Oklahoma State names Risco veterinary dean

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The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents on Oct. 20 approved the appointment of Dr. Carlos A. Risco as dean of the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is expected to assume his position in March, according to a university press release.

Dr. Risco
Dr. Carlos Risco

Dr. Risco (Florida '80) is currently at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where he serves as a tenured professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

"I am excited for the opportunity to serve as dean," Dr. Risco said in the release. "The strong culture of scholarship, outstanding curriculum and the multidisciplinary approach to improve both animal and human health has led to the excellent reputation of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences."

Dr. Risco is a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. His main research focus pertains to metabolic disorders and reproductive management of dairy cows.

From 1982-90, he was a partner at Chino Valley Veterinary Associates, a nine-veterinarian dairy practice in Ontario, California. In 1990, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida as an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Risco will replace interim dean Dr. Chris Ross, who took over from former dean Dr. Jean E. Sander. Dr. Sander left in June 2016 to become senior technical services poultry veterinarian at Zoetis Inc. She served in the position of dean for five years and oversaw the addition of the newly constructed Academic Center to house faculty offices, which opened in 2015.

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