Vital Signs: December 2014 Vol. 3, Issue 12

Our holiday message to you!

The year in review

Dear friends and colleagues,

As we come to the end of 2014, we take this opportunity to look back on the many accomplishments achieved this year.

A few highlights:

  • Students in the Class of 2014 achieved a 100% pass rate on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), thus maintaining for at least six consecutive years a standard of performance that exceeds the national average.
  • The AVMA Council on Education conducted a comprehensive review of the college in early October. A detailed self-study was drafted and approximately $1 million was invested in deferred maintenance projects in the teaching hospital to prepare for the review. The preliminary report of evaluation was positive and continued full accreditation is anticipated.
  • Over 1,200 applications were received for the 120 positions available in the DVM Class of 2019. We maintained our position as one of the top-ranked colleges in the nation in the number of applications for admission.
  • Leadership of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine was transferred to the Blacksburg campus and further development of the Center is in progress at both Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland.
  • Faculty approved a framework for comprehensive revision of the DVM curriculum.
  • Seven new academic faculty joined the college in the areas of public health, large animal surgery, anesthesiology, public and corporate veterinary medicine, and small animal surgery.
  • A new student lounge and library were constructed, thus completing the remodeling project designed to create a contiguous commons-cafeteria-student lounge-library space in close proximity to student classrooms and the teaching hospital.
  • Forty-four new faculty offices were constructed in an old “cube-farm” office space. Over 90% of academic faculty are now accommodated in appropriate offices, which brings the college closer to its goal of replacing all faculty office cubicles.
  • Faculty in our Department of Population Health Sciences relocated from another building on campus to new offices in our main facility on Duck Pond Drive.
  • A comprehensive business review of the Equine Medical Center was conducted by an external equine practice management consultant and an operational plan is in the initial stages of implementation. This “re-launch” of the EMC creates an opportunity to secure a sustainable financial future that complements the missions of other clinical service facilities.
  • Virologist Dr. X.J. Meng was recognized as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
  • MPH student Ashley Francis served as the graduate student representative on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Many of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the mentorship of faculty and staff, and the support of alumni, referring veterinarians, and other friends of the college who contributed time, attention, and financial resources. Thank you!

We look forward to building on our successes in 2015. But before we do, I encourage you to take an opportunity during the holidays for a well-deserved break and spend time with friends and family.

Wishing you a safe and enjoyable holiday and a prosperous New Year!


Dr. Cyril Clarke, Dean

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