Dr. Stacy Eckman, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS), has been appointed associate dean of hospital operations for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVMBS) Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH).
In this position, Eckman will work closely with VMTH faculty and staff to deliver state-of-the-art healthcare to veterinary patients; support the hospital’s clinical trials, telehealth, and One Health missions; and foster an environment that values teaching. She will also serve on the CVMBS Executive Committee and chair the VMTH Hospital Board.
“Humbled and honored do not even begin to express my feelings for this position,” Eckman said. “I did not come to the VMTH looking for this position, but over time and the longer I have been here, I see this as a place to make a huge impact. I have a deep commitment to patients, clients, teaching, and Texas A&M, and I look forward to continuing that commitment in my new role.
“Our main goal at the VMTH is to build on the tradition of excellence we already have regarding patient care and service to clients and referring veterinarians, as well as continuing to build on our reputation as innovative researchers,” she said. “As the only veterinary school in Texas with a teaching hospital, it is important that the VMTH continues to enhance and balance the clinical year for training fourth-year veterinary students preparing to enter the profession and specialty training for residents and interns.”
Eckman earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Texas A&M in 2001 and, after eight years in small animal private practice, returned as a faculty member in 2009.
Since joining the VMTH, Eckman has cared for patients and taught fourth-year veterinary students, interns, and residents in the Primary Care and Emergency Medicine services. In addition, she has devoted many hours to teaching preclinical veterinary courses.
Eckman also served as the designated veterinarian for Texas A&M’s mascot, Reveille, for many years—a position she considers one of the true highlights of her professional career.
In 2017, Eckman was named the first chief medical officer of the Small Animal Hospital, a position created to help lead, encourage, and implement innovations and process improvements. This experience, in addition to her vast expertise in animal care and passion for teaching, will pave the way for success in her new position as associate dean.
Beyond the CVMBS, Eckman also serves as the chair of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges’ (AAVMC) Primary Care Veterinary Educators group, which works to advance and inspire primary care education in veterinary teaching hospitals.
“Dr. Eckman’s leadership has been demonstrated on many fronts, including service on professional, departmental, college, and university committees,” said CVMBS dean Dr. John August. “Most recently, she has played an integral role in VMTH operations as the college has navigated teaching, patient care, research, and service activities during the pandemic. My very sincere thanks go to Dr. Eckman for accepting this important responsibility at a particularly challenging time.”
Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of CVMBS Communications, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; firstname.lastname@example.org; 979-862-4216