This news round-up features recent developments and current events from schools accredited by the COE.University of FloridaDr. Glen Hoffsis will step down on July 1, 2013 as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Hoffsis has served as dean since August, 2006. Under his leadership the college funded and constructed a new $58 million, 100,000-square-foot Small Animal Hospital in 2010, as well as other facilities, including a new state-of-the-art auditorium and educational center. Hoffsis will engage in veterinary consulting and will continue to serve on the board of directors of the Citizens Bank of Ashville, Ohio; the Live Oak Bank of Wilmington, North Carolina; and Banfield Pet Hospitals of Portland, Oregon. A search committee has been established to recruit his successor.Texas A&M UniversityThe College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has initiated a $120 million capital project that will add a veterinary education building and an extension to the small animal hospital. The new building will house classrooms and teaching laboratories. The extension to the small animal hospital will enhance patient care and provide improved accommodation for veterinary students. Plans were approved on February 3, 2012 by the University System Board of Regents with money coming from the Permanent University Fund. A completion date has yet to be determined.University of WisconsinDr. Mark Markel, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of medical sciences and associate dean for advancement in the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine, has been chosen as the new dean of the veterinary school. Markel assumed his new role on September 1, replacing Dr. Daryl Buss, who led the school for 18 years. Markel studied wildlife biology as an undergraduate at the University of California-Davis, where he also earned his DVM. He earned a doctorate in physiology and biophysics in 1990 from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.