Last month, an article in the New York Times about the cost of veterinary medical education and job opportunities in the profession resulted in passionate responses from veterinarians, veterinary schools, and professional veterinary organizations. In an effort to ensure all interested parties had the correct information, we shared the article and responses with our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I want to thank the many individuals who have shared their insights into this topic with us. (View Dr. Stetter's email to DVM alumni.)
For the last several years, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the American Veterinary Medical Association have cultivated active working groups to explore the new landscape of veterinary medicine – changes in curriculum, accreditation, specialties, government programs, state support, and so much more. At the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, our faculty members have played an active role in these working groups (in addition to our own internal discussions and ongoing program adaptations) helping to shape the future of veterinary education and medicine. Last month, I joined veterinary college deans from across the country in Washington D.C., where we had a series of meetings on this topic. I also had the opportunity to spend time "On the Hill" meeting with Colorado’s legislative offices including the Senate and Congress.
This spring, Dean Hendrickson, Associate Dean for Professional Veterinary Medicine, and I will host a series of open forums ("Town Hall" meetings) with our veterinary students. We are interested in getting feedback from our students about their experiences with the veterinary medical program at Colorado State University, including what they find valuable and what they may want to change. One of the modifications we are investigating is a more comprehensive financial education curriculum incorporated throughout the four-year program.
In other news, last month I went to the Colorado state capitol with other CSU representatives to meet with the Joint Agricultural Committee to discuss agricultural issues in the state. In particular, we reviewed what Colorado State University is doing to help our state agricultural interests. We reviewed the service provided by the Colorado State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, our growing programs in food animal health, and some of our new equine initiatives. I look forward to working with the other colleges and our state representatives on these issues that are vital to the economic and environmental interests of our state.
Lastly, as many of you already know, April is a busy month here at the College. In this edition of E-Insight, you’ll find more information on the many events you can attend, but I’d like to highlight a few here. I hope you can join us for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Open House on April 5 and 6, the grand opening of the new Equine Reproduction Laboratory on April 26, and the Fast and the Furriest 5K Run/Walk on April 27. Also, for CVMBS faculty and staff, don’t forget about the CVMBS Spring Faculty/Staff Meeting on April 23.
Mark Stetter, DVM, DACZM
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences