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Vital Signs: December 2018

A look back at 2018: With gratitude

A message from Interim Dean Gregory Daniel

The Year in Review

Dear friends and colleagues,

As 2018 comes to a close and we reflect on the accomplishments of our college community this year, we are mindful that these achievements would not be possible without the collective commitment and efforts of faculty and staff, students, alumni, donors, referring veterinarians, and friends of the college. Here are a few highlights of what we have accomplished together.

  • The college maintained its position as one of the top-ranked colleges in the nation in the number of applications for veterinary program admission. We received 1,656 applications for 120 positions available in the Class of 2022 — the second largest applicant pool in North America for the fourth year in a row.
  • In 2018, the college’s Small Animal Hospital marked 30 years of accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association, the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards of veterinary excellence that go above and beyond state regulations.
  • Client feedback surveys using CalPro Research benchmarks our Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg with our peer referral centers. The results in 2018 continue to show our hospital among the top tier of referral and primary care centers with many clients commenting on the high-quality, professional, and compassionate care of our faculty, staff, and students.
  • The generosity of the college’s alumni and friends and our hospitals’ grateful clients provided critical support this year to fund facility improvements, groundbreaking clinical research, and state-of-the-art equipment, allowing our college to expand knowledge and deliver innovative treatments that improve animal lives.
  • The new Virginia Tech Bachelor of Science degree in public health (BSPH), approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in September and added as an accredited degree by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in October, will be offered through the public health program in the college’s Department of Population Health Sciences. The program will admit its first cohort of students in fall 2019. In addition, the Master of Public Health program received continuing accreditation from CEPH through December 2025.
  • The college maintained its position as one of the top-ranked colleges in the nation in the number of applications for veterinary program admission. We received 1,656 applications for 120 positions available in the Class of 2022 — the second largest applicant pool in North American for the fourth year in a row.
  • The college’s research program received more than $10 million in sponsored program awards for FY18 and saw a 30 percent increase in awards and a 75 percent increase in research expenditures from commercial sponsored programs between FY18 and FY17.
  • The college’s Comparative Oncology Research Center (CORC), currently under construction on the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke, will serve as a center of excellence for comprehensive animal cancer care, research, and learning. Scheduled to begin seeing patients in spring 2020, CORC will accommodate the relocation and expansion of the medical oncology service from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg as well as the region’s only radiation oncology service for pets.
  • The college and Alumni Society hosted festive weekends this fall to celebrate alumni reunions for DVM classes as well as the first annual alumni weekend for the MPH program. We are thankful for the continued engagement and support of our alumni and appreciate the critical role they play in advancing the college and shaping the next generation of students and professionals.
  • The college hosted its fourth annual VetTRAC Summer Program, which featured a week of tours, lectures, and hands-on experiences for students from underrepresented populations who are interested in veterinary medicine. The program is one of three initiatives developed by the college as part of InclusiveVT, Virginia Tech’s approach to diversity and inclusion.
  • This year, the college’s DVM Educational Debt Task Force, a group that combines faculty from the college with outside advisors who lend expertise on a variety of debt-reduction strategies, issued a final report that contains recommended actions for addressing the debt problem and establishing metrics to measure progress.

We thank the members of our college family for their support and contributions that made 2018 a successful year, and we look forward to working together to build on this success in 2019.

Have a happy holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Sincerely,
Dr. Gregory B. Daniel, Interim Dean

Credits

Vital Signs is published throughout the year by the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Interim Dean: Gregory B. Daniel
  • Director of Communications and Marketing: Alison Elward
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