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 the following:

  • Administering 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 and Activities

Spring 2021 Career Transition Workshop

Hosted by the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

For more information, contact

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Need a change? Want new challenges? Feeling burned out? Learn how to create a new career path!

  • This online career transition workshop for veterinarians will include information on career opportunities in public and corporate veterinary medicine, with a particular emphasis on careers in state and federal government.
  • Topics to be covered include career- and self-assessment, strategic job searching, resume building, professional networking, and other key career transition issues.
  • Format will feature short lectures, individual and group activities, group discussions, expert panels, and networking opportunities spread across seven sessions for your convenience.
  • Invited speakers will include USDA and FDA representatives, state veterinarians, industry veterinarians, and more!
(Eastern Standard Time)

April 12  ·  6:30–8:30 p.m.

April 15  ·  6:30–8:00 p.m.

April 16  ·  6:30–9:00 p.m.

April 17 (Saturday)  ·  3:00–6:00 p.m.

April 22  ·  6:30–8:30 p.m.

April 23  ·  6:30–8:30 p.m.

April 24 (Saturday)  ·  3:00–6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Online via Zoom platform — Zoom details use will be sent upon registration.

COST: $225


CREDITS: Workshop has been submitted for 10.5 hours of RACE® continuing education credits.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is midnight, Sunday, March 28. Please have your state veterinary license number(s) available.

Career transition workshops guide veterinarians seeking to make career changes

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When the average person thinks about veterinary medicine, a locally based, clinical veterinarian in private practice typically comes to mind. For that matter, many veterinarians themselves aren't familiar with their profession's wide-ranging career options. The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine seeks to remedy this situation, in part through workshops that focus on career transitions. Read the full story

Valerie Ragan honored with AVMA’s 2017 Public Service Award

Valerie Ragan

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. More about Dr. Ragan's award

Cassidy Rist recognized among Emory University’s 40 Under Forty

Cassidy Rist

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 Master of Public Health in global epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta, supports programs and initiatives in the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.
More about Dr. Rist's recognition

Ron DeHaven joins the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Ron DeHaven

Dr. Ron DeHaven, former CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, has joined the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine on a part-time basis to work on developing standardized public and corporate clerkships.
More about Dr. DeHaven

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