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CVM in the Community

Community Campus Partnership

The Community Campus Partnership offers a range of veterinary services to our surrounding communities, while providing opportunities for students to practice routine surgical procedures, and diagnose and treat common diseases of dogs and cats. Our service-learning and experiential-learning programs equip the next generation of veterinarians with the community-oriented competencies necessary to practice in a changing veterinary environment. These competencies will make a difference in the lives of their clients as well as in the diverse communities they serve.


  • Wake County House Call Practice
  • Animal Shelter Planned Pethood Program
  • Caring For the Pets Of Emotionally Disturbed Children in Central North Carolina
  • Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project
  • Community Classroom Experiential Learning

Program Snapshots

Animal Shelter Planned Pethood Program

The Planned Pethood Program operates at a statewide and county level.

Statewide Animal Shelter Planned Pethood Program

A collaboration with shelter and animal rescue organizations and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association allows second and third year students to hone medicine and surgery skills and serve a segment of the pet population that normally would not have access to medical care.

Caring for the Pets of Emotionally Disturbed Children in Central North Carolina

PEN-PALS, a collaboration of Pitt, Edgecombe, and Nash Public Academic Liaison Services, includes leaders from social services, public schools, mental health, the seventh judicial district, and East Carolina University. PEN-PALS has identified the importance of the human-animal bond in treating emotionally disturbed children. (currently on hold)

Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Project

Feral cat populations in the communities on the Outer Banks of North Carolina represent a growing problem for condominium associations and many businesses. To ameliorate this problem, fall and spring spay neuter and rabies vaccination clinics are carried out in cooperation with local animal control and rescue organizations, veterinarians, and businesses.

Community Classroom Experiential Learning

A two-week fourth-year elective has been established in a local small animal practices to reinforce skills in problem-solving, general medicine and surgery, client communication, and principles of practice management.

Doctors and Staff

The Community Campus Partnership Program is directed by Dr. Kelli Ferris. Her achievements were recognized recently when she was inducted into the Academy Of Outstanding Teachers and the Academy of Faculty Engaged in Extension.


Current Programs

Shelter Animal Medicine

Shelter animal medicine is an extraordinarily challenging and diverse branch of clinical practice requiring many skills from the veterinarian; we are committed to improving the quality of shelter animal practice and shelter animal well-being. Through electives and clinical rotations, students learn about small animal population health issues; infectious disease diagnosis and treatment; shelter design and management; humane euthanasia; and the role of the veterinarian in community shelters and low income clinics. Long term goals for the program include providing expanded training opportunities for students within the shelters throughout the state and an infrastructure to support improvements in shelters as they related to housing, pet overpopulation and euthanasia.

Mobile Surgery Hospital and Rural Outreach

CVM faculty and students travel around the state to rural animal shelters and rescue programs providing veterinary services to a segment of the animal population that would not otherwise have access to care and thereby improving the adoption potential of those pets.

Animal Cruelty Investigation

The CVM has sponsored continuing education courses for veterinarians across North Carolina on animal forensics and assisting in animal cruelty investigations. Additionally, two of our faculty members are sworn animal cruelty investigators and have taken a leadership role in many investigations involving dog fighting, equine neglect and animal hoarding.

Euthanasia Support

The subject of euthanasia is difficult and fraught with emotional and ethical concerns. The NC State CVM is leading the way on this issue by developing an online Euthanasia Technician Training Program in conjunction with NC State Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications. This program will teach humane techniques for euthanizing animals to shelter employees as well as emergency responders.

Disaster Planning and Response

The CVM is dedicated to preparing, planning, and responding during animal emergencies in North Carolina and across the United States. Our students receive training to officially assist emergency responders in the event of a disaster. We also offer public workshops on disaster preparedness for animal owners.  And in the wake of storms like Hurricanes Floyd and Katrina, the CVM has provided care and housing for displaced animals.

Future Programs