Veterinary Medicine in the Texas Panhandle
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VERO’s Education Focus
VERO is already expanding the pipeline of students from undergraduate study at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) for their DVM education. And, it encourages their return to practice in rural communities, to support livestock industries, and to catalyze economic growth in the Texas Panhandle region.
Enhancing the DVM Curriculum
The VERO educational program will primarily support the training of the DVM students at the CVM—it will not have it’s own student body separate from the CVM. Although construction of the main facility is not yet complete, the VERO faculty have already begun student training. In fact, the summer of 2019 will be the third that “summer interns” have lived on the WTAMU campus while working with mixed-animal veterinarians and livestock operations (feedyards and dairies).
Additionally, VERO has begun clinical rotations for CVM students. In May of 2019, VERO finished a week-long program that introduced select CVM students to the Texas Panhandle’s livestock production and mixed practice possibilities. Starting in the fall of 2019, VERO faculty will begin regular mixed-animal practice training rotations that focus on providing care for dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and swine. In the future, select CVM students will also have the opportunity to learn about equine dentistry at VERO.
Established in 2009, VERO is the partnership between the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM)
and the West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) Paul Engler College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
to bring Veterinary Education, Research & Outreach to the Texas Panhandle.