Veterinarians impact the lives of
Minnesotans every day
2004-2005 Annual Report
Reflecting on the past, looking ahead
Five years ago, the University of Minnesota Regents
appointed me dean of the College of Veterinary
Medicine. After more than 20 years as a member of
the faculty of this great college, becoming dean was
both exhilarating and daunting. There was so much I
wanted the College to do, so many animal and human
health issues on which I wanted us to make our mark.
Thanks to a bright, hard-working faculty and staff
and the support of donors, the legislature, and the
community, the College has accomplished much during the past five years.
I’m especially proud of the following:
■ The College has become recognized and valued as an important state and
national resource by University leadership, state legislators, and the public.
■ As the first veterinary college to adopt the PDI (Personnel Decisions
International) behavior-based interview as part of the selection process
for D.V.M. students, we are leading the nation in changing how veterinary
students are selected.
■ Our Veterinary Public Health program has been a resounding success. This
program, which leads to a doctor of veterinary medicine (D.V.M.) degree
and a master’s degree in public health (M.P.H.) in four years, provides the
credentials to address key issues related to food safety, emerging infectious
diseases, and public health. Seventy-five students from seven colleges are
now enrolled in the program, which had its first graduate this past year.
■ We’re leading consortiums of universities, government agencies, and pro-
ducer groups in major research and planning efforts. In 2004, the University
of Minnesota received the two largest grants ever to be awarded for ani-
mal disease research from the United States Department of Agriculture’s
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and was
named one of three new Homeland Security Centers of Excellence.
These are only some of our many accomplishm