Campus has quieted down as the excitement of graduation dissipates and our remaining students settle into a summer schedule. Here in the dean’s office, we are busy preparing for construction and remodeling, cleaning out files, organizing and boxing important documents, and steeling ourselves for a move to temporary quarters. The end result will be wonderful but, as anyone who has been through a remodeling process can attest, the process can be somewhat challenging.
During construction, most of us will be moving to a modular building on the South Campus, while those associated with student services will remain in the Anatomy/Zoology Building. We will do our best to mitigate any inconvenience but ask you to bear with us. Once our new quarters are complete, we know it will have been worth the upheaval.
To update you now on recent events, on May 25 Dr. Matt Johnson and I were invited to speak at the Frontier Society luncheon in honor of the College’s 100th anniversary. While I shared news from the College, Matt provided the bulk of the presentation enthralling everyone present with entertaining stories from the exotic animal side of veterinary medicine. Sharing stories about a parrot that needed liposuction, interesting cases involving a hedgehog and a snake, and more, Matt shared his love of veterinary medicine with humor and compassion. Paul Maffey and I also talked with donors about College programs and giving opportunities. I’d like to send special thanks to Debbie Morehead from the Development Office who set up several fascinating displays reflecting the College’s history, which proved to be of great interest to members of the society.
On May 31 and June 1, Dr. Sherry Stewart and I attended the WICHE Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council Annual Meeting in Corvallis, Oregon. Discussions focused on how to meet the veterinary needs of western states, particularly as it concerns the shortage of food supply veterinarians. This will also be an item for discussion at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Animal Health meeting which I’ll be attending on June 19 in Steamboat Springs.
Also coming up in June is a very special ceremony and reception to honor the College’s five Endowed Chairs. Each chair will be presented with a ceremonial chair, and recognized for their ongoing contributions to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as well as to their fields of expertise. Those being honored include Dr. Christopher E. Kawcak, Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, Dr. Robert Ullrich, Dr. Stephen J. Withrow, and Dr. Gordon Woods.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences