Faculty Organizations

Student Organizations

International Program Advisory Committee (IPAC)

The IPAC implements international grants and programs that strengthen ongoing VMBS and university programs. The members of the IPAC are expected to be well informed about international issues and opportunities that affect the educational and research programs of the VMBS.

Each academic department head, with the concurrence of the VMBS dean, appoints two faculty members to the IPAC for a term of 3 years each. The chair is elected by IPAC faculty members annually.

Dr. Jan Suchodolski, chairSmall Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS)
Dr. Alice Blue-McLendonVeterinary Physiology & Pharmacology (VTPP)
Dr. Christine BudkeVeterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS)
Dr. Angela BordinLarge Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS)
Dr. Kevin CurleyVeterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS)
Dr. James DerrVeterinary Pathobiology (VTPB)
Dr. Mauricio LepizSmall Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS)
Dr. Jeffrey MusserVeterinary Pathobiology (VTPB)
(vacant)Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology (VTPP)
Dr. Gustavo ZanottoLarge Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS)
Ex-Officio Members 
Dr. Terry HensleyTexas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL)
Dr. Karen CornellDVM Professional Program
Dr. Ashley SeaburyOffice of the Dean – Research & Graduate Studies
Dr. Heather SimmonsInstitute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD)

International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA)


Our Mission

IVSA exists to benefit the animals and people of the world by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge.

IVSA has members all over the world and is constantly seeking to establish links with non-member countries and to encourage the exchange of ideas and values. IVSA is a non-political organization, and its official language is English.

Principle Goals

  • To raise the overall standard of veterinary education by increasing international and inter-cultural exchange of ideas and knowledge.
  • To promote opportunities for veterinary students to undertake education in important areas outside their normal training, for example management, welfare and environmental issues, technical language training, and specialization unique to another country.

IVSA meets these goals by:

  • Organizing student exchange programs,
  • Holding international congresses and symposia,
  • Producing various publications,
  • Supporting veterinary education, especially in disadvantaged countries,
  • Working with professional veterinary health care organizations, and
  • Representing the international professional interests of veterinary students.

Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF)

CVF is a student organization that joins members’ faith with serving others through veterinary medicine. The need for veterinary care is present wherever people keep animals and transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. This opens up doors to go anywhere imaginable in the world. In recent years, students have gone to Haiti, Honduras, Mongolia, and Uganda. The specifics vary with each trip, but those that go can expect to apply knowledge and skills they have gained in school while under the mentorship of veterinarians who are active in the profession on a global scale. The possible work ranges from spaying and neutering dogs, to castrating bulls, deworming goats, and educating local children on animal husbandry and public health.

International involvement that students begin through CVF can continue after graduation, as the student chapter is a branch of the parent organization, Christian Veterinary Mission. This group focuses on short and long-term missions all over the world and affords veterinarians the opportunity to continue to take part in the profession on a global scale after graduation.