Vital Signs: December 2013

Vol. 2, Issue 5

Our holiday message to you!

The year in review

Dear friends and colleagues:

As we come to the end of 2013, I take this opportunity to look back on the many accomplishments at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and partners across the region have continued to advance the college and its goals.

A few highlights:

  • Students in the Class of 2013 achieved a 97 percent pass rate on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), thus maintaining for at least five consecutive years a standard of performance that exceeds the national average.
  • Over 1,400 applications were received for the 120 positions available in the DVM Class of 2018, an increase of 12.7 percent compared with last year.
  • Following the recent increase in veterinary student enrollment, 11 new academic faculty joined the college during the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • A small animal clinic was opened in Roanoke in cooperation with local veterinarians.  This referral center complements the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which continued to grow in caseload. Ninety-seven percent of referring veterinarians rated the quality of service provided by the hospital as either Good (19 percent) or Excellent (78 percent).
  • Remodeling of the Commons/Cafeteria was completed.
  • The Master of Public Health program attained accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.
  • Dr. X.J. Meng was appointed to the position of University Distinguished Professor.
  • Funded research grants awarded to College investigators located in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech and in College Park at the University of Maryland totaled over $7.5 million during the 2012-2013 academic year.

These accomplishments attest to a program that is serious about achieving the educational, research, and service goals of a land-grant institution. They would not have been possible without the support of alumni, referring veterinarians, friends who donated financial resources, and the engagement of regional veterinary medical associations.

Next year we will have an opportunity to continue building on the successes of 2013.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday and an accomplished New Year,

Dr. Cyril Clarke, Dean

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