Despite the cold weather (and Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter), we are well into the Spring semester and looking forward to a busy month ahead. Here at the Dean’s Office, we are preparing to move back into our expanded and renovated offices in the Anatomy/Zoology Building. While we have certainly appreciated the space made available to us in the Student Services Building, we are looking forward to going back “home.” Moving day is planned for mid-February and we are hoping for warmer temperatures and sunny skies.
February also brings with it some out-of-state visits as I’ll be traveling with our development director Paul Maffey and Dr. Chris Orton, head of the Animal Heart Center, to Phoenix Feb. 14 for some development work leading up to the Heart to Heart Pet-a-Rama, a charitable event benefiting research at the Animal Heart Center.
We’ll then head to Las Vegas for the 2008 Western Veterinary Conference where the College will host an alumni reception on Feb. 18, and host a lunch on Feb. 19 for invited College alumni to provide them with an update on what’s happening at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I’ll be attending meetings and events at the WVC with Jason Callard, president of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association at Colorado State University.
In other news, we continue preparations for our accreditation site visit April 20-24 by the team from the American Veterinary Medical Association. Re-accreditation of the College’s Professional Veterinary Medical Program takes place every seven years and is an extremely important component of the College’s overall success and national standing. I want to thank faculty, staff and students who provided valuable input to our self-study document. Please know your time and efforts are greatly appreciated. We are now in the process of finalizing that document and will send it to the AVMA accreditation team well in advance of their visit to CSU.
Finally, in honor of American Heart Month, I’d like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Valentine’s Day and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Lance Perryman, DVM, PhD
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences