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A Partnership Designed to Inspire the Future
By serving as a teaching hospital for Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, we aim to provide extraordinary training by immersing future veterinarians in the operation of an animal welfare organization with a tremendous scope of services. In addition, the program is also designed to help educate and inspire future veterinarians to actively participate in service to their communities through shelter medicine and animal welfare activities.
How it works
All fourth-year veterinary students are required to participate in a two-week, graded rotation on Houston SPCA’s campus. Members of our veterinary staff serve as adjunct faculty, and more than 170 veterinary students train on our campus every year, honing their clinical expertise. They work with over 380 species, gain experience working with high-volume caseloads and learn valuable lessons about animal welfare and community service.
How it helps our community
Future veterinarians gain hands-on experience in surgery, emergency care, triage, cruelty and rescue forensics, disaster relief, herd/population management, wildlife rehabilitation, and much more. As a result of the partnership, these students 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.
Thank you to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for their support of this program!