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Update from the Dean's Office
Dear Friends,April in Colorado is a beautiful time of the year. We have made it (we hope) through the last of the winter snows, the trees are starting to bud out, and campus is buzzing with activity as students, faculty and staff prepare for the end of the semester in May. April also is a very busy time with a number of events on our calendar to bring to your attention.
On April 18, plan on attending the poster session for Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity at the Lory Student Center's Main Ballroom. Many of our students and faculty are participating, and you are sure to see some fascinating research on display. On April 22, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will host its annual Scholarship and Awards Brunch to recognize those who have received these awards, and honor those whose generous donations make our scholarship program a reality. On April 27, Colorado State University hosts its annual Celebrate Colorado State ! event to honor those who have received special recognitions during the past year. The Frontier Society Luncheon is scheduled for April 28. Members of the Frontier Society are those individuals who have made planned gifts to Colorado State University.
On Tuesday, April 25, at 4:15 p.m., plan to attend the College's Spring Faculty/Staff meeting to be held at the Hilton Hotel. I'll be updating everyone on the state of the College and looking ahead to the 2006/2007 academic year, as well as providing information on the South Campus project.
Looking back to March, I did want to let everyone know the progress that has been made in the Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act. During the American Association of Veterinary Medical College's annual meeting in Washington, D.C., members took the opportunity to meet with our representatives. On March 14, Senator Wayne Allard met with our group and gave us positive feedback on the bill's progress in both the House and the Senate. We currently have 18 co-sponsors for the legislation in the Senate (S 914) and 42 representatives signed on to the House Bill (HR 2206). From Colorado, co-sponsors include Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and Sen. Ken Salazar. Sen. Allard is the sponsor of the bill in the Senate.
The next step is for the bill to go to committee, which we hope will take formal action on these two bills in May, then go up for a vote in the House and Senate. When approved, the bill will then move into the appropriations process. We are very excited with the amount of support the bill has received from our elected representatives, and are optimistic about the outcome. Once approved and funding appropriated, veterinary schools will be able to apply on a competitive basis to Veterinary Workforce Expansion funds that will help expand veterinary programs, including capital construction projects, to increase the numbers of veterinary students entering public practice.
The goal of the Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act is to significantly increase the number of veterinarians serving the country in the areas of public health, public practice, research and bioterrorism prevention. The bill will allow for additional students to graduate from existing Professional Veterinary Education programs by increasing a school's capacity through additional faculty, new and expanded facilities, and program development dollars. You can learn more about the act by visiting www.aavmc.org.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD