-12 students. Interest in STEM careers is stimulated through videoconferencing, webcasts, and presentations by students, scientists, and veterinarians.
- Four recent presentations have reached 13,790 students and teachers in 18 states and two other countries.
- Last year, there were 50,323 downloads of curricular materials to 187,118 students (52% URM).
- Started in 1993, the CVM Annual Open House event opens the doors to the college and both hospitals to let the public see exclusive behind the scenes access of our premiere veterinary school. The event reaches thousands of families each year with interactive educational activities for kids of all ages.
Bridging the Divide
Inclusion Instilled in Curriculum from the Start
One role of leadership is to instill genuine respect for the diversity of intellectual opinions, ideas, and community at our university. A diverse faculty and their unique contributions to our mission are essential parts of what makes us able to discover, to teach, and to learn.
Research conducted by scholars like Sylvia Hurtado demonstrate that diverse faculty and curricula are essential to improving the educational experience for all students. These faculty can provide mentorship and intellectual opportunities to ensure that all CVM students can succeed in this intense academic and social environment.
- TAMU– CVM is the only veterinary college to have an Executive Associate Dean as the Director for Climate and Diversity.
- Recruiting and hiring a more diverse faculty remains a strategic and dedicated initiative for the college. Diversity elements are required for all CVM searches.
- Providing mentoring to junior faculty to ensure their professional success.
- CVM is dedicated to helping our faculty be successful, by offering numerous professional development opportunities such as CVM Mediation Training, Leadership experiences, Grant writing seminars, Faculty Release time, Research and Publishing initiatives, external training opportunities, etc.
- Ensure equal opportunity and pay through merit–based salary adjustments. The college reviews faculty salaries annually and makes equity adjustments as needed.
- Diversity accountability is documented as a required element in Annual Performance Evaluations of all individuals reporting to the Dean.
- CVM continues to nurture the Inclusive and welcoming environment of our college through support of individuals, organizations, and new initiatives.
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