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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

Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine now headquartered in Blacksburg
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has moved its Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine from College Park, Maryland, to Blacksburg. “The move allows the center to have a closer relationship with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in Blacksburg with greater access to students pursuing the public and corporate veterinary medicine track,” said Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the center. Learn more

USPHS Commissioned Corps recruitment window: November 19 – 21
The USPHS Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Recruitment (DCCPR) will open a recruitment opportunity for the Veterinary Category for November 19 – 21 for the acceptance of applications from veterinarians. If individuals currently occupy a GS position and have less than 3 years civil service time, they are also eligible. Please encourage interested individuals to apply and let them know their applications will be viable for 1 year while they locate a position. Applications should be submitted early, as there is a recruitment limit of 20 applications + 5 reserve applications.

How to apply? To begin the first step in the general duty application process, candidates should contact the Commissioned Corps Recruitment Call Center at 800-279-1605. For more information, please visit the UPHS Commissioned Corps' application page.

Veterinary Student Travel Awards available for USAHA/AAVLD 2014 annual meeting
To promote student interest in careers in public veterinary practice and diagnostic veterinary medicine, the Veterinary Student Travel Awards program is soliciting applications for veterinary student attendance at the 2014 joint United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) meeting. Up to fifteen competitive $500 Travel Awards will be granted to students to offset travel expenses to the annual joint USAHA/AAVLD Meeting on October 16-22, 2014 in Kansas City, MO. The AAVLD and USAHA have agreed to waive registration fees for veterinary students attending the meeting. Veterinary students from all U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2014. 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.