Midwestern appoints Sidaway as first dean

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Dr. Brian K. Sidaway

Dr. Brian K. Sidaway has been named dean of the Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine, slated to open in fall 2014 in Glendale, Ariz. Kathleen H. Goeppinger, PhD, university president and CEO, announced the appointment in January.

Dr. Sidaway has served as associate dean of the college since June 2012. He has been instrumental in obtaining Arizona licensure for the new program, completing a comprehensive self-study for the AVMA Council on Education, and initiating curriculum development.

Dr. Goeppinger said, “Dr. Sidaway has won the respect and admiration of all of us since he began here last June. He has the skills, enthusiasm, and work ethic that are shared by all members of the academic community, and we look forward to working with him to develop this important new college.”

A native of Biloxi, Miss., Dr. Sidaway is a former director of the Arizona VMA and also has 15 years of veterinary practice and education experience. Prior to his arrival at Midwestern University, he practiced veterinary surgery in Louisiana, where he also served as a consultant and surgeon at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Dr. Sidaway is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a 1998 graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Midwestern University plans to welcome its inaugural class of 100 students in August 2014. It will be the first college in Arizona ever to offer a DVM degree. The AVMA Council on Education conducted a comprehensive site visit in January 2013 in response to the college’s request for a letter of reasonable assurance of accreditation.