Are the requirements in Texas the same or as stringent as other states? Maybe not. Were the Texas requirements the same at the time of Dr. Ketchum’s acceptance and completion of her degree as they are now? (Current Texas A&M Vet School Prerequisites). Perhaps not. Would Dr. Ketchum be able to pass the California State Board of Veterinary Medicine? Possibly not. Are her Texas State Board Qualifications currently up to date? What were her pre and post Veterinary School degrees in, and do they exist? I have looked into these questions and what I have found so far from the Texas A&M Alumni Office are as follows: Dr. Ketchum Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1976, and was part of the Graduating Class of 1978 receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Those dates would indicate that the requirements for becoming a Vet at that time took only 2 years instead of 4. So yes Dr. Melba Ketchum IS a real Doctor. But her seeming 2 years of post graduate work becoming a Vet is in no way comparable to the time it takes to finish a Ph.D in research, which would usually be 4 years at a minimum, and I know one person who took 12 years as her area of research was more demanding.
And as Doctors, Veterinarians take their own version of the Hippocratic Oath upon receiving their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degrees:
"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine,
I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."
I think another legitimate question might be has Dr. Ketchum violated the "principal of veterinary medical ethics" in that above oath? Well since her lab provided a genetic identification service, and not a medical diagnostic service which could have resulted in the harm and suffering of animals due to the negligence indicated by her Better Business Bureau "F" rating and customer complaints, probably not. But this is a gray area and may be interpreted differently by others, as she is using her title of Doctor in her DNA Diagnostics Bio Page which I am sure her customers used in their decision to do business with her.
So Dr. Ketchum I call for you to please release your academic history and qualifications by making your Curriculum Vitae part of the public record, along with the extraordinary claims of success in sequencing the entire nuclear and mitochondrial genomes of several specimens of Bigfoot that you were so eager to share with us before any data substantiating those claims had been released.
Read more about DNA Diagnostics Customer Complaints at the Bigfoot Lunch Club.
And you can read what an actual geneticist feels about Dr. Ketchum's claims here:
Dr. Disotell is a Professor of Anthropology at New York University