College and parent universities
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med) is a two-state, three campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world. The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities.
The college’s flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., include teaching and research facilities and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 55,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Md. The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) is headquartered at the college's Blacksburg campus and maintains a Washington, D.C. presence with faculty working at its College Park campus.
Academic programs and dual degrees
The college offers a four-year full-time professional program leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and a graduate program leading to the Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS). The college’s Department of Population Health Sciences administers Virginia Tech’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The college offers the opportunity for DVM students to participate in graduate studies through the DVM/PhD and DVM/MPH dual degree programs.
International learning experiences
To anticipate and serve the demands of a world where people, livestock, pets, and zoonosis cross borders with increased frequency, the college is actively incorporating international programs and collaboration and providing experiential opportunities overseas for students and faculty. Through international exchange programs and clerkship opportunities in places such as Chile, India, Italy, and the Dominican Republic, students are exposed to different approaches to animal care, veterinary education, agricultural systems, public health research, and government strategies for infectious disease control and prevention.
The college's current enrollment includes approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students and 100 Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS) graduate students. Starting with the DVM Class of 2016, the college expanded the number of students to 120—50 Virginia residents, 30 Maryland residents, and the remainder at-large applicants, including up to six West Virginia residents.
Faculty and staff
Approximately 100 faculty members and 300 staff members are dedicated to teaching and support services in both classroom and clinical environments.
The college's hospitals include the Veterinary Teach Hospital in Blacksburg, Va., which comprises the Small Animal Hospital and the Harry T. Peters, Jr. Large Animal Hospital, and the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va.
Expanded and enhanced facilities
The college is in the midst of a physical transformation of its main campus in Blacksburg, Va. with the opening of a $14.1 million, 30,000 square-foot Veterinary Medicine Instruction Addition (VMIA) in August 2012 and a $10.5 million, 16,000 square-foot Infectious Disease Research Facility in November 2011. The VMIA includes a state-of-the-art clinical techniques laboratory for third-year students, 33 new faculty offices, flexible instructional space, student seminar space, and small conference areas. Other recent improvements include newly renovated laboratory spaces for first and second-year students, classroom spaces with new theater-style seating and carpeting, and hospital upgrades to accommodate new Small Animal Community Practice offices, exam rooms, and treatment areas.
The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA COE) and the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International.
Under the leadership of the Office of Research & Graduate Studies, the college conducts a broad spectrum of basic/molecular and translational/applied research that is strongly focused on animal health and productivity, and human health and well-being. Biomedical research training opportunities are available for DVM students. Graduate and dual degree seeking students participate in a variety of discipline areas of the research program.
The college's charter class graduated in May 1984 and the alumni society has grown to more than 2,600 members. VA-MD Vet Med alumni work in veterinary hospitals, specialty practices, academic institutions, government agencies, research laboratories, international health organizations, military service, and even in the halls of Congress.