SERVING EVERY TEXAN EVERY DAY
2017 ANNUAL REPORT
CONTENTS From the Dean........................................................................................................3 CVM Hallmarks.......................................................................................................3 Serving Every Texan Every Day.............................................................................4 TVMC: Getting the Job Done for Texas.................................................................5 Serving Texas & Beyond........................................................................................6 Expenditures...........................................................................................................7 Degrees Conferred.................................................................................................7 Professional Students (DVM)................................................................................8 Undergraduate Students (BIMS).........................................................................12 Graduate Students...............................................................................................14 Residents & Interns..............................................................................................16 Faculty ...................................................................................................................17 Diversity & Inclusion.............................................................................................18 Research................................................................................................................20 Around the World.................................................................................................22 Around the Nation................................................................................................24 Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS)..........................................................26 Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB)..........................................................................27 Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology (VTPP).................................................28 Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS)................................................................29 Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS)................................................................30 Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH)..................................................31 International Programs.......................................................................................34 Global One Health................................................................................................36 Equine Initiative....................................................................................................37 Veterinary Emergency Team (VET).....................................................................38 Center for Educational Technologies (CET).......................................................39 Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS)............................................39 Partnership for Environmental Education & Rural Health (PEER)..................40 Continuing Education (CE)...................................................................................41 Development.........................................................................................................42 Outstanding Alumni & Rising Star......................................................................43 Funding Priorities.................................................................................................44 Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center..............................................45 CVM/TVMA Collaborative Leadership ...............................................................46 College Administration........................................................................................47 2 â€˘ 2017 CVM Annual Report
FROM THE DEAN At the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), we strongly believe that we—animals, people, and the environment—are all inextricably linked, that the work we do and the partnerships we create are the connections to discovery, solutions, and to positive change in this world. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment is essential for preparing veterinary leaders with an intentional, open, and global perspective, and we recognize how fortunate we are to reside on a campus where diversity is a priority. We affirm diversity both broadly and specifically, and our community aims to be representative of our ever-changing state and nation. Through our Global One Health Initiative's campus-wide, state-wide, national, and international reach, advancements in collaborative, zoonotic One Health research, and building of interdisciplinary learning environments, the program continues to make advancements in policy, research, education, and service As John F. Kennedy once said, “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask why not.” This annual report attempts to provide you with a glimpse into all of the amazing research, teaching, learning, and excellence that has taken place at the CVM in the past year. You'll find more than a list of accomplishments, though; you'll find data about a college working collaboratively, purposefully, and innovatively to create positive change in the world.
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP The Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
CVM HALLMARKS For more than a century, the CVM has served our state, nation, and the world. The college continues to: • • • • • • •
Serve all of Texas and advance animal, human, and environmental health. Support the state’s pet, livestock, and wildlife industries. Provide viable, diverse professional career paths for Texans. Promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Contribute to the economic viability and job opportunities of local communities. Provide sophisticated disaster and emergency response support for animals throughout the state. Advance the veterinary medical profession.
The CVM is ranked #1 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), #4 in the nation, and #10 in the world.* • •
The CVM was established in 1916 to serve the agriculture, livestock, and cattle industries in Texas. The CVM is one of the largest colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, training nearly 600 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students each year, with an annual entering class of 142 students—soon to increase to 162. As of May 2017, the CVM has graduated 7,961 veterinarians. The CVM is ranked #3 in the number of graduate (MS/PhD) students at colleges of veterinary medicine in North America. Biomedical Sciences (BIMS), the largest degree-granting undergraduate major at Texas A&M, has a student enrollment of 2,355 for 2017–18. BIMS majors are a large portion of Aggies that matriculate to Texas medical (39%), dental (36%), and veterinary (43%) professional schools. The BIMS program has partnered with 12 community colleges in the state of Texas to create 2+2 admissions agreements that facilitate the admission and academic transfer of qualified students from these community colleges into the BIMS program. The CVM student pass rate for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is consistently greater than 95%. The pass rate of CVM residents on their AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organization certifying examination for specialty board certification is one of the highest in the nation. In 2014, the CVM became the recipient of the first National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Center grant at Texas A&M University. The grant provides funding for the Center for Translational Environmental Health Research that is a collaboration among Texas A&M, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston. The CVM is one of three DVM programs and one of only 24 health profession schools in the U.S. to receive the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
*Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2017 2017 CVM Annual Report • 3
SERVING EVERY TEXAN EVERY DAY Culminating a seven-year plan, the Texas A&M University System announced partnerships to expand veterinary education, research, and undergraduate outreach into several regions of the state through four Texas A&M University System universities in 2015. The partnerships are between the CVM and West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Tarleton State University and constitute the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Center (TVMC). The Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC), which opened in the fall of 2016, will allow the CVM to accept more veterinary students and create partnerships that encourage more underrepresented minorities (URM) and rural students, who are more likely to return to their home region, to work as veterinarians who will support the state’s agricultural economy.
The VBEC: • •
Easily accommodated an initial increased class size of 20 to 30 new veterinary students in each class, and will continue to accomodate increases necessary to meet the needs of Texas into the foreseeable future. Provides new learning opportunities for students who attend the four Texas A&M System universities, as the CVM increases the number of students accepted from those regions.
The CVM initially: • • • •
Hired two faculty members to teach and conduct research at WTAMU. Will add veterinary faculty to teach undergraduate courses, strengthen the curriculum, and expand research partnerships with industry in each region. Will offer relevant parts of the veterinary curriculum at sites other than College Station. Will seek appropriations to add more faculty at WTMU and duplicate those efforts at PVAMU, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Tarleton State University.
This initiative will allow every Texas community to be better served by excellent educational opportunities for young people, costeffective education and outreach, extension of faculty to meet regional needs, increased veterinary care, and directed research on issues that affect animal industries throughout the state.
Leveraging and Synergizing Strengths The CVM is creating an integrated system that connects distant communities and regions of the state through strategic partnerships with Texas A&M University System universities around the state. After programs at these pilot sites are in place, remaining needs and opportunities will be assessed. These partnerships will leverage and synergize the strengths of the CVM, the Texas A&M University System, and constituencies to: • Impact the health of Texas through advancing animal, human, and environmental health (Global One Health) throughout the state West Texas A&M • Invest in the young people of Texas, and therefore the future University of Texas, as they seek professional careers in veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences, and related disciplines • Contribute to stability and growth of the Texas economy by: Tarleton State -- Supporting and protecting the $15 billion Texas University livestock industries, from large operations to small acreage livestock producers -- Enhancing the health and well-being of the $3 billion Texas A&M University deer industry and the wildlife species of Texas -- Advancing the $4 billion veterinary profession, which provides jobs for Texans in rural and urban Prairie View A&M University communities -- Encouraging and supporting rural veterinary medicine This cost-effective, graduated approach to expanding veterinary education leverages the state’s assets to their highest and best use, while being mindful of the contributions of Texas taxpayers. 4 • 2017 CVM Annual Report
Texas A&M UniversityKingsville
TVMC: GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR TEXAS The 2017 Food Animal Track DVM graduates are hitting the field, specifically trained for beef cattle and food production medicine!
Recruiting more DVM students from Underrepresented Minorities (URM) and Rural Communities • • • • •
4 universities have memorandum of agreements (MOA) with the CVM to encourage graduates to return to rural communities. 10 new rural DVM student applications were received for the CVM’s 2017 entering class as a result of direct mentorship. 9 new DVM students are in the CVM’s 2017 entering class under the WTAMU MOA. 3 new DVM students are in the CVM’s 2017 entering class under the PVAMU MOA. 8 new Food Animal Track DVM graduates are entering the market in 2017.
Extracurricular Programs for Food Animal & Rural/Mixed Animal Track DVM Students at the Texas A&M CVM
DVM Students by Track
Student Association of Bovine Practitioners Equine Track
2018 = 16
Rural/Mixed Animal Track
2018 = 45
Food Animal Track
2018 = 8
• Rural Texas industry tour • Quiz bowls at national level
Resources at Partnering Universities
Other Milestones DVM class size increase in 2017 approved by AVMA
• Special targeted wet labs
per year in scholarships
for DVM students
Access to State & Federal programs to help repay DVM student loans & reduce debt
West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) • WTAMU’s feedlot operation • Beef Carcass Research Center • Nance Ranch Teaching & Research Facility
Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) • International Goat Research Center
Texas A&M University-Kingsville • Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute • Veterinary technology program
Tarleton State University • Tarleton’s dairy operation • Veterinary technology program
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SERVING TEXAS & BEYOND Economic Impact Texas—the second most populous U.S. state—is a leader in many aspects of animal agriculture and companion animal care. It ranks first in the total number of cattle—11.8 million or 13 percent of the total U.S. inventory. When the tens of millions of livestock and the tens of thousands of companion animals are considered, the full economic value of animal health and well-being becomes apparent. Because Texas is a border state, a coastal state, and an air travel hub, its animal and human populations are threatened by emerging and zoonotic disease outbreaks with the potential for major economic impact.
TEXAS LEADS THE NATION IN ANIMAL INDUSTRIES: $5.9 billion
Global One Health: Applying "One Health" to Global Health & Security The Texas A&M Global One Health initiative aims to make the world safe and secure from emerging infectious and neglected tropical diseases by applying the One Health approach—which is the synergy of animal, human, and environmental sciences—to global health and security. Through Global One Health's national and international reach, advancements in collaborative, zoonotic One Health research, and building of interdisciplinary learning environments, the program continues to make advancements in policy, research, education, and service. Working across various departments, colleges, organizations, agencies, states, and countries, the Global One Health team continues to galvanize Texas A&M University's dedication to One Health by growing the institution's stakeholder network and establishing itself as an emerging leader in global health and security.
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EXPENDITURES FY2017 CVM Expenditures 1%
Facilities & Infrastructure
Scholarships & Fellowships
Teaching & Educational Support FY2017 CVM Expenditures
FY2017 College Expenditures Category
Expenditures to support programs such as the continuing education of practicing veterinarians
6% Academic Year 2016–17 Degrees Conferred and technicians and the Veterinary Emergecny Team (VET).
Facilities & Infrastructure 14%
Expenditures for clinical laboratories housed the college. Many of these labs support PhD within15% both the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) and research. 17% and custodial services. MS Expenditures for maintaining college facilities, landscaping,
Operating expenditures for the VMTH.
4% Institutional Support
Scholarships & Fellowships
33% BS Expenditures directly62% supporting the research mission of the college.
Teaching & Educational Support
Expenditures directly supporting the teaching and education mission of the college.
Academic Year 2016–17 Degrees Conferred 4%
Number of Degrees
Degrees Conferred by Academic Year 400
B.S. Ph.D. DVM
200 100 0
DVM Expenditures that directly support our students.
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PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS (DVM) In 2017, the CVM increased the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) class size to 142 students. As one of the largest DVM training programs in the country, the CVM provides a four-year, post-undergraduate curriculum based on building a solid foundation of scientific knowledge, experiential learning to master technical and professional skills, and development of competencies required for an entry-level veterinarian in any career path.
New Graduate Outcomes (NGOs) Upon completion of the veterinary professional program, successful students will have demonstrated competency in each of the 37 domains outlined in the college’s NGOs. The NGO document articulates the specific knowledge, skills, and attributes expected of students enrolled in our DVM program at the time of graduation.
DVM Curriculum Renewal A data-driven curriculum renewal was implemented in the fall of 2017 with the incoming class of 2021. The changes implemented ensure the curriculum continues to include extensive, engaging, didactic instruction and hands-on learning opportunities. Class of 2017 Average DVM Student Educational Debt Upon Graduation
New Graduate Outcomes
Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
APRIL 2016 CURRICULUM COMMITTEE
Comprehensive patient diagnosis (problem-solving skills), appropriate use of clinical laboratory testing, and record management
Comprehensive treatment planning, including patient referral when indicated
Anesthesia and pain management, patient welfare
Basic surgery skills, experience, and case management
Basic medicine skills, experience, and case management
Emergency and intensive care case management
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Health promotion, disease prevention/biosecurity, zoonosis, and food safety
Client communications and ethical conduct
Critical analysis of new information and research findings relevant to veterinary medicine
Team collaboration, leadership, and practice management
Multicultural awareness and personal wellness
Legal and regulatory compliance
Texas A&M 0
Terms in blue text correlate with Bloom’s taxonomy of learning outcomes.7
New Graduate Outcomes
Class of 2021 First-Year In-State Resident DVM Student Tuition and Fees Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
AVMA-COE Self Study Report 8 • 2017 CVM Annual Report
PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS (DVM) The first two years of the program provide a foundation in medical science, clinical skills, and clinical reasoning. The third year emphasizes diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. The student also begins structuring a personalized course selection to direct learning toward individual career goals, choosing between small animal species, mixed animal species, large animal species, or alternate career tracks. The student will be assigned to clinical duties in the VMTH. The fourth year is a full 12 months in length and includes rotations through the VMTH and other venues, including the Houston SPCA, as well as a four-week externship experience at a location of the student’s choice.
Unique Opportunities Unique clinical opportunities in the curriculum include client communication training including interactions with simulated clients, rotations focusing on primary care medicine, specialty-intensive experiences, disaster preparedness, and shelter medicine. College faculty are dedicated to providing an inclusive and welcoming learning environment that provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive exposure to the art and science of veterinary medicine. As of May 2017, the college has graduated 7,961 veterinarians. November
V ET E R I N A RY
J O B & E XT E R N S H I P
FAI R 2017 TEXAS A&M CVM • VBEC (VENI)
Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
Fair: 9am–2pm Individual Interviews to Follow
BRINGING TOGETHER TEXAS VETERINARY EMPLOYERS
AND DVM STUDENTS SPONSORED BY
Fourth-year DVM students scan a found puppy for a microchip while deployed with the VET during Hurricane Harvey response efforts.
Class of 2017 graduates take the Veterinarian's Oath during their commencement ceremony.
Veterinary Job & Externship Fair
Hospital Clinical Cases for FY2017
Hospital Cases by Type 35,000 National Avg.
Number of cases
25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0
College of Veterinary Medicine 0
All classifications of veterinary students took advantage of the chance to speak with prospective employers at the Veterinary Job & Externship Fair. 2017 CVM Annual Report • 9
PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS (DVM) First Preference of Practice Type by DVM Graduating Class Year 60% Food Animal (Predominantly or Better) Mixed Companion Animal (Predominantly or Better) Equine Advanced Training or Education Other
Source: AVMA Graduating Class Survey (Texas A&M CVM only)
DVM Graduate Average Starting Salary Compared to the National Average $90,000
2008 First-Year Texas A&M DVM Avg. Salary $60,769 National Avg. Starting Salary $61,632 U.S. Median Income $55,376
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 $55,740 $65,529 $65,871 $70,031 $69,760 $64,585 $67,537 $66,469 $65,404 $66,442 $55,376 $53,568 $53,568 $52,751 $52,666
2017 2014 2015 2016 $73,468 $72,940 $77,000 $81,796 $67,479 $70,834 $73,998 $76,914 $52,850 $53,718 $56,516 $57,617
Sources: AVMA Report on Veterinary Compensation (removing Advanced Education and averaging odd years), AVMA Graduate Survey, Texas A&M University Report, & U.S. Census Bureau
DVM Class of 2021 Resident Status Resident
DVM Class of 2021 Ethnicity
DVM Class of 2021 Gender Female
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Hispanic 79% White
PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS (DVM) Special Collaborations The year 2017 marked the fifth year of the CVM’s collaboration with the Houston SPCA to provide a clinical rotation for fourth-year DVM students in shelter medicine. The CVM also collaborates with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), providing not only hands-on training for DVM students, but also veterinary care for animals at TDCJ agricultural units. The CVM partnered with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) in the fall of 2017 to host the Innaugural Veterinary Job & Externship Fair at the CVM. Over 110 practices representing all regions of Texas met with students in all years of the program to arrange externships and employment interviews.
Accreditation In 2016, the CVM received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education (AVMA COE) for an additional seven years.
Student Leadership Many current CVM students serve in leadership roles for state and national veterinary organizations. • Caitlin Conner, a fourth-year DVM student, is a current member of the national Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Executive Board and serves as the Cultural Outreach Officer. • Jenna Ward, a second-year DVM student, is the current Vice President and President-elect of the National Broad Spectrum Student Organization.
Current national SAVMA delegates are: • •
Taylor Adams, senior SAVMA delegate Chelsea Folmar, junior SAVMA delegate
Current SAVMA chapter representatives are: • • • • • • • • •
Alesha Rimmelin, chapter president Aurash Behroozi, fourth-year representative Kathleen Gonzalez, fourth-year representative Luke Doma, third-year representative Elise Birkner, third-year representative Anna Marie Pratas, second-year representative Hunter Greer, second-year representative Melodie Raese, first-year representative Jack Burks, first-year representative
Current TVMA delegates are: • •
Alicia Robinson, senior TVMA delegate Sidney Leidy, junior TVMA delegate
Current TVMA representatives are: • • • •
Clara Bush, fourth-year TVMA representative Kameron Soules, third-year TVMA representative Sadie Sacra, second-year TVMA representative Lani Kaspar, first-year TVMA representative
Clara Bush 2017 CVM Annual Report • 11
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (BIMS + USVM) Texas A&M University offers a distinctive undergraduate program in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) at the CVM. BIMS is a broad field of applied biology that is directed toward understanding health and disease. The curriculum provides a strong four-year education that emphasizes versatility of the graduate in the biological and medical sciences. A highly-effective academic counseling program helps students develop individualized course packages that orient and prepare them for entry into the medical, allied health, or graduate program of their choice. Such an approach enhances their educational experiences, improves their placement in professional and graduate programs, and facilitates their entry into the biomedical science job market. Our mission is to educate students who will create a healthier future for humans and animals through the medical professions, biomedical innovation and discovery, global service, and outreach.
Highlights from 2017 include: •
• • •
BIMS is the largest degree-granting undergraduate program at the university, with an enrollment of 2,355 students in 2017–18. -- Over 27% of this year's enrollment are first-generation college students in their families. -- The University Studies Veterinary Medicine (USVM) enrollment for 2017–18 is 132. -- The percentage of non-white students is 48.2%. Underrepresented minority (URM) students includes those who identify as Black or African American, Latinx or Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaska Native. BIMS enjoyed a large graduating class in 2016–17 with 364 BIMS students and 40 USVM students in 2016–17. -- Of the graduating BIMS students, 43.68% were non-white and 26.37% were URM. -- 10.15% of BIMS graduates completed the International Certificate in Cultural Competency and Communication (Spanish certificate). -- Over one-fourth of BIMS graduates completed a study abroad and/or volunteered abroad. -- 46.56% completed undergraduate research prior to graduation. Forrest Herman, a BIMS major, was named as the Outstanding Academic Senior for the Corps of Cadets for 2016–17. Joel White, a BIMS major, was named as the Student Worker of the Year for 2016. Year one of the CVM Courtney Scholars was completed and included an ice cream social and active participation in Open House. DVM Mentors from the following areas also participated: -- Communication Skills: Dr. Karen Cornell -- Veterinary Medicine: Dr. Kristin Chaney -- Suture Clinic: Dr. Elizabeth Scallan -- ER/Disaster Preparedness: Dr. Wesley Bissett Two new study abroad programs were developed: Thailand (first trip in summer 2018) and Bulgaria (first trip in summer 2019). The BIMS Student Association won First Place Student Organization at the Texas A&M Student Research Week for having the most volunteer hours.
Fall 2017 Professional School Acceptance • • •
49% of BIMS graduates who applied to medical school were accepted, representing 39% of all Aggies that matriculated. 59% of BIMS graduates who applied to dental school were accepted, representing 36% of all Aggies that matriculated. 43% of the Aggies who were accepted to veterinary medical school were BIMS graduates.
Fall 2017 Percentage of Aggies Accepted to Professional Schools who are BIMS Graduates
Dr. Elizabeth Crouch Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education Dr. Henry Huebner Director, BIMS Program 12 • 2017 CVM Annual Report
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (BIMS + USVM) Fall 2017 Undergraduate Student Enrollment (BIMS + USVM) First-Generation College Students
Multi-Racial Excluding Black
Number of Students
Ethnicity Over Time 1,600 1,400 1,200 1,000 800 600 400 200 0
White Only Non-White
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GRADUATE STUDENTS Graduate Student Recruitment
Fall 2017 Graduate Student Enrollment Resident Status 16%
Non-TX, US Resident
Non-TX, Non-US Resident
Classiﬁcation Doctoral (PhD)
Ethnicity Unknown/Not Reported
American Indian Multi-Racial Excluding Black
2017 Admissions Profile The recruiting efforts and other features such as the reputation of our graduate programs overall and enhancements to our thesis master’s and doctoral degrees in the BIMS graduate program attracted 105 students to enroll in CVM graduate programs during 2017. The BIMS graduate program, the largest cohort of graduate students with three degree options, welcomed 78 Master of Science non-thesis option (MS-NTO), 14 Master of Science thesis option (MS-THO), and 16 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students this year. Among the newly admitted graduate students in all CVM graduate programs for 2017, Black students comprised 5.71% of the cohort, which was slightly higher than the average for the entire graduate student population of Texas A&M University. Additionally, the CVM graduate programs admission of Hispanic students who enrolled in Fall 2017 was 19%, significantly higher than that of the overall Texas A&M graduate student enrollment.
Graduate Student Orientation & Oath Ceremony
Following the centralization of the administration and advising for graduate students across the college, the CVM focused on developing a robust recruiting strategy designed to increase familiarity and attract a high-quality, diverse set of applicants for the graduate programs in Biomedical Sciences (BIMS), Science and Technology Journalism, Toxicology, and Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology. Components of this strategy included revision of the CVM Graduate Studies website, utilization of a college-wide recruitment coordinator, and direct engagement with a larger number of prospective students by attending recruitment events throughout the region and particularly at minority-serving institutions.
Incoming CVM graduate students participated in a rigorous week-long orientation boot-camp that provided the following comprehensive trainings: biosafety compliance, teaching, mentor-mentee relationship, diversity and inclusion, self-care and wellness, goal-setting and motivation, and university and program requirements. Orientation week concluded with the Graduate Student Oath Ceremony, which welcomed incoming graduate students into the research community of the CVM and Texas A&M, and highlights the importance and significance of integrity and ethics as students embark upon their research careers. Number of Graduate Students at Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in 2017
Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
Number of Graduate Students
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GRADUATE STUDENTS Graduation & Former Students In 2017, a total of 114 graduate students celebrated their graduation from the CVM, including 6.1% who are Black and 13.2% who are Hispanic. Comparing the graduation rate data by ethnicity to that of the enrollment profile shows the relative success in both attracting and engaging a diverse cohort of students in graduate education. And, similar to the effort to strengthen our recruitment approach, we are increasing our outreach to former students and encourage them to notify us at tx.ag/CVMPostGradUpdate to provide their post-graduation details.
Inclusive Programs & Practices Multicultural Awareness Platform Maps of the world were mounted in the Office of Research & Graduate Studies, where current graduate students are encouraged to mark their land of origin with a push pin. The maps have become a popular focal point for students and the graduate academic advisors have observed that the dialogue surrounding them has lead to increased awareness and appreciation for the diversity of the graduate student body.
Open Forum Advising CVM graduate students are invited to attend monthly open forum advising sessions. These sessions provide students with the opportunity to engage with academic advisors and other students about topics or concerns that may not warrant a formal appointment. Commonly, wellness activities are incorporated into these advising sessions. This advising format has proven to be an important communication tool, ultimately benefitting the graduate student body.
Professional Development Critical Professional Skills Training The college offers a robust series of workshops that equip CVM graduate students and postdocs with critical professional skills that will differentiate them as they move into the workforce. The trainings offered in 2017 included Teamwork Skills for Careers in Science, Preparing for the Job Search, Maximizing the Mentor-Mentee Relationship, Communication and Conflict Management, Scientific Writing, Grant Writing, Public Speaking, and Effective Scientific Presentation Skills. Nearly all of the sessions had maximum enrollment.
Experiential Learning Graduate education has a strong impact on the student experience by fostering active and integrative learning that expects the student to apply their knowledge and expertise with an increasing level of independence, reflection, and responsibility. Accordingly, the CVM provides trainees with co-curricular opportunities for such experiential learning, often within an interdisciplinary framework.
Advanced Experiential Training Initiative The Advanced Experiential Training Initiative supports travel for graduate students to attend high-caliber courses, trainings, and conferences that have the potential to substantially enhance their knowledge, and for the trainee to gain experience in laboratories that are conducting leading research for the purpose of learning specific techniques from which the trainee and the mentor's laboratory can substantially benefit. In FY2017, the CVM contributed $20,000 to support this initiative.
Fall 2017 Graduate Student Oath Ceremony
In partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife, the CVM cosponsored PoreCamp, a one-week, hands-on course based around the Oxford Nanopore Technology (ONT) MinION sequencing system. This workshop, held in Summer 2017, was the first offered in the U.S. Fifteen CVM graduate students participated in this unique training and were provided with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience running MinION, develop best wet-lab practices to produce high-quality MinION libraries, discover data-handling methods for MinION output, and discuss the latest bioinformatic methods for analysis of real-time nanopore data.
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RESIDENTS & INTERNS The CVM offers one-year internship programs to newly graduated veterinarians and three- or four-year residency programs in several clinical disciplines for veterinarians seeking advanced training and board certification. Residents have generally already completed an internship. At the CVM, residents and interns are exposed to numerous specialties and work side-by-side with experts in their fields. Residents may apply to one of several different areas of specialty including anesthesiology, radiology, cardiology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, surgery, equine theriogenology, and zoological medicine. Interns in four areas (internal medicine, small animal, large animal, and zoological medicine) rotate through different specialties and spend about a fourth of their time on the emergency service. They also have some elective time to spend in an area of interest within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH).
2017 Clinical Residencies & Internships Year 1
Rotating Large Animal Internships*
Large Animal Clinical Sciences Totals
Rotating Small Animal Internships*
Small Animal Clinical Sciences Totals
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*Internships are one-year positions and typically do not declare specialties.
FACULTY Faculty by Department & Title Non-Tenure Track Professional Faculty
Tenure-Track & Tenured Assistant Professor
Associate Professor Totals Professor
Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS)
Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS)
Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS)
Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB)
Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology (VTPP)
Faculty Demographics Professional Faculty
65 and over
Two or More Races
Categories with less than five are masked with **.
Dr. Cheryl Herman
Dr. Gwen Levine (left)
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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION Diversity is a cornerstone value of the CVM, an award-winning college, that both leads and collaborates within our profession in regards to climate, equity, and inclusion. A diverse and inclusive environment is essential for preparing veterinary leaders with an intentional, open, and global perspective. The CVM affirms diversity both broadly and specifically, and our community aims to be representative of our ever-changing state and nation.
National Reputation & Recognition Received 2017 HEED Award for Diversity in Health Professions The CVM is one of three DVM programs and one of only 24 health profession schools in the U.S. to receive the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This award is a national honor recognizing U.S. health profession schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. The CVM was selected based on work establishing a comprehensive and holistic approach to climate and inclusion, imbedding diversity into the admissions process, recruiting underrepresented and first-generation students to our college, establishing diversity and best practices for faculty searches and recruitment, monthly and annual diversity programming, and expansive professional development training for faculty, staff, and students that addresses inclusion, wellness, and diversity.
CVM faculty representation at national and local level • • • • • • •
Two national Broad Spectrum faculty advisors Co-Chair of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Leadership Academy Vice-Chair of AAVMC Diversity Committee Chair of AAVMC Veterinary Wellness Advisory Committee Chair of Texas A&M Women Administrators Network Invited participant on national panel about creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive environment Co-author on Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) in DVM students manuscript
DVM student representation at national level • • • • • •
Five national Broad Spectrum board members One SAVMA cultural outreach officer Hosted 2017 National SAVMA Symposium with full day of diversity and wellness programming One Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment (VOICE) national board member Shared best climate practices with other institutions: Purdue mediation class, Diversity & Inclusion On Air, and consultation and national committee work National diversity awards received by DVM students Erin Black and Austin Hardegree, and graduate student Diarra Williams
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Concept: It’s a race to see who gets to the books first! Inspired by Emma Watson’s Book Fairy campaign in the UK—the CVM is celebrating its own version of book giving with “The Amazing CVM Book Race!” Starting on Tue., Nov 21—the race is on!
How it works: “The Amazing CVM Book Race” will take place over three weeks. Each week will feature a popular book that highlights some aspect of diversity. Starting on Tuesday morning of each week, five book race tags will be hidden in random locations around the entire college (classrooms, hospitals, labs, administration, etc). Be one of the lucky five people to find a tag and claim that week’s book—it’s that simple! Who can play: All CVM students, faculty, and staff are eligible to participate. How to claim your book: If you find a golden book race tag, bring it to the CVM Office of Inclusion & Diversity, VENI, Suite 300 and exchange the tag for a book—it’s that easy!
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Percentage of URM DVM Students by Class Year 24% Texas A&M URM
National URM (excl. Tuskegee)* National URM
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
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16% 12% 8%
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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* Tuskegee Univeristy is excluded here to illustrate the impact it has as a Historically Black University (HBU) on nationally representative numbers. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Percentage of URM BIMS Graduates by Academic Year
Office of Inclusion & Diversity
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30% 25% 20%
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION Climate, Wellness, & Inclusion Diversity & inclusion programming
Recruitment, Retention, & Equity DVM students
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Basic mediation course (133 faculty and staff) Aggie Ally (60+ faculty and staff) Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention training Ouch! Your Words Make a Difference training Monthly diversity programs and newsletters DVM student wellness cart Amazing CVM Book Race program Yoga classes Stress reduction and management training Community service projects
Partnerships were developed to continue to meet the veterinary needs of Texas, now and well into the future, with four Texas A&M System Universities (WTAMU, PVAMU, Texas A&M-Kingsville, and Tarleton State University) A special Food Animal track was developed to serve rural communities in Texas Diversity scholarships for DVM students
Graduate diversity fellows PhD scholarships for diversity Biomedical Research Immersion and Diversity committees & groups Diversity For Graduate Education • Council on Diversity & (BRIDGE) program attracted Professionalism (CDP) undergraduate and URM students • VOICE • Graduate program • Broad SpectrumPercentage of URM DVM Students by Class Year extended communication and conflict 24% Mentorship & support groups management trainings Texas A&M URM • DVM student parents support group •
Large Animal faculty 16% mentors program • Small Animal faculty 12% mentors program • BIMS/DVM Courtney 8% scholars program
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National URM (excl. Tuskegee)* National URM
4% Inclusive CVM Facilities
• 21 gender neutral bathrooms 0% 2011 2012 rooms 2013 2014 • Five lactation • VBEC wellness room
BIMS undergraduate students 12 BIMS 2+2 community college programs Established CVM Regents Scholars program (Courtney Scholars) for first-generation students
Faculty & Staff •
Ranked fourth in the U.S. for number 2017 2020 2021 of URM 2018 clinical 2019 residents Year • Diversity elements required for all * Tuskegee Univeristy is excluded here to illustrate the impact it has as a Historically Black University (HBU) on nationally faculty searches representative numbers. 2015
Percentage of URM BIMS Graduates by Academic Year 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0%
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RESEARCH CVM Research Enterprise
Dr. Michael Criscitiello joined the CVM Office of Research & Graduate Studies as Assistant Dean in 2017.
The college’s research enterprise continues to grow and diversify. The CVM’s annual research expenditures for FY2017 were $34.7 million dollars, which was more than a $4 million dollar increase from the previous year. This is a direct result of the success and quality of the faculty, whose research range from basic science to clinical applications. The faculty’s commitment to cutting-edge translational research seeks to bridge the gap between the basic and clinical sciences, and the commitment to innovation is highlighted by an active pursuit of technology licensing and commercialization. One of the strengths of the CVM research enterprise is our graduate students and fellows, who are a large part of the research engine executing our faculty’s vision. The recent reorganization of the CVM Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) Graduate Programs as a centralized umbrella program with curricular training tracks, along with the administratively housed Toxicology Interdisciplinary Program (IDP), are in alignment with the college’s research strengths and enhance not only our student’s educational experience, but also our research programs. • Biomedical Genomics & Bioinformatics • Clinical & Translational Sciences • Infection, Immunity & Epidemiology • Physiology & Developmental Biology • Toxicology (IDP)
Research Funding Excellence in research at the CVM is evidenced in part by the millions of dollars obtained annually in extramural funding by our faculty members. Additionally, our college boasts three National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants including two T-32 training grants, one in Comparative Biomedical Research Training for Veterinarians and a second in Regulatory Science in Environmental Health and Toxicology, plus a T-35 training grant that supports the summer Veterinary Medical Student Research Training Program (VMSRTP). Similarly, CVM investigators have obtained significant funding from the NIH, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense (DOD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), multiple private foundations, industry, and the state of Texas during recent years.
Dr. Tracy Clement
Total Research Expenditures for 2017
2017 Research Expenditures by Funding Source 1%
Private & Industry NIH
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Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
RESEARCH Funding Spotlights Dr. Tracy Clement (VTPP): Mechanisms of a Novel Actin-Related Protein in Male Gametes Ensuring Fertility; Funding Agency: NIH ($746,996) Infertility affects approximately ten percent of couples with half of these cases linked to the male, however nearly half of the cases of male infertility are idiopathic with unknown causes. The sperm, which protects and delivers paternal genetic material at fertilization, is formed through necessary and profound cell shape and structure changes during spermatogenesis. This study will characterize the role of a requisite actin-related protein in the complex development of the spermatid and will increase our understanding of how fertilization-competent sperm are produced. Dr. Ivan Rusyn (VIBS): Tex-Val: Texas A&M Tissue Chip Validation Center; Funding Agency: NIH ($4.2 million) TEX-VAL is a Tissue Chip Validation Center at Texas A&M University that was established with a goal of testing a number of microphysiological systems developed by other academic investigators. Tissue chips are complex bioengineered systems that aim to re-create human organs or tissues on the chip and thus, replace testing of drugs and chemicals in animals and humans. TEX-VAL will use reference chemicals to establish whether performance of tissue chips is reproducible and whether the data that can be obtained from them can be used by companies and regulatory agencies to make decisions about safety and efficacy of the chemicals. Dr. Qinglei Li (VIBS): TGF-Beta Signaling In Endometrial Cell Function and Dysfunction; Funding Agency: NIH ($1,292,957) The proposed studies to define the role and associated mechanisms of TGFβ signaling in endometrial cell function and dysfunction are highly significant and are relevant to the mission of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to ensure women suffer no harmful effects from reproductive processes. This proposal will generate data that can be potentially utilized as a rational basis for developing new therapies to treat infertility resulting from endometrial dysfunction.
Dr. Ivan Rusyn
Publications Another important measure of research excellence is reflected in the publication of our research in high-impact, international journals in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences. Recent work has been featured on the cover of journals such as Nature, Science, Genomics, and Genome Research, as well as numerous discipline-specific journals. Our research mission is to improve the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment, as part of the Global One Health Initiative through collaborative learning, discovery and innovation in basic, applied, and translational research and commercialization in biomedical sciences.
Dr. Quinglei Li
Veterinary Biobanking Workshop The CVM organized a Veterinary Biobanking Workshop, which took place April 9–11, 2017. The workshop was developed through the initiative of Dr. Patricia Olson and the support of Mars Veterinary, American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, Westie Foundation of America, and the Skippy Frank Fund. It was motivated by recognition of the need to develop uniform quality assurance practice guidelines for collection, storage, retrieval, and distribution of veterinary biosamples for research, and to share, strategize, and recommend “best practices” for biobanking samples from animals.
Dr. Heather Wilson-Robles
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AROUND THE WORLD Study Abroad
6,631 DVM Alumni 10,302 BIMS Alumni
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BIMS alum in 20 foreign & the U.S.
a snapshot of the college's worldwide impact in 2017
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AROUND THE NATION 61 Washington 70 46
9 Montana 19
Oklahoma 59 5,023 Texas
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New Mexico 40
a snapshot of college alumni living in the U.S. in 2017
New Hampshire Vermont
Maine 6 3 7 10 Massachusetts 16 32 • 28 41 2 5 15 Wisconsin Connecticut New York 14 • 11 Michigan 11 38 Rhode Island 12 36 4 •3 Iowa Pennsylvania 29 33 26 19 New Jersey 21 • 19 30 Ohio Deleware 2 • 5 8 Illinois 39 West 29 Maryland 43 • 53 Virginia 55 35 20 34 Missouri Virginia District of Columbia 7 80 Kentucky 11 • 6 27 31 North 76 31 75 Carolina 31 56 Tennessee 18 South Arkansas Carolina 24 46 24 46 16 Armed Forces Europe Georgia 11 • 8 57 25 110 12 Louisiana 114 57
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VETERINARY INTEGRATIVE BIOSCIENCES (VIBS) Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS) carries out teaching, research, and service across a wide spectrum of biosciences. Biomedical science represents a vital component of the foundation of medical knowledge and includes investigation at molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. The faculty teach anatomy and public health courses in the DVM curriculum, as well as core and elective courses in the undergraduate and graduate curricula. Faculty and students are engaged in biomedical genetics, neuroscience, reproductive biology, toxicology, epidemiology, and public health. VIBS is also home to one of the few programs in science and technology journalism in the country. Additionally, through various outreach programs and services, VIBS department members engage and inform local, regional, and international communities.
Highlights from 2017 include: Faculty Appointments •
Dr. Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni – named assistant provost, Office of External Faculty Recognition Dr. Barbara Gastel – two-year appointment in collaboration with the Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communications Dr. Sarah Hamer – named Richard Schubot Endowed Chair
Retired Faculty • •
Dr. Leon Russell Dr. Loren Skow
Emeritus Faculty •
Dr. Les Dees
Awards/Honors/Activites International & National •
Drs. Louise C. Abbott, Lynn Ruoff, & Terri Clark (OSU) – 3rd ed. of Guide to Dissection of the Horse and Ruminants Dr. Leif Andersson – honorary degree from Texas A&M University; member of the American Philosophical Society;
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fellow of the National Academy of Inventors; and received Swedish Research Council excellence award Dr. Sakhila Banu – member of Health Systemic Injury and Environmental Exposures NIH study section Dr. Weihsueh Chui – chair of Mechanistic and Other Relevant Data subgroup of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Volume 117; chair of the Dose-Response Specialty group of the Society for Risk Analysis for 2016-2017 term; and member of the National Academy of Sciences EndocrineRelated Low-Dose Toxicity committee Dr. William Klemm – authored To Tell the Truth: Save Us from Concealment, Half-truths, Misrepresentation, Spin, and Fake News Dr. Gladys Ko – received patent for LV PEPTIDE, ANTILV ANTIBODY and METHODS THEREOF, US Application No: 15/424,816; and member of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) review panel Dr. Qinglei Li – member of Pregnancy and Neonatology NIH study section; DOD Ovarian Cancer Research Program integration panel; and Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology editorial board Dr. Weston Porter – member of the Integrative and Clinical
Endocrinology and Reproduction NIH study section Dr. Terje Raudsepp – member of Morris Animal Foundation Large Animal Scientific Advisory Board Dr. Ivan Rusyn – recipient of NIH-NIEHS $10-million, five-year grant for Texas A&M Superfund Research Center; and chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Long-Term Health Effects on Army Test Subjects Report review committee
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Dr. Christine Budke – TVMA Teaching Award Dr. Elizabeth Crouch – Association of Former Students (AFS) Award for Individual Student Relations Dr. Rachel Curtis-Robles– AFS Award for Doctoral Research Dr. Fabian Grimm – CVM Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate Award Dr. Sarah Hamer – Richard H. Davis Teaching Award Dr. Carolyn Hodo – 2017 American Committee of Medical Entomology Young Investigator Award; and CVM Outstanding PhD Student Award Dr. Larry Johnson – UniversityLevel AFS Award for Teaching Dr. Qinglei Li – CVM Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Dr. William Murphy – Texas A&M Presidential Impact Fellow Dr. Michelle Pine – Richard H. Davis Teaching Award Dr. Ivan Rusyn – CVM Outstanding Research Leader
VETERINARY PATHOBIOLOGY (VTPB) Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) focuses on mechanisms of disease including host/pathogen interactions, ecology of antimicrobial resistance, genetics of disease susceptibility and resistance, wildlife diseases, and conservation genetics. Scientists and students investigate the mechanisms of health and disease at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels. Core laboratories housed in VTPB (DNA Technologies, Molecular Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Flow Cytometry) provide research support to scientists in the college and across the campus. Residency programs are available in anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Laboratory Animal Medicine. Many faculty members also serve the VMTH, providing diagnostic support in several fields including pathology, necropsy, clinical microbiology/immunology, and clinical parasitology.
Highlights from 2017 include:
New Faculty • •
Dr. Richard Ploeg, Lecturer – Anatomic Pathology Dr. Ken Turner, Laboratory Instructor – Microbiology & Parasitology
New Schubot Center Director •
Dr. Sarah Hamer – Richard Schubot Endowed Chair & Director of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center
Retired Faculty • • •
Dr. Thomas Craig Dr. George Stoica Dr. James Womack
University & College • •
Awards/Honors/Activities International & National •
Dr. Garry Adams – Member, Committee on Revisiting Brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area, The National Academy of Sciences Dr. Angela Arenas – “Empower” through Sandia National Labs (Awarded project to build capacity on biosafety and biosecurity for Iraqi students) Dr. Donald Brightsmith – South American Regional Coordinator for the Parrot Researcher Network, part of the International Ornithological Union Dr. Laura Bryan – PEO Scholar Award (PEO International supports “Women helping women reach for the stars”) Dr. Maria Esteve-Gassent – Invention filed for multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCRP for the detection of tick-borne pathogens
Dr. H. Morgan Scott – World Health Organization Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AGISAR) Dr. Christopher Seabury – Briefed U.S. Congressional staff on value of federal investments in agricultural research Dr. Susan Payne – Authored Viruses—From Understanding to Investigation Academic Press/ Elsevier ISBN: 978-0-12-803109-4
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Dr. Shakirat Adetunji – John Paul Delaplane Award Dr. Jeffrey Musser Texas A&M University System Dr. Kenneth L. “Rock” Clinton International Study Abroad Education Programs Award Dr. Michael Criscitiello – CVM Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award Dr. Daniel Hernandez – CVM Outstanding Non-Thesis Masters Student Award Dr. Carolyn Hodo – CVM Outstanding PhD Student Award Dr. Blanca Lupiani – CVM Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Dr. Mary Nabity – VMTH Clinical Service Award Dr. Quincee Plumlee – L.P. Jones Pathology Resident Award Dr. Brian Porter – John H. Milliff Award for Teaching Dr. Sanjay Reddy – CVM Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award Dr. Guan Zhu – Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
Dr. Eleanor M. Green and Dr. Brian Porter
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VETERINARY PHYSIOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGY (VTPP) The Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology (VTPP) is a multidisciplinary basic science department that strives to shape the future of research and education in human and veterinary medicine. Research in VTPP is expansive and incorporates excellence in toxicology, reproductive and developmental biology, cardiovascular biology, regenerative sciences, bone biology, and pharmacology. The high level of cooperation among the various departments within the CVM and the Texas A&M University scientific community produces an unparalleled research and teaching environment. VTPP faculty are integral to many of the leading research centers both on and off the Texas A&M University campus. The department supports the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology, the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Reproductive Biology, the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, and houses the Reproductive Sciences Laboratory and the Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices. VTPP maintains a scientific community that fosters excellence in teaching and research, to train the next generation of biomedical professionals through the efforts of faculty, students, and staff. The diverse and collaborative nature of the VTPP faculty provides a rich environment that drives our commitment to excellence in a highly interactive, collaborative, and multidisciplinary teaching and research environment.
Highlights from 2017 include:
New Faculty • •
Dr. Tracy Clement – Tenure-track Assistant Professor Dr. Amanda Davis – Lecturer
Dr. Larry Suva – Fulbright specialist (Public Health), New Bulgaria University, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Awards/Honors/Activities International •
Dr. Annie Newell-Fugate – Field study in Panama: Assessment of Semen Quality in the Endangered Chacoan Peccaries Dr. Ken Muneoka – Member of the faculty council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) International Cell Research Organization (ICRO) Dr. Virginia Fajt – Chair, AABP Board; President, American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Chair, AVMA Committee on Antimicrobials Dr. Charles Long – Organizer, 2017 International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) Conference, Austin, Texas Diarra Williams, Graduate Student – Porter Physiology Development Fellowship Dr. Jayanth Ramadoss – Program Committee Member, Research Society on Alcoholism; Review Editor, Embryonic and Developmental Physiology - Frontiers in Physiology; Reviewer, NIH ZAA1, NIGMS COBRE, AA1 Dr. Yanan Tian – Chair, 2017 Gordon Research Conference, Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity Dr. Katrin Hinrichs – Focus of an interview published in the Biology of Reproduction
Dr. Annie Newell-Fugate – Review article published in Reproduction in 2017, which was the most downloaded review of 2017, with 8,030 downloads
Dr. Jayanth Ramadoss – Montague Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Scholar; TIER1 Grant–Collaborative Initiatives on Maternal, Perinatal, and Infant Health Research Dr. Christopher Quick – Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (UPUTE)
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Dr. Virginia Fajt – Bridges Teaching & Service Award; Organizer, 2017 CVM Teaching Showcase Alexandra Lacey – George Edds Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Dr. Katie Davis – Postdoctoral Fellow RSA Junior Investigator Dr. Matthew Nemec – CVM Postdoc Grant Raine Lunde, Graduate Student – RSA Student Merit Award Connor Dolan, Graduate Student – CVM Advanced Developmental Training Award Connor Dolan, Hanah Georges, Cassie Skenandore, and Carlos Pinzón college-wide presentation winners at CVM Graduate Studies & Research Symposium
LARGE ANIMAL CLINICAL SCIENCES (VLCS) Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS) develops large animal veterinarians through teaching; delivers veterinary care to our clients’ large animals through our staffed hospital services; and creates, disseminates, and clinically applies knowledge through research and continuing education. Faculty researchers are recognized leaders in the fields of stallion and mare reproduction, equine infectious diseases, equine gastrointestinal disease and microbiome, and equine regenerative medicine, and their results have translated from the laboratory to clinical application in patients. Students benefit from the truly unique, experiential learning environment, while providing veterinary care to over 100,000 livestock, poultry, and dogs at Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) agricultural units. The department offers one-year internships, for newly graduated veterinarians, and two- or three-year residency programs in several clinical disciplines for veterinarians seeking advanced training and board certification. These include: • Internships in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery and Equine Field Service • Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology) Residency • Large Animal Surgery Residency • Theriogenology Residency • Large Animal Medicine Residency • Equine Practice Residency
Highlights from 2017 include: Research •
Research advances toward development of broad-spectrum approaches for preventing infectious diseases of horses including vaccines and horse immune system modulators, unique discoveries for sperm function and processing techniques, fecal testing for diagnosis of non-steroidal inflammatory drug induced enteropathy and research evidence for efficacy of MicroRNA replacement therapy for tendon injury (Cover article for Molecular Therapy)
Innovative teaching efforts included the launch of a massive effort to increase hands-on, high-impact, experiential learning in ultrasound throughout all four years of the veterinary curriculum.
New Faculty • •
Dr. Kati Glass – clinical assistant professor Dr. Susan Eades – professor & department head
Retired Faculty •
Dr. Terry Blanchard
Awards/Honors/Activities University •
Dr. Leslie Easterwood was recognized as Student Veteran Faculty Supporter of the Year by the Texas A&M Veterans Resource & Support Center.
Dr. Glennon Mays joined the Professional Programs Office as director of recruiting and student services.
Dr. Susan Eades
Outreach and Service •
Hurricane Harvey horse rescue and care was led by Dr. Michelle Coleman and Dr. Wesley Bissett, Director of the Veterinary Emergency Team. Out of 54 horses and donkeys, all but two horses and four donkeys were reunited with their owners!
Dr. Glennon Mays
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SMALL ANIMAL CLINICAL SCIENCES (VSCS)
Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS) has three major missions: innovative education, leading-edge veterinary care, and clinical research and therapeutic trials. Each of these activities is intended to improve the quality of life for companion animals and their owners. The VSCS department provides clinical education in canines, felines, and exotics. The department’s researchers study health issues common to both humans and animals in areas such as cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, aging, and oncology. In 2016, VSCS developed space for clinical trials and biobanking, received two new endowed chair positions, and focused on innovative teaching through collaborations with the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Center for Educational Technologies, and through departmental grants for scholarship of teaching. VSCS offers the following one-year internships and three-year residency programs: • Internship in Anesthesiology • Internal Medicine Residency • Internship in Internal Medicine • Neurology Residency • Internship in Surgery • Oncology Residency • Internship in Zoo Medicine • Surgery Residency • Cardiology Residency • Zoological Medicine Residency • Emergency and Critical Care Residency
Highlights from 2017 include: Research •
We partnered with UT Southwestern Medical School through their National Institutes of Health Clinical Translational Science Award submission to discover and deploy new treatments for veterinary and human disease. VSCS has developed and implemented banking of tissues and blood samples for diseases of high importance. We continue to grow our clinical trials portfolio and have published key findings in areas such as cancer, spinal cord injury, gastrointestinal disease, cardiac dysfunction, and osteoarthritis.
Our faculty continue to innovate in education, by deploying interactive technologies in the classroom, using new educational models, and developing multi-disciplinary curricula.
Outreach and Services •
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We have opened new treatment areas for our internal medicine and oncology services, developed a comprehensive cancer treatment service through the hire of a surgical oncologist, and have expanded our interventional surgery capabilities. Our hospital continues to invest in telehealth strategies through the development of client communication tools and a new electronic portal for referring veterinarians.
VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL (VMTH) The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) at the CVM provides leading-edge compassionate care for animals while ensuring that our students receive the highest standard of veterinary medical education. The VMTH was the first teaching hospital to receive the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Referral Practice Accreditation, a recognition that the organization reaffirmed this year. In FY2017, the VMTH completed a collaborative strategic planning exercise that included leadership and representatives from the VMTH, the departments of Small and Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and the department of Veterinary Pathobiology. The result of this initiative was the creation of a unifying mission and vision, and a shared set of core values to align our missions of teaching, research, and service. These will provide a foundation for the establishment of strategic objectives that will propel our teaching hospital forward as a leader among academic veterinary medical centers. Mission: A better life through compassion, innovation, and discovery. Vision: To be the premier veterinary teaching hospital in the world. Core Values: Excellence, integrity, teamwork, communication, respect, and service.
Large Animal Hospital
Clinical Services & Hospital Operations • •
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Treated 21,425 patients in the Small Animal Hospital and 7,317 patients in the Large Animal Hospital. Treated 54 horses at the Large Animal Hospital and experienced the busiest weekend in Small Animal Hospital history following Hurricane Harvey. The response by VMTH clinicians and staff was extraordinary. Expanded the Orthopedic and Oncology service lines by recruiting two new surgeons and hiring additional nursing staff to each service. Completed two construction projects to renovate the Internal Medicine and Oncology treatment areas. Completed the Small Animal Hospital lobby expansion project by opening the long-term waiting area as part of our initiative to enhance the client experience. Replaced the flooring in the food animal area to improve patient safety, and the safety of our faculty, staff, and students. Launched VMTH “Scrub Store” to manage the hospital’s inventory and distribution of scrubs, and to control costs.
Small Animal Hospital
Advancing Innovation •
Updated and enhanced the Cardiology service line through a generous gift that allowed the VMTH to upgrade cardiac imaging and procedural capabilities in the Cath Lab. Engaged with Texas A&M College of Engineering students in the senior year capstone program to develop detailed maps for various processes within the VMTH, including but not limited to admissions, treatment, and discharge; emergency triage and ICU treatment; and anesthesia and perioperative services. Launched a program to reduce adverse events and improve patient safety, and to create a culture of continuous quality improvement. Implemented a program to standardize various processes throughout the VMTH to improve efficiency and to ensure accountability.
A dog's EASE app identifier is scanned by an Oncology veterinary technician.
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VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL (VMTH) Shaping tomorrow’s veterinarians while providing an unmatched patient and client experience is how the VMTH operates. The entire team of clinicians, staff, and veterinary students are committed to providing state-of-the-art care and making the CVM's teaching hospital a model for excellence in Texas and beyond.
Small Animal Hospital The Small Animal Hospital is home to 16 services. The doctors are leaders in their fields and the collaborative approach used to manage each case provides patients with unmatched comprehensive treatment. Patients have access to the full spectrum of veterinary care—from annual preventive medicine through the Primary Care Service to comprehensive cancer treatment through the Oncology Service.
Large Animal Hospital The 12 services of the Large Animal Hospital provide the best medicine available for horses, cattle, goats, sheep, swine, and camelids. The Large Animal Hospital is home to world-class veterinarians, technicians, and support staff who work as a team to be hands-on mentors to veterinary medical students. Patients receive the total package of veterinary care both in the hospital through a variety of clinical services and at home or on-farm through Equine and Food Animal Field Services. FY2017 Clinical Service Activity: Large Animal Hospital
FY2017 Clinical Service Activity: Small Animal Hospital
Clinical Service Name
Clinical Service Name
Emergency and Critical Care
Equine Community Practice
Equine Field Service
Equine Internal Medicine
Equine Orthopedic Surgery
Equine Soft Tissue Surgery
Equine Sports Medicine & Imaging
Internal Medicine I
Internal Medicine II
Food Animal Field Services
Food Animal Medicine & Surgery
TDCJ Gross Sales Net Revenue
Soft Tissue Surgery Zoological Medicine
VMTH Net Revenue + College Support Area
Large Animal Hospital
Small Animal Hospital
Total Revenue + College Support
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VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL (VMTH) FY2017 Large Animal Hospital Caseload* by Species
FY2017 Small Animal Hospital Caseload* by Species
66.67% **TDCJ and Field Service Cases
Number of Visits
Small Animal Caseload
Large Animal Caseload
Total Hospital Caseload
25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0
Year *Caseload: Each discharged case record is counted as one case. A case record may have multiple animals. Example: a mare/foal, litter, or herd are on a single case record.
Number of Visits
25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0
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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS Mission The CVM's International Programs initiative encourages faculty and students to look beyond our borders and to be problem solvers on an international scale through education—including numerous study abroad courses—and research.
Objectives Objectives of the initiative include encouraging and facilitating our faculty and students to be world citizens through study abroad opportunities, student exchanges and internships, faculty visits and exchanges, international development, and capacity building. Many CVM faculty also collaborate with faculty at universities abroad who share their research and teaching interests. Finally, the initiative seeks to introduce all that the CVM has to offer to a world looking for solutions to problems.
International Program Advisory Committee (IPAC) The IPAC is charged with implementing international grants and programs that strengthen ongoing CVM and Texas A&M programs. The members of the committee are well informed about international issues and opportunities that affect the educational and research programs of the college.
Online Resources Science Without Borders: Histology Dr. Larry Johnson is providing a Histology resource accessed by students around the world. Knowledge of histology is important in the understanding of cell biological structure and function, disease states, and therapeutic treatment. Digital histologic images, online lessons, and YouTube videos provide a mechanism to bring high-quality histology to the world with visualizations available anywhere and anytime—without the need for a microscope. Videos and lessons covering most of the body have been made for three groups of students (freshmen undergraduate, upperclass undergraduate, and medical students) and lessons covering most of the animal body have been made for veterinary students. Lessons link to the corresponding digital histologic images. Students can visualize (via computer, tablet, or smart phone) these digital images as if they were looking through a microscope themselves. Currently, there is an online histology class for 198 freshmen/sophomore undergraduate students using these resources. As of September 2017, the YouTube channel has 7,740 subscribers and has received 600,037 views since its inception in January 2013. Less than one third of these views were from the U.S. Videos have received several comments from all over the world. One medical student from South Africa said “she needed a histology instructor and now she has a virtual one.”
Study Abroad Opportunities Food Safety in Italy Veterinary students interested in learning about food safety and public health can participate in a summer short course in Italy led by Dr. Christine Budke. Students learn about the European Union’s food safety regulatory system and interact with peers in Italy.
BIMS in Costa Rica During this semester-long experience, BIMS students live and study at the Soltis Center in Costa Rica under the guidance of Dr. Donald Brightsmith. The trip includes coursework in genetics, microbiology, ecology, Spanish, and biomedical writing. For three weeks, students live with a host family to better understand the local culture.
Public Health in Spain This program, led by Dr. Maria Esteve-Gassent, is targeted to professional students interested in careers in veterinary medicine, human medicine, and public health. This immersion-based program focuses on how to communicate about global health within the context of both Spanish language and culture.
Human & Veterinary Medicine in Europe Dr. Jeremy Wasser has developed study abroad experiences in Europe for both veterinary students and undergraduate students. Veterinary students can also travel to Germany and the Netherlands with Dr. Michelle Pine for four weeks during the summer. Undergraduates in biomedical siciences and engineering can study with Dr. Wasser during a semseter in Germany and the Netherlands. Students explore the history of human medicine through a culturally intensive program, which includes a stay with a German host family.
South Africa Conservation Medicine These experiences, led by Dr. Alice Blue (two programs) and Dr. Jim Derr and Dr. Linda Logan (one program), provide veterinary students with the opportunity to be involved in wildlife darting and conservation management procedures in South Africa. Students will observe and interact with a large number of species such as rhino, leopard, elephant, lion, and more in their native habitats. 34 • 2017 CVM Annual Report
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS Psittacine Veterinary Field Experience in Peru This program, led by Dr. Donald Brightsmith and Dr. Sharman Hoppes, immerses veterinary students in a long-term research program studying the health, conservation, and natural history of large macaws and other psittacines in the lowland rainforests of southeastern Peru. The students work alongside veterinarians, biologists, foresters and other researchers from the U.S., Peru, and other countries as they collect health and conservation information on macaws and parrots. Students gain new insights into the practice of field research, learn how to work with people from different cultural backgrounds, and develop the skills needed to succeed as a member of an interdisciplinary research team.
Case Studies in Global One Health in Thailand This new program led by Michelle Yeoman is a hybrid study abroad experience, incorporating four weeks of study abroad instruction with six weeks on campus in College Station. In this course, students will use case studies to explore the connections between human, animal, and environmental health. The course is designed for undergraduate students who are interested in veterinary or human medicine, including public health, and wish to explore Global One Health issues. The students will work with elephants, rescued sea turtles, and other exotic species at a sanctuary.
Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru
Current Research Projects Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru The Tambopata Macaw Project began in 1989 with the goal of conserving large macaws by learning about their basic ecology and natural history. In 1999, Dr. Donald Brightsmith took over the direction and operations of the project. The project develops and evaluates techniques for increasing reproductive output of wild macaws, expanding our knowledge of macaw nesting behavior, increasing our understanding of the complexities of clay lick use, tracking macaw movements through satellite telemetry, and evaluating tourism as a method of protecting macaws and their natural habitats.
African Wildlife Conservation: Genomics, Genetics, & Health Project Students finish this experience with a new-found appreciation for the role of veterinarians in large landscape wildlife conservation medicine and return to the U.S. with newly developed skills to apply to wildlife health and sustainability issues across Texas. Wildlife experts guide participants through activities including animal restraint, administering drugs, field surgery, and darting. Other experiential learning can include interaction with crocodiles, buffalo, and rhinos.
African Wildlife Conservation
Organizations International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) The IVSA benefits animals and people worldwide by harnessing the potential and dedication of veterinary students to promote the international application of veterinary skills, education, and knowledge. With members all over the world, IVSA is constantly seeking to establish links with non-member countries to encourage the exchange of values and ideas.
Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF) The CVF is a student organization that joins membersâ€™ faith with serving others through veterinary medicine. Students have traveled to Haiti, Honduras, Mongolia, and Uganda. Through the CVF, students apply their knowledge and skills under the mentorship of veterinarians who are active in the profession on a global scale. Possible work includes spaying and neutering animals, deworming ruminants, and educating local children on animal husbandry and public health.
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GLOBAL ONE HEALTH Applying One Health to Global Health & Security In March 2017, the CVM appointed Dr. Gerald W. Parker as Associate Dean of Global One Health. He has a distinguished background in emerging infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness, and biodefense, having worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Texas A&M Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). Dr. Rosina “Tammi” C. Krecek was appointed Research Professor of Global One Health and has over 30 years of experience in cultivating sustainable One Health research, outreach, and education programs both nationally and internationally.
Driving Zoonotic One Health Research and Training: •
Bench to Shop is an international biorisk management training program funded by a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The program is designed to take research to technology transition and commercialization in select agent and transboundary animal diseases. The first cohort from the U.S. and South Africa completed the program in 2017. AgSecure Africa Programme or Less Risk More Value: Enhancing Biosecurity Best Practices of Livestock Diseases in South Africa (EBSA) is funded by the USDA—Foreign Agricultural Service to promote better biosecurity practices by small-scale livestock producers throughout four provinces in South Africa. Exemplifying the One Health approach, Dr. Sarah Hamer researches and educates the public about Chagas Disease, which infects an estimate of over 300,000 people in the US, by collaborating across departments, colleges, and universities, and with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
Creating an Supporting Interdisciplinary Learning Opportunities and Courses: •
Texas A&M graduate students from Iraq attend the inaugural Empower Biorisk Management Workshop at the CVM.
30 Texas A&M graduate students from Iraq learned about biothreat reduction from experts at Texas A&M and Sandia National Laboratories at the inaugural Empower Biorisk Management Workshop held at the CVM. 22 undergraduates from five Texas A&M colleges and schools (veterinary medicine, agriculture, liberal arts, education, and general studies) took part in the One Health Learning Community, which brings together students from diverse backgrounds and introduces them to One Health concepts and applications. Dr. Colin Young coordinated the One Health in Action course (BIMS 110) during the 2016-2017 academic year and will also coordinate Biodefense, Biosecurity, and Bioterrorism course (BIMS 289) during the 2017-2018 academic year. These courses are available to BIMS undergraduate students. The 2017 Disaster Day scenario employed the One Health approach by including veterinary, medical, pharmacy, and nursing students. Global One Health supported nine veterinary students who attended the 65th International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) General Assembly and Symposium at North Carolina State University. 12 Texas A&M veterinary students and two faculty members attended the CDC’s Veterinary Student Day.
Spearheading Global Outreach and Service: •
IVSA students from the CVM attended the 65th IVSA Assembly and Symposium at North Carolina State University.
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Global One Health collaborated with the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs to co-host the 2nd Annual Pandemic Policy Summit. Dr. Parker serves as an ex-officio on the Blue Ribbon Panel Study on Biodefense, contributing to their influential reports and recommendations. Dr. Parker co-authored both a highly-detailed white paper titled “The Growing Threat of Pandemics: Enhancing Domestic and International Biosecurity” and a widely circulated news article in The Conversation titled “How Trump’s Budget Endangers Americans.” The U.S. State Department approved the establishment of a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) liaison office at Texas A&M.
EQUINE INITIATIVE The Texas A&M Equine Initiative is a collaboration between the CVM and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. As a gateway to equine education, research, outreach, and services at Texas A&M, the Equine Initiative utilizes the expertise of the CVM and the Department of Animal Science, as well as contributions from colleges across campus, to create a program that will educate the industry’s future leaders, as well as generate research and veterinary medical care that will improve the industry and the care and welfare of the horse.
Major Imperatives: •
Four major imperatives have been developed to enhance and improve upon Texas A&M’s existing strengths to facilitate the vision of the Equine Initiative. These imperatives are: curriculum enhancement; outreach, engagement, and expansion; facility construction; and partnership development.
Highlights from 2017 include: •
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The Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex continues to provide support for teaching, research, extension, and outreach initiatives dedicated to equine programs at Texas A&M University. The campus-wide resource that is the Equine Complex is home to the Texas A&M NCAA Equestrian Team and the cross-country course for the Texas A&M Track Team. The Equine Complex hosted 242 events, with a current estimated attendance total of 26,700 in the first half of 2017, alone. The first Master of Equine Industry Management cohort graduated in May 2017. Dr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the 6666 Ranch horse division and a CVM Outstanding Alumnus, was named the 2017 Golden Spur Award winner, the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries in recognition of accomplishments by an individual. Dr. Jim Heird, executive professor, coordinator of the Equine Initiative, and the Dr. Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair, was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA). Dr. Heird continued his service as a member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Executive Committee. Recognizing his contributions to the western lifestyle in Texas, Dr. Heird was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Aggie graduate Hanna Galloway was named Assistant Coordinator of the Equine Initiative in January 2017, after having worked in other capacities for the Equine Complex and the Equine Initiative since January 2016.
Celebrating the graduation of the first cohort of Master of Equine Industry students are (from left) Laura Parunak, Paige Linne, Dr. Jim Heird, Sara Palacios, and Cari Klostermann.
Dr. Glenn Blodgett
Dr. Jim Heird
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VETERINARY EMERGENCY TEAM (VET) The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) has continued to serve our state and nation every day through deployments of the largest and most sophisticated veterinary response team in the country. The VET provides service-oriented educational opportunities for veterinary medical students through collaborations with Texas agencies and jurisdictions and builds regional preparedness and response capabilities through partnerships with other Texas A&M University System universities and privatesector veterinary medical professionals. The team is also involved in the development of a federal consortium focused on enhancing federal emergency response capabilities and homeland security. In 2017, the VET provided the largest and most complex veterinary medical emergency response effort to date during Hurricane Harvey, and the team’s response is considered as a model for the nation. Team members and resources were deployed to 10 Texas jurisdictions spread across approximately 375 miles, impacting approximately 3,000 animals. The VET also responded to the Canton, Texas tornadoes, providing emergency veterinary medical support until local veterinary practices were able to resume operations. The VET continues to support the Texas Task Forces by providing veterinary medical support to their canine teams during trainings and deployments. And, by working with Texas communities in the development of emergency plans for animals, the team is directly contributing to a better prepared Texas.
Supporting Texas During Disasters • • • • • • •
Helping Texas jurisdictions write animal emergency preparedness plans Training the next generation of veterinary medical professionals Providing veterinary medical care to animals impacted by disaster Protecting our state and national food supplies Reuniting families and their pets after a disaster Enabling canine & equine search-&-rescue team members to stay mission-ready Serving as the nation's “Gold Standard” for veterinary emergency teams
Counties – Deployments Counties – Deployments & Emergency Planning Counties – Emergency Planning Cities, Universities, or Other Entities – Emergency Planning as of September 2017
This map of Texas details VET deployments as well as counties and cities where the team has helped develop emergency preparedness plans for animals.
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The VET has and will continue to work collaboratively with other university entities, state and federal agencies, other colleges of veterinary medicine, and non-governmental agencies to resolve animal suffering and to better prepare communities to prevent and respond on behalf of animals when disaster strikes. This approach has led to the VET's national reputation for excellence in disaster preparedness and response. Key collaborators include: • Local Texas Communities • TVMA • Texas Department of Health & Human Services • Texas Division of Emergency Management • Texas Animal Health Commission • Texas Task Forces 1 & 2 • Texas State Guard • Texas A&M Forest Service • Texas A&M AgriLife Research • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension • Texas Engineering Extension Service: Emergency Services Training Institute • Banfield Foundation • AVMA • USDA • Other Colleges of Veterinary Medicine: -- Louisiana State -- Oklahoma State -- University of Florida -- Washington State
CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES (CET) The Center for Educational Technologies (CET) partners with subject matter experts across the CVM and around the world to develop technology-enhanced educational programs to meet today’s educational challenges.
Highlights from 2017 include: •
Collaborating with federal partners to support global one health initiatives: -- The Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Investigation Manual is funded by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to promote better biosecurity practices during a potential disease outbreak. -- The FAD Diagnostician Continuing Education Program is an innovative online program to prepare 500 veterinarians and veterinary technicians across the U.S. for animal disease outbreaks, funded by the USDA-APHIS. -- The Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Distance Learning Program is a $2.8 million grant from USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) using a blended-learning approach to address food safety, animal health, and plant health in trade along agricultural value chains. This program is available in English, Spanish, French, and Urdu and impacts over 80 countries. Collaborating with veterinary educators to create innovative learning experiences: -- Collaborating with CVM faculty to create transformative educational materials for use in the new DVM curriculum. Visit www.tamucet.org for examples. -- Developing an online platform to share content across 10 North American veterinary colleges Partnering with VetFolio to disseminate online continuing education to practicing veterinarians
Center for Educational Technologies Faculty and Staff
Educational innovations include three-dimensional rendering
TEXAS A&M INSTITUTE FOR PRECLINICAL STUDIES (TIPS) The Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) is a one-of-kind laboratory engaging in many collaborative research efforts and incorporating the use of spontaneous animal models into clinical trials of new drugs and devices. Its imaging capabilities rank among the best in the world. Housed within the CVM, TIPS is a uniquely qualified and positioned entity to conduct medical device and combination product safety studies in large-animal models in compliance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations.
Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies
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PARTNERSHIP FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION & RURAL HEALTH (PEER) The Partnership for Environmental Education & Rural Health (PEER) provides multifaceted outreach for science and veterinary medical education. Middle and high school curricula, state and nation-wide video conferencing and webcasts, and presentations to K-12 students stimulate career interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since fall 2016, the PEER Program has partnered with KAMU-TV to produce highquality, professional presentations and recordings for K-12 students across the nation as PEER reaches out to rural schools and minority populations in its STEM promotion among youth. The weekly broadcast features STEM and veterinary topics presented by renowned scientists and clinicians and are aligned with Texas state science education standards. These live, interactive presentations were viewed by over tens of thousands of students from around the world. Each presentation is also recorded in high definition and archived on the PEER YouTube channel for future viewing. Visit https:// www.youtube.com/channel/UCS37rGal0BqXemsqj5BNxdQ to view the videos.
2016–2017 PEER: Impact Measured by the Numbers New lessons developed
Dr. Larry Johnson, PEER Principal Investigator
Downloads of curricular materials • 2,201 teachers • 204,693 students impacted • 52% were students with minority status*
Downloads/views of science/veterinary-related videos
Students participating in veterinary-related STEM webcasts (student-webcast data = total number of students registered regardless of the number of webcasts seen by a given student) • 2,669 classes-webcast data • 40 states viewing at least one Teachers receiving PEER newsletter (all 50 states) Students participating in FFA state veterinary science clinic & competition for Veterinary Assistant Students attending science/veterinary medicine presentations
"Science and You" webcast
35,564 599 1,361
*Based on results of a survey of teachers
Counties with teachers who downloaded resources from peer.tamu.edu during the last year (2016–17).
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Counties with teachers who downloaded resources from peer.tamu.edu from 2008 through 2017.
CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) In 2017, the CVM's Office of Continuing Education (CE) offered the perennial favorite conferences: Emergency Critical Care, Feline, Canine, Veterinary Technician and Food Animal. Most of the speakers are talented CVM faculty members, many of whom are internationally renowned in their field. CE will nearly double the offerings during the next fiscal year, while significantly diversifying the portfolio of opportunities available to practitioners. CE conferences that were developed by entities outside of the CVM will be facilitated and new and exciting programs with an emphasis on small group and hands-on learning will also be offered. The goal is to provide a wide range of CE activities as a means for veterinarians and technicians in the region to hone their knowledge and skills so they can better serve the needs of their patients and clients. In May 2017, Dr. Allen Roussel, formerly head of the CVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and a faculty member at Texas A&M University for 33 years, joined the CE office as Coordinator. He is excited about his new position and the opportunities it presents. He and his assistant, Whitney Brown, are committed to and enthusiastic about the enhancements that have been integrated into the programs and those that are coming in the future.
Hands-on experiential learning
FY2017 Continuing Education Conference Report Conference/Seminar/Workshop
Chronic Wasting Disease (Hondo, Texas)
Dr. Walt Cook
October 4, 2016
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference
Dr. James Barr
October 22–23, 2016
Cargill Equine Veterinary Nutrition Workshop
Dr. Jim Ward
November 5, 2016
Anesthesia & Analgesia Conference
Dr. Maurico Lepiz
December 9–11, 2016
Food Animal Conference
Dr. Juan Romano & Dr. Kevin Washburn
June 2–3, 2017
22nd Annual Veterinary Technician Conference
Paula Plummer, LVT & Elizabeth Scanlin, BS
June 24–25, 2017
Dr. Audrey Cook
July 14–15, 2017
Dr. Johanna Heseltine
August 25–27, 2017
Food Animal Conference
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DEVELOPMENT Texas A&M’s third comprehensive fundraising campaign, Lead by Example, is a joint effort between the university and its affiliate organizations: the Texas A&M Foundation, The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation, and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. It is the largest higher education campaign in Texas history and, as of the launch, was the second largest conducted nationally by a public university.
What does it mean to Lead by Example? At Texas A&M, we believe leading by example means taking initiative. It means demonstrating our commitment to excellence. And, Endowment Sources & Market Value it means exploring, innovating, and effecting change to create a better world.
Texas A&M Foundation
The Lead By Example Campaign started in January of 2012, and 74% publicly launched in November 2015, with a goal of $4 ~$76 Million billion university-wide. Former students and friends are uniting with our faculty and staff to enhance the CVM's ability to tackle real-world problems—such as threats of infectious diseases, world hunger, and the advancement of human and animal health— while also preparing future generations of uniquely qualified leaders. The Lead by Example campaign will continue through 2020, with a goal of $200,000,000 for the CVM. As of December 2017, generous donors to the college have contributed more than 88% of the goal, or $177,782,099.77 in current gifts, planned gifts, and research support to the campaign. These contributions are impacting faculty, researchers, clinicians, staff, and students by enriching academic programs and practical learning experiences at the college.
Lead by Example Campaign Totals by Year for the CVM
Lead by Example Campaign Totals by Gift Use
Private Support to Research
The CVM Development Team (Back row from left) Monika Blackwell, Assistant Director of Development & Client Relations; Jordan Kuhn, Assistant Director of Development; Dr. O.J. "Bubba" Woytek, Asst. Vice President of Development; Julia Prickett, Administrative Assistant; and Catharine West, Development Relations Coordinator (Front row from left) Chastity Carrigan, Senior Director of Development; and Linzy Woolf, Director of Development 42 • 2017 CVM Annual Report
DEVELOPMENT The CVM Development Team is committed to building relationships between the college and friends of the college who have an interest in enhancing its financial resources. In the process of carrying out this commitment, the team makes numerous individual and group presentations on the wide variety of activities that take place at the CVM. In response to those efforts, CVM donors provided current and planned giving support of over $36 million in 2017. The total CVM endowment in FY2017 was $102 million.
Endowment Sources & Market Value Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Foundation
26% ~$26 Million
74% ~$76 Million
Scholarships One of the CVM's top priorities is scholarship support for DVM students, while providing them with an advanced veterinary medical education that utilizes the finest in modern educational methods and technologies. The DVM Endowed Class Scholarship initiative encourages each graduating class to create an endowed scholarship in its class name. Several graduating classes have already surpassed the $25,000 endowment level. Many former students use this vehicle as a way to memorialize classmates by giving to a deceased classmate’s class scholarship fund in their memory.
DVM Class Endowed Scholarships Class of ’41
Class of ’43
Class of ’51
Class of ’54
Class of ’55
Class of ’56
Class of ’57
Class of ’58
Class of ’60
Class of ’62
Class of ’64
Class of ’65
Class of ’66
Class of ’67
Class of ’68
Class of ’69
Class of ’70
Class of ’71 (2)
Class of ’72
Class of ’75
Class of ’79
Class of ’80
Class of ’81
Class of ’83
Class of ’93
Class of ’94
Class of ’02
Lead by Example Campaign Class of ’78 Class of ’76 Totals by Gift Use
1% Class of ’07 (3)
Class of ’84
Class of ’87
Class of ’09
Class of ’16 Facilities
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI & RISING STAR Faculty
Students The CVM established the Outstanding Alumni Awards in 1980, and the Rising Star Award in 2014, to recognize and honor the accomplishments of its graduates. In 2016, a commitment was made to include a Biomedical Sciences graduate in each year's class of Outstanding Alumni. Nominations of deserving CVM graduates are encouraged and accepted through December of the preceding year. Each year’s recipients are honored at a special dinner and reception during Homecoming Weekend each spring. Programs
Dr. William R. Fenner ’73 2017 Outstanding Alumnus
Joshua A. Floren ’97 2017 Outstanding Alumnus
Dr. Stephen D. Lewis ’79 2017 Outstanding Alumnus
COL Timothy H. Stevenson '88 2017 Outstanding Alumnus
Dr. Chase A. Crawford ’14 2017 Rising Star
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FUNDING PRIORITIES During the Texas A&M Capital Campaign—Lead by Example—the following funding priorities have been identified by the college's administration and the Texas A&M Foundation.
Build a new Small Animal Hospital ($85 Million): A new facility will enable advanced pet care, diagnostics and treatment, while also enhancing the student educational experience to develop highly-trained veterinary specialists. Naming opportunities begin at $25,000.
Support the Equine Orthopedic and Wellness Center ($25 Million): The center will develop the latest technology in regenerative medicine, surgical techniques, and healing mechanisms to better understand horses at the highest level of performance. Naming opportunities begin at $50,000.
Support Veterinary Medical Innovation initiatives ($20 Million): An endowment will support advancements in veterinary education through inventive teaching methods and healthcare delivery systems. Giving opportunities for student and faculty exploration begin at $100,000 while funding for professorships ($500,000) and graduate fellowships ($300,000) will encourage educational and clinical enhancements.
Fund the Center for Translational Medicine ($20 Million): Veterinary clinician scholars improve the lives of their patients by researching naturally occurring diseases found in people, such as cancer. Partnering with our human counterpart specialists provides advanced treatment options for animals and people. Giving opportunities begin at $100,000.
Support the Courtney Grimshaw Fowler Equine Therapeutic Program ($12 Million): This program will enhance our understanding of general equine therapy protocols and knowledge, as well as engage students in service-learning experiences. Giving opportunities begin at $25,000.
Support the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) ($10 Million): As the leading veterinary response team in the country, the VET impacts the state, nation, and world through disaster response and relief efforts. Endowed gifts of $25,000 or more will support the program’s growth, reach, and impact in times of distress, such as Hurricane Harvey.
Create a comprehensive Shelter Medicine program ($10 Million): This program will train students for veterinary medicine careers within shelters and help improve conditions in shelter settings. Giving opportunities begin at $25,000.
Create scholarships for DVM ($5 Million) and BIMS ($3 Million) students: The DVM program is one of the largest in the country, while the college’s BIMS program is the largest undergraduate degree-granting program on Texas A&M’s campus. Endowed scholarships for students pursing these degrees begin at $25,000.
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STEVENSON COMPANION ANIMAL LIFE-CARE CENTER The Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center provides for the physical, emotional, and medical needs of companion animals whose owners are no longer able to provide that care. Clients of the center include pet owners who want to ensure their pet’s future prior to entering a retirement home, being hospitalized for an extended period, or predeceasing their pet. The center was established by the college in 1993 at the suggestion of Dr. E. W. “Ned” Ellett, former head of the Small Animal Clinical Sciences department. Dr. Ellett’s dream became a reality with generous donations from the Luse Foundation and Mrs. Madlin Stevenson. Mrs. Stevenson said she chose to support the center because, “animals are especially important to the elderly and this center is dedicated to them and their pets.” Mrs. Stevenson, a life-long animal lover, passed away in September 2000, and her four cats, seven dogs, pony, and llama came to reside at the center. The center is a focal point of compassion for animals and dedication to their optimum care for life in a home-like environment.
Ellie Greenbaum Associate Director
Dr. Sonny Presnal Director
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The center is beginning it's 25th year of operation. Companion animals can live out their lives at the center in a home-like environment after their owners can no longer care for them. 92 pets have lived out their lives at the center since 1993. Over 600 companion animals, owned by 234 owners from 29 states and one country outside of the U.S., are enrolled to enter the center when their owners can no longer care for them. Four veterinary medical students live at the center to care for the resident pets on nights, weekends, and holidays. The center is located next door to the VMTH, which provides exceptional veterinary care for the residents. In 2014, Reveille VIII came to live at the Stevenson Center after she retired from her duties as the Texas A&M University mascot.
Stevenson Center Enrollments
Reveille VIII at the Stevenson Center
Stevenson Center Current Residtents
Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center
Resident caregiving humans Non-resident caregiving humans
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CVM/TVMA COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP The relationship between the CVM and the TVMA is treasured and mutually beneficial.
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP The Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
R. Dan Posey, DVM ’82 2017 TVMA President
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The value of what the TVMA provides students at the CVM in the way of support and engagement is immeasurable. • TVMA provides numerous scholarships and other financial assistance to CVM students, as well as their ongoing support of programs such as Open House, the Professional Programs Office, and Government Affairs Intern at the AVMA office in Washington, D.C. • TVMA donates numerous items to CVM students, such as stethoscopes (for first-year students), scrubs and a copy of the Veterinary Drug Formulary (for second-year students), and surgical scissors (for third-year students). • TVMA sponsors a Veterinary Ethics Program dinner for first-year veterinary students and participating veterinarians in both the fall and spring semesters. • Third-year veterinary medical students have the opportunity to attend a “clinic orientation” meeting with TVMA officers. • Governing bodies are open to student members. Each TVMA committee is open to students. • A third-year veterinary medical student serves as a voting member of the TVMA Board of Directors. • A veterinary medical student serves on the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) Board of Trustees. • TVMA commits close to $32,000 toward student events and activities, and the TVMF commits approximately $24,500. • TVMA supports the new Texas A&M University System-wide veterinary medical education initiative, “Serving Every Texan Every Day.” • The CVM partnered with TVMA in the fall of 2017 to host the Innagural Veterinary Job & Externship Fair at the CVM. Over 110 practices representing all regions of Texas met with students in all years of the curriculum to arrange externships and employment interviews. The opportunities TVMA members gain from engagement with CVM faculty, staff, and students include: • Opportunities for TVMA members to recruit and retain some of the brightest veterinary medical students to work as externs and associates in their veterinary practices. -- In 2017, TVMA members represented the majority of the more than 110 practices that attended the Innaugural Veterinary Job & Externship fair at the college. Practices from all regions of the state were able to set up employment interviews and arrange externships with DVM students. • Being re-energized as they return to practice, industry, or regulatory work. • The support of CVM faculty—100 percent of which are TVMA members—in various TVMA leadership roles. • Opportunities to give input on curriculum changes and student selection, which lets TVMA members have the ability to point out where the CVM is doing a good job and where it could improve as it molds graduates to become the future of the veterinary medical profession in the state. • Opportunities to participate in the multiple mini interviews used as part of the student selection process, giving TVMA members direct influence on the caliber of veterinary medical students that the CVM admits.
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP The Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
C. Jane Welsh, PhD Interim Dept. Head, Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Michael Criscitiello, PhD, MS Assistant Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
Kenita S. Rogers, DVM, MS, DACVIM Executive Associate Dean & Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Karen K. Cornell, DVM, PhD, DACVS Associate Dean, Professional Programs
Ramesh Vemulapalli, BVSc, MVSc, PhD Dept. Head, Veterinary Pathobiology
Bo Connell, MS, MBA Assistant Dean, Hospital Operations, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
Robert C. Burghardt, PhD, MS Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
Larry J. Suva, PhD Dept. Head, Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology
Belinda Hale, MBA Assistant Dean, Finance
Susan Eades, PhD, DVM, DACVIM Dept. Head, Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Misty Skaggs Chief of Staff, Office of the Dean
Dr. Gerald Parker Jr., DVM, PhD, MS Associate Dean, Global One Health
Elizabeth Crouch, PhD Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education
Jonathan Levine, DVM, DACVIM Dept. Head, Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Megan Palsa, PhD Executive Director of Communications, Media, & Public Relations
Chastity Carrigan, MS Senior Director of Development (Texas A&M Foundation)
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