Year in Review | December 2020

Dean Dan Givens
Dean Dan Givens

Dear colleagues and friends,

As 2020 draws to a close, we celebrate the dedicated efforts of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and referring veterinarians, which have created noteworthy accomplishments in the midst of this turbulent year.

  • Having established a reputation for excellence in educating students for the many diverse opportunities available in veterinary medicine, the college's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program welcomed its 40th class this fall.
  • For the upcoming DVM Class of 2025, more than 1,870 individuals submitted applications to yield a well-rounded community of diverse, qualified, and academically capable students selected for admission through a holistic process.
  • As the college's Master of Public Health program celebrated its 10th year of training students, 85 applications resulted in 45 newly enrolled students who will play a critical role in improving health in days and years to come.
  • The college's recently accredited bachelor of science in public health has now enrolled more than 250 students, even though the program will not graduate its inaugural class until the spring of 2022.
  • The college's research expenditures increased by 29.5% over the previous year to reach $9.41 million.
  • Total research awards increased more than 40% from the previous year to $12.3 million, which demonstrates an impact of established collaborations and a diverse research portfolio.
  • In response to a focus on the fix-the-debt initiative in 2019, DVM general scholarships in the past fiscal year experienced nearly a fourfold increase in both the annual averages of participating donors and the dollars raised.
  • Enhancing its sports medicine program, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center made progress on the new Steven and Jane Hale Indoor Arena, thanks to generous support from Aimee and Frank Batten. This project is scheduled for completion before next winter.
  • The college's state-of-the-art, transformative, and translational Animal Cancer Care and Research Center began seeing patients this past summer. Thanks in part to the leadership of interim director Joanne Tuohy, the center is poised for growth and impact.
  • We continue to diligently pursue a path toward the expansion and remodeling of our Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the Blacksburg campus.
  • Wearing personal protective equipment and adhering to rigorous biosecurity protocols, the college's inspiring faculty, staff, and students in our Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Equine Medical Center, and Animal Cancer Care and Research Center continued to educate students and provide compassionate care for our patients and their owners.
  • The college's Public Health Program faculty, staff, and students have inspired us all during this challenging year. Through their roles as educators and innovators, including service in the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and the COVID Crushers, they have consistently reminded us of our opportunities to promote, protect, and preserve the health of our communities.

As always, your support and contributions during 2020 have been critical to our success. We anticipate exciting advancements in the coming year as we act on our aspirations to be international leaders in veterinary medicine, biomedical sciences, and public health rooted in service, fueled by a passion to improve health, and focused on innovation and education.

Best wishes for joy-filled holidays and a wonderful new year!

Dan Givens, Dean

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