BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 14, 2007 – Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine graduates typically score well on the national veterinary licensing examination. The class of 2007, for example, had a pass rate of 99 percent and the class of 2004 had a 100 percent success rate. Other years the college is at or above the 96 percent pass rate that is the national average.
Now, another indicator of the high quality of the college’s graduates has emerged. The graduates of the college who have associated with Banfield - the Pet Hospital ™ have been recognized by the corporation as those of the highest overall quality based upon a series of qualitative measurements that include medical record review, preventive care scores, client loyalty scores and other metrics.
Each year Banfield recognizes colleges of veterinary medicine and hospitals within the corporation for performance that best represents one of Banfield’s “Five Guiding Principles.” Those include quality, growth, mutuality, freedom and responsibility, according to Dr. Trevor W. Ashley (VMRCVM ’01), who serves as Banfield’s alumni representative to the college.
Ashley serves as chief of staff/partner doctor for Banfield - the Pet Hospital ™ of Arundel Mills in Hanover, Md.. His hospital was recognized as the “2007 Hospital of the Year” for Banfield.
The awards were presented at Banfield’s annual Leadership Educational Symposium held in Portland.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.