Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VA-MD Vet Med) is committed to diversity and to fostering an inclusive environment to promote learning and growth for all members of our community.



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:

  • Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia - 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 at College Park, Maryland - the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research 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.

  • With a focus on One Health, our program brings together veterinarians, physicians, and other scientists to address public health threats affecting both people and animals.
  • Our translational research approach aims to take laboratory findings directly to clients in a clinical setting.
  • Ongoing clinical trials in our hospitals test research discoveries to develop better methods of disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

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:

  • Preparation for board eligibility leading to specialty Board Certification through in-depth clinical training
  • Training in research
  • Graduate education leading to the MS/PhD qualification

All residents must complete a graduate degree (MS or PhD) during their training. GRE score is not required for residents entering the program.

Master's Programmes


Student services

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:

  • Periodically assess the climate of the college and make recommendations to the Executive Board to promote recruitment and retention of students, staff, and faculty from underrepresented populations.
  • Conduct an annual review of the College Diversity Plan and submit a report to the Executive Board detailing outcomes and recommending revisions to the plan.

Housing services

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 Off-Campus Housing
  • Contact Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) for information about their annual housing opportunities listing

Library services

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.

ICT services

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.

Medical services

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.

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

  • Intercollegiate sports are an integral part of the campus culture at Virginia Tech and students can attend many sporting events, including matchups between the Hokies and Terrapins, ACC teams of the college's parent universities.
  • Virginia Tech offers a variety of intramural sport programs and veterinary student teams take part in these programs.
  • The veterinary college is located in close proximity to McComas Hall, an award winning recreational, health, and sports facility where students can engage in a variety of fitness and wellness programs.
  • Surrounding mountains and proximity to rivers, lakes, national forests, and the Appalachian Trail make the Blacksburg area ideal for outdoor recreation—fishing, boating, swimming, biking, hiking, caving, and rock climbing.

Student clubs

  • Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA)
  • Alpha Psi
  • American Association of Equine Practitoners (AAEP)
  • Christian Veterinary Fellowship
  • Companion Animal Club
  • Food Animal Practitioners Club (FAPC)
  • Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club (IVMC)
  • Omega Tau Sigma
  • Pathology Club
  • Public Veterinary Practice Club
  • Student Chapter of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association
  • Student Chapter of the Vet. Emergency & Critical Care Soc. (SCVECCS)
  • Veterinary Business Management Association
  • Veterinary Students as One In Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE)
  • Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Student Chapter
  • Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative Student Chapter (WVLDI)


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.

Blacksburg, Virginia, United States