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Founded by the Virginia General Assembly in 1978, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine is a regional professional school built upon the strong foundations of two of the nation's leading land-grant universities: Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. The College operates three campuses, including the main campus installation at Virginia Tech, the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, and the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg.
One of 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, the VA-MD Vet Med offers comprehensive educational programs, provides advanced clinical care for clients throughout the region, and conducts a variety of animal and biomedical research programs.
Veterinary medicine remains a vital part of animal agriculture, and that role is magnified by the growing demands of a global population explosion. But modern veterinary medicine is also very concerned with the health and welfare of companion animals. Today, the health or illness of a beloved pet is a critical family concern.
Fortunately, the profession of veterinary medicine is rising to meet society's needs. Armed with high-technology medical equipment and powerful pharmaceuticals, veterinarians are increasing agricultural productivity and providing companion animals with higher quality healthcare than has ever before been available.
Because of advances in technology and training, veterinarians can now provide animals with many of the same advanced services that physicians provide for people. Cardiac pacemakers are used to prolong the lives of pets and artificial joints are implanted to help them walk. Cancer is treated virtually the same way in animals as it is in people. Fiberoptics allow glimpses into animal body systems without invasive surgery and arthroscopy puts racehorses back on the track in no time. Computer-based herd and flock health programs are increasing agricultural productivity and genetically engineered drugs and vaccines are mitigating the threats of infectious diseases.
But safeguarding animal health is only part of the picture. Today's veterinarian makes important contributions to public health as well. Working along-side physicians and other biomedical researchers, veterinarians are helping other medical scientists win the war against cancer, heart disease, AIDS, infectious diseases, and environmental toxins which threaten the quality of our food, our water, and our future.
Veterinary medicine today is one of the broadest biomedical disciplines, encompassing the entire spectrum of medical activities from the molecular level to entire ecosystems. It is a profession vibrant with change and opportunity. Today, veterinarians are legislators, federal and state agency directors, corporate executives, research scientists, teachers, public health officers, agricultural production consultants, university presidents, and of course, the gentle doctor who takes care of your pet.