Office of the Dean - CVMNAH

Welcome Message                                                              

Welcome to the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH) at Tuskegee University (TU).

Dr. Ruby Perry is the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.

Prior to this, Dr. Perry served as interim dean and associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health. She is an alumna and former president of the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.

From 1982 to 1988, Dr. Perry was an assistant veterinary radiology professor at Tuskegee. She alos served as acting chair of the Department of Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Radiology. In 1995, she served as section chief of diagnostic imaging at Michigan State University, a post she held for six years. She was also a tenured associate professor of veterinary radiology for more than 17 years before returning to Tuskegee.

Dr. Perry received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received a Master of Science degree Michigan State University in 1991 and is also a board certified radiologist and member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology. 

The CVMNAH is composed of the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) and the School of Nursing & Allied Health (SNAH). This College is the only one of its kind in USA where Animal Health (Veterinary Medicine) and Human Health (Nursing & Allied Health) are interlinked and merged under one College. We promote and operate within the framework of the One Health~ One Medicine approach. The CVMNAH is also the only one of its kind located on a historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the USA. We offer Bachelor's degrees in Nursing, Occupational Therapy (OT) and Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS). We offer the Professional degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) as well as Masters degrees in OT, Veterinary Science and Tropical Animal Health. We also offer the PhD in Integrative Biosciences and Interdisciplinary Pathobiology. Our goal is to strengthen and advance the link between animal health and human health; and then address health disparities as well as emerging risk agents locally, nationally and internationally.

The One Health~One Medicine approach recognizes the significance of the intersection between animals and humans as they interact across a continuum of ecosystems. For example, over 75% of the global epidemics such as HIV/AIDS, BSE, West Nile virus, SARS and etc. originated from animals and are then transmitted to humans creating havoc across the globe. The impending Avian Influenza virus that threatens many nations is another such example. Essentially then, the understanding of the animal health and human health intersection requires interdisciplinary collaboration and a deeper understanding of the oneness of medicine as well as health. Just as importantly, the world has become truly small as fast transportation systems and global communications as well as multinational companies and organization that seamlessly operate across virtual boundaries have erased previous physical limitations.

Finally, the CVMNAH is also a place where diversity shines at its best. Students, faculty and staff who come from all over the USA as well as from diverse countries internationally populate the academic environment. For example, the SVM is probably the only school in the world where culturally diverse students including African Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and Native Americans study and work together to build a better future for themselves and the profession at large.

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