Established in 1978. The college is a leading biomedical teaching and research center and the in-state veterinary college for residents of Virginia and Maryland. Locations include the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Maryland.
Unique among veterinary colleges in the U.S., the college is operated by two land-grant universities:
Our research program includes both basic science to understand the molecular and biological basis for disease, as well as applied science to improve the lives of pets and people.
Our faculty, students, staff, and research partners are committed to discovery, service, and training future researchers and veterinarians.
Our continuing education programs are available to veterinarians and veterinary technicians who want to stay apprised of the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques available to the profession.
VA-MD Vet Med residency training programs provide post-DVM students with:
All residents must complete a graduate degree (MS or PhD) during their training. GRE score is not required for residents entering the program.
Community and Diversity Committee
Members of the Community and Diversity Committee are appointed by the Dean to two-year terms and members elect a chair who serves a two-year term. The committee's charge:
Because on-campus housing is limited, most veterinary students elect to live off-campus in Blacksburg or neighboring communities. A variety of sources are available to locate housing, including:
Virginia Tech Library
Academic libraries in the United States may operate differently than ones you have used before. The Virginia Tech Libraries have professional librarians with expertise in your academic discipline ready to assist you with your assignments and research.
Like many American college libraries, the Virginia Tech Libraries have open stacks where the material is arranged in call number order so you can browse and retrieve materials yourself.
The Information Systems (IS) Group provides support for the information technology and information processing needs of the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to providing first line technical support to faculty, students, and staff, the IS Group develops and maintains a wide variety of applications that are essential to the function of the College and Hospital.
Upon payment of the health fee and submission of a completed physical examination form, students are eligible for the services provided by the Schiffert Health Center on campus. Located in McComas Hall, the Schiffert Health Center offers medical care similar in scope to that given by general practitioners. Facilities include an inpatient ward, pharmacy, and x-ray equipment. A professional staff of nurses, technicians, and physicians is available to assist students.
The health services fee paid to the university, however, does not constitute medical insurance. This fee only provides for any minor care administered by the Schiffert Health Center staff.
Virginia Tech's Dining Services offers flexible dining plans and 11 dining locations across campus, including the Vet Med Café which is located in the center of the veterinary college complex. Students living off-campus may purchase meal plans through Dining Services. Virginia Tech was ranked No. 1 Best Campus Food for 2015 in the Princeton Review.
Most veterinary students live off-campus and do not purchase meal plans. Breakfast and lunch are available at the Vet Med Café and refrigerators and microwaves are available in the college center (also known as the Commons) for student use.
The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA COE). The last AVMA COE site visit was in 2014 and the next visit is scheduled for 2021.
The accreditation process involves a very comprehensive and detailed examination of a college’s programs and aspirations. A comprehensive self-study is conducted by the institution in close association with the AVMA-COE, and the accreditation team conducts an extensive site visit in which they rigorously inspect and evaluate the physical plant and facilities, budgets, operations, and policies. They also conduct extensive interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and university administrators in order to ascertain their perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the college’s programs.
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