Grooms named dean of Iowa State veterinary college

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Dr. Grooms in the field with cattleDr. Dan Grooms, professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed the next Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He begins Oct. 1.

"Dr. Grooms is an accomplished scientist, teacher and leader who will build on the college's reputation for excellence and the great achievements of our students, faculty and staff," said President Wendy Wintersteen in an Aug. 1 ISU press release. "I am confident he will also work effectively with veterinarians across the state, livestock and poultry producers and others who share our passion for animal and human health."

Dr. Grooms, an expert in bovine infectious diseases, earned two degrees from The Ohio State University—his veterinary degree in 1989 and a doctorate in veterinary preventive medicine in 1997. He joined Michigan State in 1997 and was promoted to department chair of large animal clinical sciences in 2014.

Dr. Grooms holds board certification from the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in veterinary virology, is a former president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and has served on the U.S. secretary of agriculture's Committee on Animal Health.

Greg Lear, chair of the Iowa Livestock Health Advisory Council, said in a release: "Dr. Grooms is the right person to continue the college's great tradition of serving the education and research needs of students, as well as Iowa's producers. He has great perspective as a 'farm kid' who grew up with 4-H and FFA, has work experience in a mixed animal practice, and a history of working with practicing veterinarians through extension programs.

"Food animal production contributes $35 billion to Iowa's economy each year. Dan understands that the job of dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine is to educate not just our students, but also practicing veterinarians and the general public to benefit the entire state."