Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

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. Established more than two decades ago, the center has a long history of training veterinary students and graduate veterinarians for careers outside of traditional private clinical practice.

The center plays a vital role in:

  • Oversight of the Public and Corporate track in the college's DVM program
  • Preparing students for public and corporate sector careers
  • Serving as a resource for veterinarians who wish to make a career redirection

News & Activities

Career Transition Survey

If you are a veterinarian and are now or have ever contemplated a career change, please complete our survey at, which will take approximately 8-10 minutes of your time. The survey will help us to gain a broader understanding of why veterinarians might be seeking to change careers and how the profession can better serve them by providing valuable resources throughout the career transition process.

If you have questions about this survey, please contact us at

Valerie Ragan honored with AVMA’s 2017 Public Service Award

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, with its 2017 Public Service Award at the AVMA Convention in Indianapolis. The AVMA Public Service Award recognizes an AVMA member for outstanding public service while an employee of a government agency or for education of veterinarians in public service activities. Learn more about Ragan's award.

Cassidy Rist recognized among Emory University’s 40 Under Forty

Cassidy Rist, assistant professor of practice in the Department of Population Health Sciences, has been named among the 40 Under Forty by the Emory Alumni Association. Rist, who earned her master of public health degree in global epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, supports programs and initiatives in the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. Learn more about Rist's recognition.

College seeks donations for Veterinary Public Practice and Public Health Travel Scholarship

A newly launched Veterinary Public Practice and Public Health Scholarship aims to change the limiting factor of the high cost of travel and housing when students plan their training experiences. Learn more about the Veterinary Public Practice and Public Health Travel Scholarship.