Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) is ranked No. 6 in the world and No. 3 in the United States by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), an educational services firm that has rated the top 50 veterinary medicine schools globally.
“I’m new to Texas A&M, but I’ve long been aware of the extraordinary teaching, research and service reputation of our program in veterinary medicine — a program that for decades has accounted for a large number of our nation’s veterinarians, many of whom have helped train the next generation of veterinarians, and who have been in the vanguard in medical research that benefits both mankind and animals,” noted Texas A&M President Michael K. Young. “Thus, I’m not surprised by this well-deserved assessment of our College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and I’m delighted for this to be one of my first opportunities to comment publicly on what’s transpiring here at Texas A&M.”
Established in 1916, the CVM is the only veterinary school in Texas and is one of the country’s largest with a current enrollment of 527 students. Many of its programs are nationally ranked.
“Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has a strong tradition of excellence in serving the citizens of the State of Texas and our nation through education, research, service and outreach,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “We are honored that the hard work and commitment of our dedicated faculty, staff and students has been recognized in this way by academic peers, employers of veterinary graduates and those assessing research impact.”
Texas A&M, Cornell and University of California-Davis are the only United States veterinary colleges to rank in the top 10, with five other American veterinary programs listed in the top 20. The University of California-Davis is rated the top veterinary school in the world by the ranking group, followed by Cornell University. Next are the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London (No. 3), the University of Guelph in Canada (No. 4), and Utrecht University in The Netherlands at No. 5.
While three of the top 10 spots are claimed by the US, five more US universities appear in the top 20: Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota at 13, the University of Florida at 17, the University of Pennsylvania at 19 and North Carolina State University at 20.
The rankings by QS are based on several factors, including academic reputation, employer reputation and academic citations in research papers. QS combines multiple, well-respected university data sources, in this, their first-ever survey including veterinary medicine. QS, founded in 1990, has offices in 50 countries.
“This ranking is important as it acknowledges our innovative, collaborative and transformative work that is making a difference around the world, and will have a positive impact on the health of animals, humans and the environment for many years to come,” said Green. “Our reputation is positively influenced by the commitment at Texas A&M to develop leaders of character dedicated to serving the greater good and to hold strong to its six core values: excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.”
The CVM is committed to robust collaborations with the other colleges and units on campus and beyond, she said. Recently, Texas A&M identified societal impact areas of notable strengths, termed “Grand Challenges.” The CVM was identified as the lead college for the “One Health” Grand Challenge and is facilitating new collaborative efforts across disciplines, colleges and institutions to enhance animal, human and environmental health. One Health programs include research teams, as well as student learning communities, which include veterinary, medical, public health, agriculture, graduate and other students working in an integrated environment. The CVM’s International Programs encourage faculty and students to look beyond borders and to solve problems on an international scale.
The CVM has awarded more than 7,100 DVM degrees. Its graduates include outstanding leaders within the profession, such as those who have served as presidents of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Specialty Organizations, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the World Veterinary Association, the World Equine Veterinary Association and other national veterinary organizations. The college recently broke ground on a new $120 million Veterinary and Biomedical Education Complex that will be completed in May 2016. In partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife, the CVM recently held the grand opening of the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex, the $33 million education and outreach facility which represents Phase One of the $80 million Equine Initiative Complex.
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