Dr. Wesley Bissett, an associate professor of emergency management at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), has been appointed interim head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS).
Bissett, who also serves as director of the Veterinary Emergency Team (VET), will hold his new position for one year, beginning March 1, with the option for a second year based on input from VLCS faculty.
“Dr. Bissett’s highly effective management of programs and people associated with the Veterinary Emergency Team, and his experience in working with many different constituencies, have prepared him well to assume the leadership role in VLCS,” said CVMBS dean Dr. John August. “I look forward to working with Dr. Bissett and the faculty and staff of the VLCS department in their continued pursuit of academic excellence in all of their programs.
“Since my return to our college, I have been impressed with the growth and quality of academic programs in Large Animal Clinical Sciences,” August said. “Under Dr. Bissett’s leadership, I fully expect the very positive trajectory to continue.”
While serving in the interim administrative position, Bissett will continue his roles as associate professor and VET director and will continue to deploy with the team upon approval by the Office of the Dean.
Bissett earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and a Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology in 2007, both from Texas A&M University. He has served as director of the VET since its inception in 2009.
“I have been involved in large animal veterinary medicine throughout my entire career and believe in its importance,” Bissett said. “We are at a time when our society is changing, not only in where people live but in what they do, and it has created unique challenges with veterinary medical delivery in more rural areas. I think this is an exceedingly important problem, given the importance of animal agriculture to our food supply and financial base and also the importance of the horse industry.
“A truly special bond between owner and animal exists in all aspects of the large animal realm, from the young person and their family’s horse to large industry-based agricultural operations,” he said. “This, combined with the historical importance of our college to Texas and the remarkable faculty in this department and our college, makes this an exciting challenge to tackle and I want to be part of it.”
Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of CVMBS Communications, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; firstname.lastname@example.org; 979-862-4216