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Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

History and Overview of the College

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.

College Park CampusOne of 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, the VMRCVM 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.

cvmFortunately, 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.

EMC in LeesburgVeterinary 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.

Our Quest for the Future

Dean Schurig

This is an exciting moment in history for veterinary medicine. Our profession is providing human-quality healthcare for our beloved companion animals. Veterinarians are playing a vital role in the creation of a safe and abundant food supply, and in an era of emerging infectious disease threats, our historic work in protecting public health has never been more important.

The challenges of the modern world require a great deal from veterinary medicine, and the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the VMRCVM are working hard to expand and extend its healing touch. Working with some of the brightest, most talented DVM students in the nation, our award-winning faculty is preparing new generations of veterinarians for service. More than 2000 VMRCVM alumni are already practicing in communities, government agencies and laboratories throughout the United States.

World-class research programs underway in our laboratories are producing life-saving vaccines and new approaches for managing disease and trauma. We are building translational research programs to more rapidly apply the intellectual products of scientific research to the everyday challenges of clinical practice. And our graduate education programs are training biomedical scientists to probe the distant frontiers of knowledge.

Today, pets are viewed as members of the family; perhaps you have already heard of veterinarians referred to as "the other family doctor." Every day, anxious animal owners arrive at one of our two Veterinary Teaching Hospitals seeking the advanced diagnostic and therapeutic support that tertiary care centers are uniquely qualified to provide. And thanks to the skill and compassion of our board-certified clinical faculty-members, house officers and fourth-year students, our medical records detail many heart-warming success stories. The VMRCVM has treated more than a million animals since it opened.

The province of veterinary medicine is broad, the challenges are considerable, and the consequences are great. Today, partnerships are crucial; veterinarians must work more closely than ever with physicians, biomedical researchers and other health professionals on integrated programs that take a "one medicine" approach to global healthcare for people and animals.

Here in the VMRCVM, we approach our programs in learning, discovery and engagement with resolve, innovation and a spirit of collaboration born of the grassroots movement that led to our creation several decades ago. We invite you to explore our site, learn more about us, and join us on our quest to help the profession of veterinary medicine create a better world.

Gerhardt G. Schurig, Dean


Duckpond Drive, Phase III, Suite 203
Virginia Tech (0442)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


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