February 21, 2012
- Today we are excited to announce a first-in-kind public-private
partnership between our college, the Cornell University College of
Veterinary Medicine, and Pfizer Animal Health that will create a
state-of-the-art learning environment for veterinarians everywhere.
This unique partnership between academia and industry will deliver
the Universities' expertise in medicine and teaching, supported by
Pfizer Animal Health's information delivery and customer service
know-how. Together, the partnership will offer veterinarians
convenient web-based educational products utilizing the latest
advances in educational technologies. The content that will be
available through this new venture, which has been named Veritas,
is currently being developed under the leadership of Dr. Jodi
Korich, Director of Education Technology here at the CVM. The
partnership between Cornell, Texas A&M, and Pfizer Animal
Health will seek to transform the learning process, providing
practitioners with unique opportunities to stay current with the
latest discoveries in veterinary medicine, hone in their clinical
skills, incorporate current medical advances into decisions that
affect patient care, and build more profitable practices. This
collaboration will leverage technology to ensure convenient,
round-the-clock access to these educational opportunities.
Additional information about this project can be found on our
As the Veritas project is launched, watch for more information
about this innovative education program.
- Congratulations to Dr. Louise Abbott, who was recently selected
as the holder of the prestigious Thaman Professorship for
Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. The Dean of Faculties oversees
this award which is, according to the award website, "conferred
only upon the university's most distinguished teachers of
undergraduates. They are faculty members who have exhibited
uncommon excellence and devotion to undergraduate students of Texas
A&M University." Dr. Abbott will hold this professorship for
three years. The selection process is rigorous and includes review
by a distinguished panel of professors. Please join me in
congratulating Dr. Abbott for this achievement. The CVM family is
very proud of you!
- The annual Texas Veterinary Medical Association Mid-Winter
Conference is complete. I want to personally thank each and every
administrator, faculty member, staff member, and student who
attended. The TVMA is our state organization. The leadership and
membership appreciate our contributions and our membership. Special
recognition goes to Dan Posey for his role on the TVMA Executive
Committee as Council Member for Veterinary Practice and to Keith
Chaffin for being a member of the TVMA Board of Directors. A major
reason TVMA selects College Station as its meeting site is to
encourage our students, the future veterinarians, to attend, and
they did in record numbers. They make us proud. During the
conference, we had the opportunity to engage TVMA members in
thoughtful discussions on student debt. A prominent solution is
scholarship support, and I thank our development team for their
help in increasing student scholarships from $O.75M to $1.7M since
2008. The TVMA, as an ongoing partner with the CVM, provides
financial support annually. Its members contribute their time and
talent to a variety of programs, such as the Ethics program and,
more recently, the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) process initiated
last year under the leadership of Dr. Kenita Rogers and her team.
The response to the MMI process has been extremely favorable.
- In an effort to strengthen the brand and visual identity of our
college within the university, as well as to external publics, the
Executive Committee recently approved the new CVM Identity
Standards. These guidelines work in conjunction with the existing
brand standards of Texas A&M University to provide a framework
for identifying elements of the college. The new standards are
available at /identity and include
downloadable versions of the official CVM logo. The brand standards
for Texas A&M University may be found at http://brandguide.tamu.edu.
If you have any questions regarding logo usage or the identity
standards, please contact Angela Clendenin, Director of Public
Relations & Communications for the CVM via email@example.com
- The planning phase has been launched for our new Education
Building, which was officially added to the capitol plan by the
Board of Regents last Thursday. The planning process is a critical
time in any building project, and input is being actively sought
from faculty, staff, students, and others. Everyone's opinion is
important and will be considered throughout the process. There will
be multiple ways to submit suggestions about the new building.
Beginning this week, there will be surveys (one for faculty/staff
and one for students).
- The links to the survey are: Faculty and Staff-
- In addition, a planning committee has been formed with
representatives from every department. The list of members has been
included below so input can be provided directly to department
representatives. Committee members include: Dr. Glen Laine, Dr.
Virginia Fajt, Dr. Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, Dr. Anton Hoffman,
Dr. Linda Logan, Dr. Roger Smith, Dr. Sandee Hartsfield, Dr. Lisa
Howe, Dr. Allen Roussel, Dr. Kent Carter, Dr. John August, Mr.
Terry Stiles, Dr. Kenita Rogers, Mr. Sam Wigington, and Ms. Heather
- I was asked by the Texas A&M Foundation to give a
presentation to the Texas A&M Foundation Trustees at their
meeting last Friday. There are seven trustees and all are
successful, influential individuals on and off campus. All were
impressed by our CVM and the work you all do.
- In a previous edition of Dean's Corner, I mentioned the Texas
A&M University Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), which is
a program developed to attract world-renown faculty to Texas
A&M University for a one-year sabbatical. Housed in the Office
of the Vice President of Research, the leadership team of the TIAS
program has already begun to recruit the first class of faculty
fellows. The college has submitted three strong candidates with
international reputations in their fields for consideration for
this very prestigious program.
- A recent article in Inside Higher Education covered the class
size expansion that many veterinary medical schools are
implementing and how that expansion will eventually impact the
shortage of veterinarians in large animal and mixed practice.
Cornell University just increased its class size for that purpose.
For those interested, the article can be accessed at:
- The One Health Concept is growing on campus. Dr. Suzanne Yandow
from the Texas A&M Health Science Center accepted an invitation
to contribute to the College of Architecture's
"Architecture-for-Health" lecture series. She, Dr. Sam Shoemaker,
Dean of the College of Medicine, and I spoke again on One
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP
Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University