The College (CVMNAH) is composed of the School of Veterinary Medicine (Animal Health) and the School of Nursing and Allied Health (Human Health). This College is the only one of its kind in USA where Animal Health (Veterinary Medicine) and Human Health (Nursing and Allied Health) are interlinked and merged under one College within the framework of the One Health/One Medicine approach.
Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM)
- The TUSVM is one of 30 Schools/Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the USA. It is highly diversified in that is fully integrated serving African-Americans, Caucasian students, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans and even international students.
- The TUSVM historically was established in 1945 for the training of African Americans (AA) at a time when AA did not have other opportunities to study veterinary medicine due to segregation and other racial impediments. In 1945, the USA had only ten Schools of Veterinary Medicine. It is estimated that fewer than five AA were located in the Southern States at that time. It graduated its first class of fully qualified veterinarians in 1949.
- The TUSVM is the most balanced racially, ethnically and culturally among all schools of veterinary medicine. It is a unique place where true diversity shines in a school of veterinary medicine in the nation. The TUSVM has educated over 70% of the nation's AA veterinarians. It is estimated that 10% of all Hispanic veterinarians and more than 59% of all AA veterinarians who graduated during the last 5 - 7 years were educated at TUSVM.
- The college offers the following academic programs: the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, two Master of Science degrees (veterinary science and tropical animal health), a dual DVM/MS degree, the Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences (in collaboration with the College of Agricultural, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences), the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Pathobiology, and the Institute for Public Health Studies (with the Master of Public Health).
- The faculty members are dedicated, sensitive and of high caliber in their chosen fields of veterinary medicine with most having the DVM and the terminal degree (PhD) and/or are Board certified in their disciplines. Just like the students the faculty members are diverse with national and international renown. At least 75% of the basic sciences faculty members hold both the DVM and PhD and nearly 60% are tenured.
The TUSVM has served a singular role in expanding diversity of the veterinary profession. Since 1985 until now, the Schools and Colleges of Veterinary Medicine in the USA had about 2% of the student population being AA. Nearly 50% of these were at TUSVM.
- According to the Comparative Data maintained by the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), while overall minority enrollment in veterinary medicine is increasing in the 30 schools of veterinary medicine, the total enrollment of AA in the other 29 School/Colleges is actually decreasing slightly or at best has remained at the same level over the past 20 years.
- The TUSVM, as its parent institution, Tuskegee University, is a semi-private institution. The State of Alabama or the federal government does not allocate an annual budget for the operation of the School. It relies on tuition, grants, contracts and donations or support provided by individuals and selected organizations.
- Although not supported by tax or public funds like other Land Grant Institutions in USA, the TUSVM remains to be first-rate academic institution.
- The TUSVM graduates have excelled in private clinical practice, in public practice such as in the government, in the military and in corporations such as the pharmaceutical industry.
- TUSVM graduates hold key leadership positions in government, the military, in the academy and in the international arena. For example, six TUSVM graduates currently serve or recently served as Dean, Interim Dean or Associate Dean in the USA.