Collaborative Leadership: TVMA & the CVM
Posted February 27, 2015
The relationship between the Texas A&M College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and the Texas Veterinary
Medical Association (TVMA) is treasured and mutually beneficial. As
a member of the TVMA as well as the dean of the CVM, I have been
privileged to see the collaboration from both sides.
The value of what the TVMA provides our students in the way of
support and engagement is immeasurable. I cannot thank them enough
for their numerous scholarships and other financial assistance to
our students, as well as their ongoing support of programs such as
Open House, the Professional Programs Office, and the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Government Affairs Intern at
the AVMA office in Washington, D.C.
The TVMA also donated numerous items such as stethoscopes (for
first-year students), scrubs and a copy of Veterinary Drug
Formulary (for second-year students), and surgical scissors (for
third-year students) throughout our many years working together.
The TVMA also sponsors a Veterinary Ethics Program dinner for
first-year veterinary students and participating veterinarians in
both the fall and spring semesters. Third-year veterinary students
have the opportunity to attend a “clinic orientation” meeting with
TVMA officers in attendance. The organizations also have previously
sponsored practice management seminars, job fairs, and
college-to-work transition meetings.
Their governing bodies are open to student members. Each TVMA
committee is open to students. Elected by class, a third-year
veterinary student can serve as a voting member of the TVMA Board
of Directors. They also name a student to serve on the Texas
Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) Board of Trustees.
We are also privileged to have the TVMA actively involved in the
college in other ways. A TVMA officer serves as a liaison to the
college and meets with Drs. Kenita Rogers and Dan Posey three times
per year. This relationship also includes mentoring for each
veterinary class and a student section on their website.
TVMA’s Texas Veterinarian magazine invites a student to write a
column in each issue. TVMA support of student attendance at its
annual conference by offering free early registration for them is
The TVMF sponsors two student summer research projects, in which
each student presents his or her project to the Board of Directors.
They also provide two faculty awards presented at the Honors
Convocation. The TVMA president attends and presents awards to
honored veterinary residents.
In short, we are forever grateful to the TVMA and TVMF for being
such a collaborative partner in our students’ experiences, from
their admission interview to their graduation ceremony, where the
TVMA president administers the Veterinary Oath and sponsors
breakfast for the graduates with attending TVMA officers.
Overall, the TVMA commits close to $32,000 toward student events
and activities, and the TVMF commits approximately $24,500. As
Albert Schweitzer said, “We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.” We are thankful for the TVMA.
As a Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) member and
volunteer leader, I have firsthand experience with all of the
opportunities TVMA members gain from engagement with the Texas
A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
(CVM) faculty, staff, and students. As an executive board member, I
feel so privileged to have been able to meet and mentor the CVM
Class of 2014. I have also enjoyed the many opportunities to be a
part of numerous special events at the CVM such as student
orientation, white coat ceremony, ethics sessions, and
As a busy practitioner and practice owner, it is easy to see the
benefits to our practice and local veterinary community. Our
involvement with TVMA has given us an advantage to recruit and
retain some of the brightest veterinary students to work as externs
and associates in our practices. TVMA members repeatedly claim that
being involved at the CVM reenergizes them as they return to their
practice, industry, or regulatory work. Whether it is meeting
students on committees or reconnecting with faculty and staff at
TVMA social events, TVMA members are always grateful for the chance
to be with the students, faculty, and amazing CVM staff.
I also see benefits to our entire membership when the CVM
collaborates with our association. Besides the benefits to
individual TVMA volunteers, our entire association benefits from
collaboration with the college. The CVM graciously gives TVMA the
opportunity to give input on curriculum changes and student
selection, giving our members the ability to point out where the
college is doing a good job and where it could improve as it molds
graduates to become the future of our profession. The CVM also
recruits TVMA members to participate in the Multiple Mini
Interviews used as part of the student selection process. TVMA
members then have direct influence on the caliber of veterinary
students that the college admits.
So many of the decisions the college makes impact the veterinary
profession in Texas. The CVM is thoughtful to consider input from
TVMA leaders and members before making important decisions that
could affect us all. It also benefits our members when the CVM
simply shares information with TVMA through regular meetings with
TVMA leadership and formal reports at our biannual meetings. We are
grateful as an association to have such a wonderful working
relationship with the CVM.
Contact Information: Megan Palsa, email@example.com, Office:
979-862-421, Cell: 979-421-3121
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