Texas Tech University

Department of Veterinary Sciences


vet-science-entry-page-drop-4Established in 2017, the Department of Veterinary Sciences is designed to provide a greater focus on research and outreach efforts in food animal health and well-being and is intended to meet the educational and research needs of the animal-agriculture industry and the regional veterinary community.

The department is strongly aligned with the existing Department of Animal and Food Sciences through joint appointments. The department is a graduate degree program only. It is not to be confused with a School of Veterinary Medicine, which offers doctorates in veterinary medicine (DVM). A DVM degree is a professional degree that trains individuals to be veterinarians.

The Department of Veterinary Sciences will offer both a master's and doctorate degree, both of which are research degrees. The primary focus of this department is to train individuals in population and preventative veterinary medicine. The program plans to attract people interested in pursuing a research career with a primary focus in farm animal medicine.

Office and laboratory space are in the Food Technology Building located in the heart of the Texas Tech University campus and access to laboratory animal facilities located on campus, as well as the cattle, sheep and goat, swine, and equine facilities affiliated with Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Facilities include: office and laboratory space; the Gordon W. Davis Meat Laboratory; the Livestock Arena; the New Deal Farm, consisting of over 900 acres, swine, beef cattle, dairy calf, and sheep and goat units, a feed mill, and the Burnett Center (research feedlot); the Equestrian Center; and the Food Safety Laboratory in the Experimental Sciences Building. The department also has space in Texas Tech's new Experimental Science Building II.