It’s hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close and a new academic year is drawing near. In Colorado, we’ve been in the midst of a heat wave with a record-breaking run of higher than 90 degree days (22 days in a row at last count), yet in a couple of short weeks we’ll be welcoming back our returning students for fall semester and revving up orientations for our many new students, including those in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.
This will be the second year of our extended orientation program for students entering the Professional Veterinary Medical Program. Once again, PVM students will spend a few days on campus before heading up to Pingree Park, the mountain campus of Colorado State University.
This year also will see the first Food Animal Veterinary Career Incentive Program orientation, as this is the first full year with students entering the program in the fall. We’ll also continue with our VetPrep and VetStart orientations, MBA/DVM and MPH/DVM welcomes and orientations, and a welcoming picnic for incoming freshman in our undergraduate programs (see accompanying article for schedule).
In other news, during the summer many of our faculty members attended professional conferences, presenting papers, giving lectures, and networking with fellow scientists. A number of our faculty members were honored at these conferences for outstanding contributions to their fields. Honorees included Drs. George Seidel, Patrick Brennan, and Jane Shaw (see accompany articles). I’d like to congratulate each of them on their accomplishments and thank them for being so dedicated to their fields of study, as well as leaders at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
I’m looking forward to the 2008/2009 academic year and to seeing our students back on campus. I hope each of you is having a productive and enjoyable summer, and wish you safe travels if you are journeying back to Colorado for the start of the new year.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences