The weather in Colorado has been so beautiful during the last several weeks, it’s hard to believe that November has arrived. Summer certainly has seemed to extend into fall, especially with the Rockies playing in the World Series just down the road. But time is quickly moving on and November promises to be another busy month for the College.
Briefly looking back to last month, I attended meetings of the National Commission of Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) where we discussed compensation for veterinarians, and also the joint meeting of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the American Veterinary Medical Association held in Washington, D.C. At the AAVMC/AVMA meeting, we continued to work on long-term agenda items requiring legislative action.
The Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) was on campus Oct. 29 and 30 to conduct a site visit for the Industrial Hygiene Specialization within the Master of Science in Environmental Health. The Industrial Hygiene program, established in 1975, was originally accredited by ABET in 1996, reaccredited in 2002, and is now up for review once again.
We ended October with the College’s Fall Faculty and Staff meeting on October 30. I’d like to thank everyone who attended the meeting and shared their thoughts. We were able to take a look at the “State of the College” and bring everyone up to date on events and activities planned for the coming year.
We’re kicking off this month with the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association’s leadership conference on Nov. 3. As a member of the Advocacy and Outreach discussions group, I’ll be attending the conference while Dr. Pete Hellyer, who leads the Commission on Education discussions, will be presenting at the conference. On Nov. 12, I’ll be in Savannah, Georgia, for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists annual meeting. Dr. Mary Anna Thrall, from the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, is president of the ACVP and the College is pleased to be hosting a reception for all our alumni in attendance at the meeting to celebrate our centennial.
In November, we’ll also be planning in earnest the College’s next groundbreaking ceremony: the new Diagnostic Medicine Center on the South Campus. The groundbreaking is scheduled for Dec. 7, 9 a.m., with speakers and guests gathering in Rooms 118/120 of the Animal Cancer Center before venturing outside to put the ceremonial shovels into the ground. Depending on the weather, it may be a very quick outdoor ceremony followed by an indoor reception. Details are still being worked out, but all in the College will receive an invitation to the event during the first week of November. I look forward to seeing everyone as we celebrate the beginnings of a new era in diagnostic medicine for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences