Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

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.

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. Serving all of Texas, as the only college of veterinary medicine in the state, the CVM supports the state’s livestock and wildlife industries and provides viable diverse professional career paths for Texans by promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. 

The college’s innovative, collaborative, and transformative work 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. The CVM’s 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. Recently, Texas A&M identified societal impact areas of notable strengths, termed “Grand Challenges.” The CVM is 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 our 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 and international 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.

  • 1916 – School of Veterinary Medicine was established and Dr. Mark Francis was appointed first Dean.   He became known as the "Father of the Texas Cattle Industry" for developing a method to immunize cattle against Texas fever.
  • 1920 - First graduates (4) received DVM degrees from Texas A&M.
  • 1929 - Texas A&M Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association was organized.
  • 1949 – Veterinary Library opened, later expanding to become the Medical Sciences Library. The library contains one of the most comprehensive collections of veterinary medical references in the world, among them a historic collection in veterinary medicine and equine science spanning the 16th through 19th centuries that was acquired by the Texas A&M University Libraries in 2010.
  • 1952 – Gilberto S. Trevino was one of the first Hispanic men to receive the DVM from Texas A&M.   Sonja Oliphant Lee was the first woman (1966), James L. Courtney (1968) the first African American man, Dorthea T. Robinson the first Hispanic woman (1968), and Dana Johnson (1987) the first African American woman to follow suit.
  • 1953 – The first Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital was constructed.
  • 1955 – Veterinary Sciences Building was constructed.
  • 1957 – Willis W. Armistead ’38 became the first graduate of Texas A&M to serve as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.   Since then seven additional Aggie graduates have held this office:   Dan J. Anderson ’38 (1962), Harry J. Magrane ’43 (1975),William L. “Dub” Anderson ’53 (1977), Alton F. Hopkins ’54 (1986), Leon H. Russell ’65 (1993), Bonnie V. Beaver ’72 (2004), and Larry M. Kornegay ’69 (2010-2011).
  • 1963 – School of Veterinary Medicine designation was changed to College of Veterinary Medicine and in 2004 to College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM).
  • 1964   – Inter-agency agreement partnership was established with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide veterinary care for its farm operations (1,500 dogs; 1,400 horses; 25,000 swine; 15,000 cattle; and 300,000 poultry); this partnership continues and is of immense value to students and both institutions.
  • 1970 – Biomedical Sciences (BIMS) undergraduate degree program was initiated.
  • 1971 – Professor Duane “Dewey” Kraemer (while at the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education in San Antonio) performed the first commercial embryo transfer in cattle.  
  • 1 974 – Willis W. Armistead ’38 became the first DVM graduate of Texas A&M to serve as Dean of another veterinary school (Founding Dean, University of Tennessee).   Since then, 4 other Aggie DVM graduates have held deanships: H. Richard Adams ’66 (University of Missouri, 1992-1998; Texas A&M, 1998-2009), Joe N. Kornegay ’73 (Missouri, 1999-2006), and Deborah T. Kochevar ’81 (Tufts, 2006-present).
  • 1 975 – David Carlton served as the first Aggie President of the Student American Veterinary Medicine Association (SAVMA).   Other Aggie presidents have included Travis McDermott (2005) and Ricci Karkula (2014).
  • 1976 - Professor Duane Kraemer reported the birth of the first non-human primate, an Anubis baboon, by embryo transfer. He subsequently reported the first births of cats and dogs by embryo transfer. With his students and colleagues, he has conducted pioneering research on non-domestic and endangered species such as addax, desert bighorn sheep, blackbuck antelope, suni antelope, klipspringer antelope, American bison, white-tailed deer, axis deer, fallow deer, Armenian red sheep, chimpanzees, western lowland gorillas, killer whales, bottlenose dolphins, Asian elephants, African lions, giraffes and okapis. In 2006, he received the International Embryo Transfer Society's Pioneer Award.
  • 1978 – First endowed professorship in the CVM was created:   the Richard and Rhody Schubot Professor of Avian Health Chair.   Donors have since endowed the Chester J. Reed Chair in Veterinary Medicine (1983), W.P. and Bulah Luse Professorship in Comparative Genomics Research (1985), Mark L. Morris Endowed Professorship in Veterinary Clinical Nutrition (1988), Sid Kyle Endowed Chair in Veterinary Toxicology (1991), Wise, Lewie, and Worth Chair in Cardiology (1999), Tom and Joan Reed Chair in Veterinary Surgery (1999), Pin Oak Stud Chair in Stallion Reproduction (2004), Patsy Link Chair in Mare Reproductive Studies (2005), Dr. Charles H. and Mildred Kruse Bridges Chair in Veterinary Medical Education (2006), Earline and A.P. Wiley Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine (1987), Carl B. King Deanship in Veterinary Medicine (2006), Dr. Fred A. and Vola N. Palmer Chair in Comparative Oncology (2007), Helen McWhorter Chair in Small Animal Medicine (2008), John Tom Campbell '45 Research Chair (2008), Glenn Blodgett Endowed Chair in Equine Studies (2011), Velma and James R. Saunders DVM '41 Veterinary Faculty Chair (2013), and Katherine and Rebecca Rochelle Chair in Oncology (2013).
  • 1978 – Paulette Ellis was the first African American woman to graduate from the BIMS program.
  • 1981 – Small Animal Hospital was constructed.
  • 1984 – Stephen Safe became the first faculty member in the CVM to hold the university title of Distinguished Professor.   Other faculty since granted this title are James E. Womack (2001), Timothy D. Phillips (2012), and Ian R. Tizard (2013).
  • 1990 – CVM faculty established the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology, which obtained the first National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded Superfund Basic Research Program, Toxicology training program, and Center of Excellence grants.
  • 1993 – Ann B. Kier ’74 became first woman department head in the college.
  • 1993 – Veterinary Research Building and new Large Animal Hospital were constructed.
  • 1993 – Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center was founded.
  • 1993 – Novasil® was patented by CVM professor Timothy D. Phillips; an estimated 10 percent of the world’s animal feeds now contain this clay-based sorbent to detoxify the mold poison aflatoxin.
  • 1994 – Professor Michael D. Willard received the National Norden Teaching Award for veterinary medicine.   Professor G. Anton received this award (renamed Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award ) in 2011.
  • 1999 – Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER) was established to provide state outreach to K-12 students to stimulate interest in science and technology.
  • 1999 – CVM researchers cloned the first of six different mammalian species, more than any other academic institution. Cloning resulted in the births of “Second Chance” (1999, first calf cloned from an adult steer in the world), “cc” (2001, first cat cloned in the world), and “Paris Texas” (2005, first horse cloned in North America), as well as deer, goat, and pig clones.   Principal investigators were Professors Duane C. Kraemer, Mark E. Westhusin, Jorge Piedrahita, and Katrin Hinrichs.,
  • 1999 – CVM Distinguished Professor James E. Womack was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, also receiving the Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 2001.
  • 1999 – Michael E. DeBakey Institute for Comparative Cardiovascular Science and Biomedical Devices was established.
  • 2005 – CVM Professor Leon H. Russell ’65 was elected first American President of the World Veterinary Association.
  • 2005 – Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) was established as the first emergency response team in the state and the largest and one of the most medically sophisticated veterinary emergency teams in the nation dedicated to responding to animal needs in a disaster.
  • 2007 – Texas A&M Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS) was established for preclinical development of drugs and devices to treat diseases of companion animals and people.   It is one of the few good laboratory practice (GLP) large animal facilities in the nation and offers imaging capabilities that are among the best in the world.
  • 2007 – CVM researchers began publishing several of the first vertebrate whole genome sequences: short-tailed opossum (first marsupial sequenced in the world, 2007), American Quarterhorse (2012), Scarlet Macaw (2013), and Bobwhite Quail (2014).   Beginning in 2002, CVM, Baylor College of Medicine, USDA, and University of Illinois scientists spearheaded the creation of the Bovine Genome Sequencing Project under the umbrella of the National Human Genome Research Institute.
  • 2009 – Dr. Eleanor M. Green became first woman named dean of the CVM at Texas A&M University.
  • 2009 – CVM Research Building Annex was completed with 26 additional laboratories.
  • 2009 – CVM became the first veterinary teaching hospital to receive American Animal Hospital Referral Practice Accreditation, reflecting the highest standards in veterinary medicine.
  • 2009 – CVM Professor Timothy Phillips received Sigma Xi Walston Chubb Innovation Award, which honors and promote creativity among scientists and engineers, for his research on technologies to improve food and feed safety.
  • 2010 – CVM Professor Barbara Gastel received the Sigma Xi John P. McGovern Science and Society Award for her outstanding contribution to science and society though the advancement of science editing and communication.           2011 – CVM Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center was established, one of two veterinary facilities in the nation to offer tomotherapy for cancer treatment and the only one to accommodate large animals.
  • 2012 – CVM became the lead college for Texas A&M’s One Health Initiative, one of six societal Grand Challenges by which the university will chart its priorities for future investment and innovation. Since 2012, five distinguished faculty members were hired in the CVM to lead the expansion of multidisciplinary research efforts in toxicology, genomics, regenerative medicine, and infectious disease.
  • 2012 – “Veritas” was launched as a first-in-kind public-private partnership between CVM, the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) to create a state-of-the-art learning environment for veterinarians everywhere.  
  • 2013 - Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology was launched for regenerative medicine research.   The Center is a research superiority award of Texas Emerging Technology Fund representing the collaboration between the Texas Heart Institute (THI), CVM/Texas A&M University, and the State of Texas.
  • 2013 – Clinical rotation in shelter medicine and animal welfare was established for all 4th year DVM students at the Houston SPCA, the largest animal sheltering organization in Texas.
  • 2013 – Dr. Bonnie V. Beaver was selected for the AVMA LEGENDS Award.
  • 2014 – CVM and Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dedicated Phase I, a $35 million component, of the $80 million Texas A&M Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex.
  • 2014 – CVM Avian Complex was constructed.
  • 2014 – CVM broke ground on new $120 million Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex that is designed to serve the veterinary educational needs of Texas in the future.
  • 2014 – Aggie DVM Deborah T. Kochevar ’81 became first woman President of the AAVMC.   Dean Eleanor M. Green will start her term as second woman President in 2015.
  • 2014 – As of May 2014, the CVM has graduated 7,400 DVMs, over 8,700 undergraduates in Biomedical Sciences, 674 M.S. students, and 509 Ph.D. students.