As indicated by the mission statement of the veterinary College at Tuskegee University, inclusion has always been an important component. Therefore, admission to the TUCVM has no restrictions based upon gender, race, national origin, color or age. On the contrary, the College encourages and seeks to maintain as diverse a student population as possible. However, in order to be considered for admission into the professional program, all applicants must not only meet the minimum academic standards as stipulated in the College’s academic requirements for admission, but must also meet minimum technical standards. Any applicants whose disability would unavoidably potentiate an extremely hazardous safety environment for them and others while participating in the required components of the curriculum would not be considered for admission. In order to successfully complete and safely matriculate the professional veterinary medical curriculum, each student must have abilities in the following areas:
* Observation: The student must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences. Independently, a student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. A student must be able to integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed.
* Communication: A student must be able to speak, to hear and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture and perceive nonverbal communications. A student must be able to communicate effectively, sensitively and rapidly with clients and with members of the health care team.
* Motor Coordination: The student must be able to independently elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. A student must be able to execute the motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatments to patients.
* Intellectual: A student must be able to problem-solve rapidly. This critical skill demanded of veterinarians requires the ability to learn and reason, and to integrate, analyze and synthesize data concurrently in a multi-task setting. In addition, the student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
Additionally, due to the curricular requirements placed upon the College by its accreditation agency, the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the demands of the Veterinary Medical Profession, applicants with severe physical disabilities must be considered on a case-by-case basis.