July 2015 Deans Corner
Graduation ceremonies held

EPA Awards College Researchers $6 Million to Investigate Environmental Impact on Cardiac Health

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded a $6 million grant to fund a multi-institutional collaboration, led by Dr. Ivan Rusyn, between the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and the Bioinformatics Research Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU) investigating the effects of environmental toxicants on human health with a focus on the potential adverse effects on the heart.

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Veterinary technicians honored by graduating DVM class

Dr. Dindot Working With Students on Autism Research

Dylan Ritter–a sophomore at the University of Mississippi– and Kathleen Nelson—a high school senior from Illinois– are spending their summer working to advance the knowledge of autistic disorders so that others may benefit in the future.

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Abbott honored with Piper Professor award

June was Mental Health Awareness Month

In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, our college featured efforts to promote mental health throughout the year. We have a number of programs to help our students manage stress and improve their emotional health.

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Center for Educational Technologies hosts meeting with Zoetis leadership

Corrin Ordner Joins the CVM As Continuing Education Coordinator

Corrin Ordner, the college’s new continuing education coordinator, was born and raised in New Jersey and has lived in the New England area most of her life. She relocated to Texas this past January after living in Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in photography and journalism from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Master of Arts in holistic leadership from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Veterinary technicians honored by graduating DVM class

Glenn Blodgett and Kent Carter Together at the American Horse Council Meeting

Kent Carter, a professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and assistant department head for animal resources, is president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Glenn Blodgett is one of our outstanding alumni and current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). The two presidents had the opportunity to chat at the American Horse Council meeting.

     

My Travels on Behalf of the College

It is an honor to be a member of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and on May 28, I enjoyed meeting in Fort Worth with the amazing women (and a few men) who also serve on the board. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, which is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West, honors and celebrates the women whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West. The museum includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, gift shop, and a research library and archives that house more than 4,000 artifacts.

Dr. Dan Posey, Dr. Kenita Rogers, and I attended a Veterinary Leadership Experience in Post Falls, Idaho, on June 2–3. In small groups with veterinary students, other faculty, industry representatives, private practitioners, technicians and other veterinary professionals, we learned how to improve our emotional intelligence, teamwork, and communication skills.

On June 22–25, Dr. Jonathan Levine and I had the opportunity to attend the Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program, which is a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton School. The program combines the knowledge and experience of a veterinary school with that of a business school to help veterinarians refine their leadership skills and get involved in the most pressing issues that affect animals and humans: zoonotic diseases, food security, disaster preparedness, poverty, and others. We learned how to identify opportunities to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine and gained key frameworks, approaches, and knowledge to improve help us lead in creating solutions to global issues.

On June 26, I met with the staff of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) in Washington, DC. We had a productive meeting about a number of issues that affect the future of veterinary medicine and how to meet changing global One Health challenges. I look forward to assuming the presidency of AAVMC this summer.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) held a Joint Committee Meeting in Schaumburg, Illinois, on June 29–30, and I participated in the meeting on behalf of the college.

     
Follow the Progess of our New Complex Online

Follow the Progess of the VBEC Online

You can view the latest state of the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex online. The webpage allows for a time-lapse video of construction.

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VLCS Seminar Series: Dr. Rodolfo Madrigal
July 9

2015 Resident and Intern Seminar Series
July 10

VLCS Seminar Series: Dr. Amanda Masciarelli
July 23


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2nd Annual Diagnostic Cytology Workshop
August 7-9

7th Annual Canine Conference
August 21-23

10th Annual Neurology Conference
August 28-30

Ruminant Ultrasound Workshop
August 29, 2015

Biomedtrix Conference
September 9-12

3rd Annual African Wildlife Medicine CE: Chemical Immobilization Course
October 2-18

17th Annual Emergency Medicine & Critical Care Conference
October 9-11

Small Animal Anesthesia & Analgesia Conference
November 20-22


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Jennie L. Lamb, a graphic designer in Creative Technologies, assumed the office of president of the Brazos Valley Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) starting July 1.

Elizabeth Scanlin, a Veterinary Technician in neurology, has been elected to be the college’s University Staff Council (USC) representative for the next three years.





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