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Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

VMRCVM's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences provides an academic, departmental base for faculty members whose training, teaching, research and service efforts are in the following disciplines:

  • Large Animal Medicine
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Production Management Medicine (Food Animal and Equine Field Services)
  • Avian Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Theriogenology

DLACS Mission:

Faculty of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences contribute to all three missions of the College: teaching, research, and service/outreach.

DLACSFaculty members within the Department are involved in teaching throughout the four years of the professional curriculum as well as post-DVM training of interns, residents and graduate students. Teaching in the professional program includes participation in didactic teaching through the first three (preclinical) years of the curriculum and extensive participation in clinical teaching in the fourth year of the curriculum through clerkships offered in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) and off-site. Advanced clinical teaching is directed at interns and residents/graduate students, partially through clinical activities in the VTH and partially through graduate courses, advising, and mentoring.

DLACSClinical responsibility in the VTH includes both instruction and service efforts through delivery of routine patient care, emergency medical services, and referral and consultative activities. Faculty provide clinical instruction to students and service to clients within a 35-mile practice radius through the Production Management Medicine service. Faculty service efforts also include participation in continuing education/outreach programs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; discipline oriented national organizations; and VTH, Department, College, and University governance activities. Creative scholarship within the Department is directed at a wide spectrum of clinical, basic and applied endeavors that include the generation, application and dissemination of knowledge utilizing departmental, collegiate, university and external funding sources.

Contact Information

David R. Hodgson, Department Head
Ruth Meade, Administrative Assistant
Heather Parrish, Administrative Assistant
(540) 231-5999

VMRCVM
205 Duck Pond Drive
Virginia Tech (0442)
Blacksburg, VA 24061