Welcome to the first edition of E-Insight for 2007 from a very cold and snowy Colorado. This year promises to be an exciting one as the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences kicks off its 100-year anniversary celebration with many special events planned and exciting announcements ahead. With the spring semester now in session, we look forward to sharing with faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in the celebration of the College’s centennial.
We began our celebration in high style with the Hope, Care, Cures Centennial Banquet held Jan. 6 during the College’s 68th Annual Conference for Veterinarians. We were honored to have attending the conference current and retired faculty members, as well as Colorado State Senator Steve Johnson, who received his DVM at Colorado State and his wife, Lynette, who works at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We were very pleased to have four former deans in attendance. Dr. Nicholas Booth, who served as Dean from 1966 to 1971; Dr. William J. Tietz, 1971 to 1977; Dr. Robert D. Phemister, 1977 to 1985; and Dr. James L. Voss, 1985 to 2001. What a privilege it was to share the evening with these four men who led the College to such great success in research, teaching and service and who continue to have a profound impact today.
Their contributions and the contributions of others, including our founding dean Dr. George Glover, are reflected in the measures of success by which veterinary colleges are judged. In 2006, the College reached all-time highs for research grant expenditures, Veterinary Teaching Hospital service and revenue, Diagnostic Laboratory service and revenue, and receipt of donated funds to sustain and enhance our teaching, research and service programs.
As we celebrate our past, we also look to the future and how the concept of One Medicine will shape the College in the coming years. We are set to make dramatic improvements to animal and human health through innovative research, collaboration across international borders, investment in infrastructure, as well as the addition of more high-caliber faculty members and recruitment of talented students. To that end, the College announced at the Banquet the establishment of the Imagine the Possibilities…100-Year Anniversary Scholarship (read related article in this edition of E-Insight).
On the faculty side, we are excited to announce that Dr. Daniel Smeak has accepted the position of Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He is scheduled to begin in early August and we look forward to his arrival (see related article in this edition of E-Insight). Meanwhile, Dr. Dean Hendrickson will replace Dr. Martin Fettman as acting director. I’m also pleased to announce that Dr. Gordon Woods has accepted the John Alexander Chair in Large Animal Reproduction and also will serve as Director of the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. He began his work at the College in early January (see related article in this edition of E-Insight). Additionally, Dr. Carol Blair is now acting head of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. We appreciate her leadership and guidance as we begin the search for a new department head.
Best wishes to all in 2007 and we look forward to seeing you at many of the activities we have planned as we celebrate the College’s history and anticipate its bright future.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences