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Office of Public Relations and Communications

The Office of Public Relations and Communications (OPRC) operates strategic communications, media relations, and government relations programs designed to foster a positive operating environment for the college and assist in the development of operating resources from the public and private sectors. The OPRC operates communication programs for internal and external audiences that demonstrate how VA-MD Vet Medís learning, discovery and engagement programs contribute to the companion animal, agricultural, and biomedical research communities.


Resources for Journalists

  • Press Releases - Please visit our Press Release Archives.
  • Experts - Board certified clinical specialists and biomedical scientists on faculty in the college are available to provide expert commentary and information on a number of topics and issues in animal and public health. In order for our office to provide you with the most efficient service, we ask that you first contact OPRC media relations staff prior to making contact with a faculty member. We value your interest in the college and will make every effort to respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.
  • E-Newsletter - Browse and subscribe to Vital Signs, our monthly electronic newsletter.

Website and Social Media

Our office is responsible for the design, development, and management of the collegeís website and social media presence.

  • To request updates for the public website, contact Jesse Janowiak.
  • To request updates for the college Intranet, contact IT Support.
  • To submit items to be considered for social media feeds, contact Alison Elward.

Legislative Relations

Our office works closely with the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and other organizations to help shape public policy at the state and federal level in a way that creates a better future for the college and the profession of veterinary medicine and the people and animals it serves.