The greatest needs here are for staffing and space. Residencies are much needed in the areas of neurology, oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, medicine and surgery.
CVM feline specialists Dr. John R. August and Dr. Alice M. Wolf are currently working to acquire funding for a Feline Medicine Residency training program. The TAMU-VMTH is the only university veterinary hospital to offer a full time Feline Internal Medicine referral service, and this training program would be the only one of its kind in the country. Residents completing this post-DVM training will be qualified for certification by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners – Feline Practice Specialty, and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Specialty of Internal Medicine.
The most urgent spatial needs are for expansion of the clinical research and diagnostic laboratories. The demands for the services they provide have tripled in the last few years, clearly indicated by increases in the number of samples received on a daily basis, from all over the world. Indications are that the workload will only increase.