May 2014 Deans Corner

Ground Broken on New Veterinary and Biomedical Education Complex and Grand Opening of the Equine Complex

We officially broke ground on the new Veterinary and Biomedical Education Complex on April 30, 2014, and the celebrations continued with the grand opening of the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex later that day. The equine complex is a joint effort of the CVM, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and Texas A&M Athletics.




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Dr. Abbott Wins Presidential Professor Award

Dr. Louise Abbott was surprised on April 22, 2014 when Dr. Castiglioni and Dr. Green presented her with the Presidential Professor Award of $25,000.


Faculty & Staff Picnic

15th Annual CVM Picnic this Month

This year’s event is scheduled for May 30, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Lameness Area adjacent to the Large Animal Hospital. Great food, fun and fellowship, topped off with Blue Bell ice cream, have become the hallmarks of this special event. CVM faculty, staff, and students who plan to attend this year’s picnic need to RSVP to Amanda Chattin in the Dean’s Office by May 23 by calling 979-845-5051 or by email at


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Honors Convocation Celebrates Faculty, Staff, and Students

Our annual Honors Convocation ceremony, held April 4, 2014, honored students, faculty, and staff for their achievements. Congratulations to them all!



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Outstanding Alumni Honored

We honored seven alumni for their contributions to the veterinary medical profession at a dinner held on April 4, 2014.


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White Coat Ceremony Highlight of Parents' Weekend

We had another wonderful parents’ weekend at the beginning of April, highlighted by the annual White Coat Ceremony in which second year veterinary students received their white coats, symbolizing their transition into the clinical side of the program. The White Coat Ceremony acknowledges the point of transition from classroom study to clinical work. Second-year veterinary students receive their white lab coats in a ceremony honoring the legacy of Jeanne Fairweather, M.D.



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Our Researchers use One Health Approach to Address Food Contamination

Dr. Ivanek led a study that concluded the likelihood that a crop of leafy greens will be contaminated by E. coli, an indicator of fecal contamination, before harvest is strongly influenced by both farm management and environmental factors.


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Future Farmers of America (FFA) Veterinary Science Clinic Held at the CVM

PEER hosted its 3rd annual FFA State Veterinary Science Clinic & CDE informational clinic on Saturday, April 5, 2014. It was attended by 253 high school students, along with their coaches and sponsors, who represented 67 schools across the state. Veterinary students and veterinary technicians educated and trained FFA students and coaches in organ, parasite, equipment, and breed identification as well as wrapping surgery packs and positioning animals for radiographs. The students, staff, and faculty are truly dedicated to enriching the lives and education of young people! Thank you!


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Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team Trains for Radiation Disaster

The members of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) spent the weekend of April 25-28, 2014 training alongside Texas Task Force 1 at Disaster City. The annual full-scale exercise had the team responding to a simulated radiological disaster and working through a very complicated scenario to determine the best way to respond to the animals that would be impacted by such a disaster.


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Small Animal Hospital has a New Piece of Artwork

Mr. Dave Brannon, a long-standing client at the Small Animal Hospital, has donated a piece of artwork in honor of his Labrador retrievers, done by local artist Stephany Chavez. The drawing will hang in the lobby of the Small Animal Hospital.


Dog Bowl Trophy Arrives at the CVM

Dog Bowl Trophy Arrives at the Texas A&M CVM

We teamed up with Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine this past football season to celebrate our long-standing traditions in sports and veterinary medicine. With a win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field this past November, we celebrated our first ever Dog Bowl victory.


Undergraduate and graduate final examinations
May 2–7

First day of new 4VM clinical year
May 5

DVM commencement       
May 8

Undergraduate and graduate commencement
May 10

Memorial Day (university holiday)   
May 26

CVM Picnic
May 30

Dr. Charles W. Graham
(DVM ’61)
received the Distinguished Texan in Agriculture Award from Texas A&M AgriLife, which is the highest honor given to individuals demonstrating outstanding leadership and providing significant contributions to Texas agriculture.

Dr. James Womack received the 2014 Sigma Xi Outstanding Distinguished Scientist Award.

Congratulations to them both!

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