This unique collaborative effort is making it possible for all senior, fourth-year veterinary students at Texas’ preeminent veterinary college, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, to acquire clinical experience at the Houston SPCA, the largest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the Gulf Coast region.
The goal of the partnership is to provide students with a broad range of high-quality training experiences, under expert supervision, to ensure that they are well prepared for the variety of challenges they will face as practicing veterinarians. We hope to educate and inspire future veterinarians to actively participate in service to their communities through shelter medicine and animal welfare activities.
The partnership between the Houston SPCA and the CVM allows this goal to be accomplished in a whole new way. The required, graded, two-week rotation, for all senior fourth-year CVM students provides an invaluable learning experience, exposing students to many different conditions, diseases, disorders, injuries, and treatment needs that affect diverse species. Students learn how to manage a high-volume caseload in a high-quality manner. As a result of the partnership, future veterinarians will be more knowledgeable about the full spectrum of animal treatment and welfare - including rescue and forensics investigations – and will thus be better equipped to respond to community needs.
We are very grateful for the generous grant award from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which partially supports this landmark partnership, one most comprehensive educational partnerships between a veterinary college and a nonprofit animal sheltering organization in the United States.
Intervening on behalf of nearly 50,000 animals in need each year is an expensive endeavor, and your generous donation today will help further our mission. Donating to the Houston SPCA is an investment in your community because your entire donation is used locally to benefit the animals of our area.