Chris Byron, Department Head
Carli Dotson, Administrative Assistant

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Phone: 540-231-5999
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Large Animal Clinical Sciences
205 Duck Pond Drive
VA-MD Vet Med (0442)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


About the department

VA-MD Vet Med's Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences provides an academic, departmental base for faculty members whose training, teaching, research and service efforts are in the following disciplines:

  • Large animal medicine
  • Large animal surgery
  • Production management medicine
  • Equine field services
  • Nutrition
  • Theriogenology
  • Farriery

How we contribute

Faculty in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences contribute to all three missions of the college: teaching, research, and service/outreach.

Faculty members within the department are involved in teaching throughout the four years of VA-MD Vet Med's professional curriculum, as well as post-DVM training of interns, residents, and graduate students.

Teaching in the professional program includes participation in didactic teaching through the first three (preclinical) years of the curriculum, as well as extensive involvement in clinical teaching in the fourth year of the curriculum through clerkships offered in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) and off-site. Advanced clinical teaching is directed at interns and residents/graduate students, partially through clinical activities in the VTH and partially through graduate courses, advising, and mentoring.

Clinical responsibility in the VTH includes both instruction and service efforts through delivery of routine patient care, emergency medical services, and referral and consultative activities. Faculty provide clinical instruction to students and service to clients within a 35-mile practice radius through the Production Management Medicine Service. Faculty service efforts also include participation in continuing education/outreach programs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; in discipline-oriented national organizations; and in VTH, department, college, and university governance activities.

Creative scholarship within the department encompasses a wide spectrum of clinical, basic, and applied endeavors that include the generation, application, and dissemination of knowledge utilizing departmental, collegiate, university, and external funding sources.

Large animal residency and internship programs

Residencies are designed to provide three to four years of advanced, in-depth training in specific disciplines in preparation for certification examination by appropriate specialty boards within the veterinary profession. Most residents will enroll in the Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences Program and complete a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.).

To learn more about the matching process, visit the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program, sponsored by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.