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Many veterinarians from A&M
MARY AUCE WOODHAMS
One out of every eleven veteri-
ary school graduates in America
rnies from Texas A&M.
Located west of the Northgate
on Farm Road 60, the vet school
an enrollment of 401 students
liowill earn a Doctor of Veterinary
edicine (D.V.M.) degree during a
ree-year program. There are 19
terinary schools in the nation, and
ily two of them have three year
After passing the state veterinary
ams, graduates may work in small
limal practice, general or “mixed”
actice, large-animal treatment,
‘eattales 'd' 11 zoos or the military as a vet-
inary officer. A&M offers several
ist-doctoral degrees in veterinary
|irgery, pathology, microbiology
id other fields.
“More of our graduates now go
to small-animal medicine,” said
. George Shelton, dean of the col-
|ge. “Animals play a major role in
le mental health of our society,
ieoplewill pay for having their ani-
on/ $20 million relief
h . asked for Lebanon
but it t
WASHINGTON — The State
ontet lepartment is recommending “a
-to-eata lodest $20 million for relief aid to
1 that 'a .ebanon as the start of an American
id the ; econstruction program that could
each several hundred million dol-
itchintli i rs .
The initial $20 million would actu-
lly go to the United Nations for use
Grape 1 n a $50 million relief and refugee aid
ptiveka dan prepared by U.N. Secretary
Jeneral Kurt Waldheim.
The American share is now being
als cared for, and this has influ-
iced our profession a great deal.”
Of the graduates, thirty-five per
cent go into small animal medicine
or “companion animal practice” —
treatment of dogs, cats and horses.
Fifty per cent enter general practice
in small towns where they work in
every aspect of veterinary medicine.
And fifteen per cent work specifi
cally with food animals.
Shelton said that three or four
graduates are commissioned annu
ally into the armed services.
Today the College of Veterinary
Medicine receives an estimated $4
million budget and a $1.5 million re
search budget, said Lyndon Kurtz,
Mark Francis, founder of the vet
erinary college, could not secure
enough funds for buildings or
He writes, “I think they felt that
nothing could be done and it would
simply be a waste of public money.”
He was the first professor of veteri
nary medicine when he arrived at
A&M in 1888, and helped establish a
four-year veterinary science prog
ram, in 1905.
Francis’ efforts in the control of
"Texas fever”, a blood disease in cat
tle transmitted by ticks, impressed
eatwild| onsidered by the White House Of-
ice of Management and Budget and
hould be sent to Congress in the
lext few weeks.
There appears to be no opposition
neither the House or Senate to the
hegod'i '20 million Figure, but the status of a
auger-Y&tvge, move expensive aid
neasure is not so clear.
State Department officials say a
najor reconstruction program is still
n the formulative stages, although
Secretary of State Henry A. Kis
singer told a Senate panel earlier this
month the need for American finan
cial help in Lebanon will be exten
sive when the civil war there is en
Firm figures have not been set,
but some U.S. officials talk in terms
of several hundred million dollars to
help repair the damage of more than
a year of severe fighting.
Administration officials see con
gressional objections to this over-all
plan, but mostly in terms of fiscal
restraint rather than opposition to
the concept of Lebanese aid.
To overcome that anticipated
problem, Kissinger is said to be con
sidering an international consortium
in which several nations would con
Finally, the officials say, the Un
ited States would demand that the
international aid group include defi
nite membership by oil-rich Arab
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the 1916 Texas legislature and they
appointed $100,000 for the construc
tion of Francis Hall, which housed
the Veterinary College. The school
was later moved to the west campus
in order to keep the animals away
from the academic area and since
1920 about 2900 students have
earned their DVM from A&M.
“Everyone is talking about the
‘new’ west campus, but we’ve been
here for 20 years,” said Dr. Shelton.
The college consists of three con
nected buildings — the Veterinary
Administration building completed
in 1968, the Vet Hospital built in
1954 and the Basic Sciences building
completed in 1955.
Students at the vet school attend
classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for
three 15-week trimesters. Training
is in every aspect of veterinary
medicine, from basic to applied.
Students do not specialize in any
field while earning their D.V.M., al
though they may take eight hours of
electives in the third year to concen
trate in a given area.
“It’s against veterinary ethics to
publicize that you’re a specialist,”
said Jan DeWitt, a first-year student.
To practice veterinary medicine in
Texas, a person must earn a D.V.M.
and pass the state exams. The tests
involve two and one half days of writ
ten exams and interviews with a
six-man committee appointed by the
governor. Students learn the results
of the state tests on graduation day in
August, and those not passing the
exam may re-take it six months later.
First-year students take basic vet
erinary science courses, including
anatomy, histology, pathology,
physiology and pre-clinical studies.
A videotape network permits them
to witness animal autopsies broad
cast into their classroom from the
“When the classroom is not in use,
a student can go on his free time and
replay a videotape,” said Kurtz.
Second year students learn ad
vanced veterinary science and junior
surgery. The first and second year
classes are divided into two sections
with about 70 students in each.
In the third year of the program,
students spend most of their time in
Duty groups of four to eight
people work in several clinics on a
weekly basis, gaining experience in
surgery, pathology, parasitology,
public health and food hygiene,
poultry disease and radiology. The
groups spend five weeks in large
animal clinics treating horses and
cattle, and four weeks treating dogs
Students on the ambulatory clinic
leave at 6 a.m. for Texas Department
of Corrections at Huntsville, giving
free services to their cattle.
Third-year students perform clin
ical surgery under the supervision of
instructors, and often assist in opera
“We have two kinds of practice:
the out-patient clinic for local people
to bring aninals for routine treat
ment, and the referral clinic, where
Dallas and Houston veterinarians
refer animals for special treatment, ”
The referral clinic gives services a
private practitioner cannot render,
and clients are charged average
rates, said Kurtz;. Patients that stay
overnight are charged $5 daily for
feed and stall fees.
A&M owns more than 100 horses
and 300 head of cattle that are used
for study in addition to patients
brought in. Small animals used for
dissection are purchased from deal
ers, while large animals are often
bought live at local auctions.
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Experimental drugs are never
used on patients, but if an animal is
donated to the school it can be used
“If the prognosis is that a donated
animal will not live, we may use ex
perimental drugs. If the animal sur
vives, we return it to its owner,” said
Students of the college publish
“The Southwestern Veterinarian”
magazine each trimester. They
write, edit, photograph and draw for
the magazine, which includes arti
cles by A&M professors and costs $2
The College of Veterinary
Medicine employs 140 faculty mem
bers, 115 of whom work full time.
“Most of our faculty have more
than one degree,” said Shelton.
There are about 30 full time faculty
members who research cancer,
thyroid and heart diseases, as well as
Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis
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