What We Do
- Teach -
We impart the knowledge and skills required for future public practice veterinarians.
- Advise -
We offer career pathways and mentor students and veterinarians interested in career transition.
- Demonstrate Leadership -
We stay engaged as leaders in both national and international public and corporate
- Inspire -
We utilize the passion of seasoned professionals to share successes, invigorate students and veterinarians, and
address the challenges of evolving global interdependencies.
News & Activities
DVM Admission Counseling Sessions
For Maryland area residents, counseling sessions for application to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary
Medicine's DVM program will be conducted at the college's University of Maryland
campus. learn more
Carling Sitterley '14 receives Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice Scholarship
Carling Sitterley of Forest, Va., a fourth-year dual degree student in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of
Public Health programs has been selected as the second recipient of the Mitchell A. Essey Veterinary Public Practice
Scholarship. learn more
Federal Government Announces New Career Pathway Programs
In an effort to promote employment opportunities in the Federal workforce for students and recent graduates, the
Federal government has employed Executive Order 13562, entitled "Recruiting and Hiring Students and Recent
Graduates." The Executive order includes three programs, known collectively as the Pathways Programs, which include
two new programs—the Internship Program and the Recent Graduates Program—and the third newly-modified
Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF). As directed by the Executive order, the U.S. Office of Personnel
Management has issued a final Pathways Rule which aims to improve recruiting efforts, offer access to Federal internships,
and to provide valuable career training and development opportunities for students.
learn more (PDF)
Recent Faculty Activities
- Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, was
invited to travel to Schaumburg, Ill., to address the American Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board
about public and corporate veterinary medicine, including trends and opportunities for veterinarians.
- Dr. Valerie Ragan traveled to Armenia in May as part of the grant from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Foreign Agriculture Service to provide technical assistance for animal health capacity building
in the Caucasus. Ragan conducted a workshop on the creation of standardized protocol development, working
with an Armenian task force established to develop protocols for anthrax prevention and outbreak response.
In this second workshop, the team worked to refine details on a draft protocol started earlier in the year after
an initial workshop for the project.
- Dr. Valerie Ragan traveled to Trinidad to participate in a meeting attended by 17 officials from the
Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Food Production (including the minister) in Trinidad, as well as
representatives of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the Pan American Health Organization.
Dr. Mike Neafsey, then a fourth-year combined DVM and Master of Public Health
student, also presented the findings from his research there over the past month. The veterinary college had
agreed to assist Trinidad's Ministry of Food Production in obtaining baseline data to inform and make
recommendations towards the development of a national brucellosis surveillance and eradication program,
which was the focus of Neafsey's work. Ragan assisted Neafsey in presenting his findings and provided
recommendations to officials. The country's Minister of Food Production stated that the data generated
was sufficient and significant for the country.
- Dr. Gary Vroegindewey, director of global health initiatives at the Center for Public and Corporate
Veterinary Medicine, hosted 10 veterinary students in the national capital region on April 28-29 as they visited
research facilities as part of the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program. In addition to those from the
veterinary college, the students hailed from Kansas State University, and Mississippi State University and
included one student in the college's combined DVM/Ph.D. program. They toured and met with applied and
basic researchers, laboratory animal veterinarians, and veterinary pathologists at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Agriculture Research Service, Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine,
National Institute of Health, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.