Each year, approximately 20,000 animals are seen at the Small Animal Hospital for advanced diagnostic procedures and state-of-the-art treatment methods. Faculty, staff, and fourth-year veterinary students participate as a team in the care of these patients. Many of these patients are referred from veterinarians throughout Texas and the region.
Faculty and staff participate in all four years of the professional DVM curriculum and internship and residency programs are available in several disciplines for veterinarians seeking advanced training and board certification. Faculty and staff contribute frequently to the CVM’s Continuing Education programs. Scholarly programs are centered on the study of spontaneously occurring diseases in patients seen in the Small Animal Hospital. Investigative programs are active in a number of specialty areas, including the Gastrointestinal Laboratory (GI Lab).
Internships & Residencies
The department offers a one-year internship program for newly graduated veterinarians, and three-year residency programs in several clinical disciplines for veterinarians seeking advanced training and board certification.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate how effective a new treatment is by comparing it to standard practice in animals with disease. They’re are often designed from preliminary data that show the new treatment may be effective in laboratory studies. The final stage of many laboratory experiments is to test the theory in the clinical setting with real patients to see if they work as well as they do in the artificial setting of the laboratory. These studies offer the benefits of cutting edge research. Conclusions drawn from a clinical trial may go on to benefit humans with similar diseases as well as other animals.