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The College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is ranked 6th in the world and 3rd in the United States, and our Small Animal Hospital has served Texas and the nation for more than 30 years, training specialists through renowned internship and residency programs. We are leading the way for research in areas from oncology, neuroscience and biomedical genomics to infectious diseases and biodefense. We are committed to fostering exceptional learning opportunities and addressing the issue of student debt. All over the world, our veterinarians hold positions of prestige and responsibility, improving both animal and human health.

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FUNDING PRIORITIES

Build a new small animal hospital ($85 million)

For more than 30 years, the Texas A&M University Small Animal Hospital has served Texas A&M, the veterinary profession, the local community, the State of Texas and the nation through teaching, research and service. While it is focused on the care and long-term health of patients, the existing space was designed when educational methods were different and specialization in veterinary medicine was in its infancy. A new small animal hospital would provide solutions to the critical issues we currently face and enhance the reputation of the CVM overall. With the addition of a 21st-century hospital facility to our campus, Texas A&M will be more enticing to the best and brightest faculty, staff and students in the veterinary field. Naming opportunities begin at $25,000.

Support the Equine Orthopedic and Wellness Center ($25 million)

The center will develop, test and utilize the latest technology in regenerative medicine, surgical techniques and pathophysiology of injury and healing mechanisms to better understand and prevent injury, improve the healing of injury and maintain horses at the highest level of performance. Naming opportunities begin at $50,000.

Support innovation in veterinary medicine ($20 million)

College researchers find answers to some of the world’s most complicated questions. Much of the research incorporates the “One Health” concept, which recognizes the complex interactions between human and animal health and the environment. The college seeks an endowment to support innovative advancements in veterinary education through a fund to support and spark development of new inventive teaching methods and healthcare delivery systems, capitalizing on student and faculty exploration (giving opportunities begin at $100,000). Funding for professorships ($500,000 each) and graduate fellowships ($300,000 each) will promote and attract faculty and students to the investigation of new educational and clinical enhancements.

Fund the Center for Translational Medicine ($20 million)

Veterinary clinician scholars improve the lives of animals and people through the knowledge gained using novel treatments for patients with similar naturally occurring diseases as in people, such as cancer. Partnering with our human counterpart specialist, clinical trials stimulate rapid acceptance of pharmaceuticals and advanced treatments to the animal and human markets, and provide more treatment options for animals and people. Support begins at $100,000.

Support the Courtney Grimshaw Fowler Equine Therapeutic Program ($12 million)

The equine therapy program is the only “one health” centered equine therapy program in the country. The college’s goal in establishing a certificate program is to provide real-world teaching experiences to Texas A&M System undergraduate and graduate students who may be interested in a career in therapeutic riding. The experiences gained and the lessons learned from this program will enhance our understanding of general therapy protocols and will bolster our medical knowledge of therapy in general as it relates to improving quality of life. Giving opportunities begin at $25,000.

Support an endowed fund and/or give operating support for the Veterinary Emergency Team ($10 million)

The Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) is the leading veterinary response team in the country, impacting the state, nation and world through disaster response and relief efforts. With an emphasis on service, the VET ensures that animals impacted by disaster have a second chance at life. The organization has maintained an aggressive outreach program aimed at transferring emergency preparedness and response knowledge to the citizens, veterinarians and emergency response officials of the State of Texas. The VET also offers a required rotation for fourth-year veterinary students— the nations only required clinical educational experience in veterinary medical emergency preparedness and response. Endowed gifts of $25,000 or more will allow this program to exist in perpetuity and will support the program’s growth, reach and impact in times of distress, such as Hurricane Harvey.

Create a comprehensive and collaborative Shelter Medicine Program ($10 million)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students complete a required two-week rotation with the Houston SPCA to promote spay and neuter programs. Such programs combat pet overpopulation, promote stronger relationships between veterinarians and animal welfare organizations, and promote the health and well-being of animals and people through public awareness and client communications. Support of this program will allow students to have more opportunities for experiential learning in the shelter medicine environment and a first-hand look at the business practices and customer service that affect the shelter population daily. Giving opportunities begin at $25,000.

Create scholarships for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and biomedical sciences (BIMS) students ($5 million, DVM; $3 million, BIMS)

As one of the largest Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) training programs in the country, the CVM provides a curriculum based on building a sound foundation of scientific knowledge, experiential learning and development of competencies required for an entry-level veterinarian in any career path. Our biomedical sciences (BIMS) program boasts the largest undergraduate degree-granting program on Texas A&M’s campus with 27.4 percent of our students qualifying as first-generation. A distinctive undergraduate program in BIMS is a broad field of applied biology that is directed toward understanding health and disease. BIMS students make up a large portion of Aggies accepted by Texas medical, dental and veterinary professional schools. You can support students pursuing these degrees with endowed scholarships beginning at $25,000.

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To support the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and learn about endowment opportunities, contact Chastity Carrigan.

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Chastity Carrigan ’16

Senior Director of Development
Texas A&M Foundation
(800) 392-3310 or (979) 845-9043
ccarrigan@txamfoundation.com

Chastity is the senior director of development for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She assists donors in identifying the areas and programs in the college where their support will enhance Texas A&M's capability to be among the best universities. She joined the Foundation in July 2011.