About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) of Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences was established in 1915 when the Texas Legislature approved the creation of a public school of veterinary medicine and provided funds for the building of a veterinary teaching hospital. Today, the VMTH generates approximately $15 million annually from clinical services provided to the public. In recent years, the Hospital has served animals referred from approximately 3,100 veterinarians in 163 of Texas’ 254 counties and 37 of the 50 United States.
The VMTH has a growing caseload of more than 24,000 cases per year. With a multidisciplinary faculty of over 180 veterinarians, and a support staff of over 300 caring people in a variety of disciplines, the Hospital is able to offer the most comprehensive range of specialized veterinary services for all species. The VMTH is the only veterinary teaching hospital in the state of Texas.
What is a teaching hospital?
A teaching hospital is where education and expert care come together. As a dedicated patient advocate, our fourth year veterinary students are integrated into the patient care team along with our clinical faculty, residents, interns, and nursing staff. These veterinary students have already completed 3 rigorous years of medical education and are completing the final clinical requirements before graduation. Every patient that comes through the VMTH is accompanied by dedicated fourth year student from their admission until the day they go home.
What is a Diplomate or board-certified specialist?
Many of our faculty are board certified in their area of veterinary medicine. They are considered a Diplomate of the specialty college of their particular discipline, such as internal medicine. A specialist undergoes demanding and extensive training consisting of 1 year of internship and 2 to 3 years of residency in their chosen specialty, all after completing 4 rigorous years of education to obtain their veterinary degree. Once they have successfully completed their internship and residency, they must submit and publish original research and complete additional examinations. Upon successfully completing all requirements for their discipline, the specialist receives the highly distinguished Diplomate status.