Western University of Health Sciences appointed Dr. Phillip D. Nelson as dean of the veterinary college, effective June 11. He succeeds Dr. Shirley Johnston, founding dean, who has accepted the position of vice president for university advancement.
Most recently, Dr. Nelson was executive associate dean for preclinical programs at the WesternU veterinary college.
He also is a member of the AVMA Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. He serves as a consultant on diversity for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and as a member of the AAVMC Multicultural Affairs Committee.
Dr. Nelson's research has focused on feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus infections in cats as biological models for HIV infections in humans and also on the development of lymphocytic immunity in dogs and cats.
Previously, Dr. Nelson served as an associate dean at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He also was acting head of the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Nelson graduated from Tuskegee in 1979.