By Donald F. Smith, DVM, DACVS
Posted January 11, 2016.
Editors Note: This is the first of six contiguous articles on veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University, in honor of their college’s centennial year.
2016 is a big year for Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Not only is this year the centennial of the founding of the only veterinary college in Texas, but it also heralds the completion of a $350 million capital expansion plan and the progress on a major small animal hospital campaign. Here are a few facts about the college and its environment.
The institution’s official name is the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. This designates the inclusion of Biomedical Sciences, the pre-professional undergraduate program that is aligned administratively with veterinary medicine. Only two other US veterinary colleges have a similar arrangement (Colorado State and Washington State).
In 2015, the college achieved its highest ranking to date among US veterinary colleges (third), and also placed sixth in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds ranking.
Texas is the second largest state in the country. The city of College Station, where the university is located, and the contiguous city of Bryan have a combined population of 200,000. They also strategically located within 170 miles from the state’s four largest cities with Houston to the southeast, Austin and San Antonio to the southwest, and Dallas-Fort Worth to the north.
|Dr. Mark Francis (first dean) and Dr. Eleanor Green (current dean)|
Photo courtesy of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Of the college’s 5,000 AVMA-member graduates, over 77% live in Texas, giving the highest percentage of in-state graduates of any veterinary college in the country.