This news round-up features recent developments and current events from schools accredited by the COE.
Bennie Osburn announced that he will retire as dean of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the summer of 2011. Osburn became dean in 1996 as the school was approaching its 50th anniversary. He oversaw a successful $50 million fundraising campaign and was the guiding force behind a $345 million long-range facilities plan, which will be nearing completion as he leaves next summer.
Cornell University agreed to assist the City University of Hong Kong in creating the first veterinary medicine academic program in the Chinese metropolis. All courses will be in English. The plan is to start the first class of 30 students in 2012 and increase the class size to 50 by the time the first graduation takes place.
Starting in fall 2011 the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine will increase class size 20% from 70 to 84 students. This larger class will graduate in 2015. The School will need to modify some of its classrooms and will offer laboratory courses in sections to adjust for the increased enrollment. The enrollment increase will not change the admission process for students.
The University of Florida College of Veterianry Medicine will begin offering a Certificate in Shelter Medicine. The certificate program will expose students to a cross-section of opportunities in the field, including care of sheltered animals, animal disaster management, cruelty investigations and forensics, shelter animal behavior and welfare, high-quality high-volume sterilization surgery, and research in shelter medicine. Students can earn the certificate by completing 15 units of newly developed elective courses, clinical clerkships and externships focusing on shelter medicine topics. Certificate course offerings span all four years of the veterinary curriculum. Each participating student will be mentored by one of University's five shelter medicine faculty members who will work with the student to tailor a study plan that matches the student's particular interests.
In June, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands officially opened the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine's new University Clinic for Companion Animals. In addition to providing care for companion animals, the clinic will also conduct research and provide training and education to specialists.