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October 01, 2021

Stetter moves as dean from Colorado State to UC-Davis

Published on September 09, 2021
Dr. Stetter
Dr. Mark Stetter

Dr. Mark Stetter will go from being dean at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to dean of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on Oct. 18.

While the specific goals and objectives he will set for the UC-Davis veterinary school will depend on what he learns from visiting with the faculty and staff at the school as well as with leaders across the university, he comes with some ideas, according to an Aug. 10 UC-Davis announcement.

“I have several overarching priorities,” he was quoted as saying. “They are: Maintaining and advancing SVM’s high excellence; continuing the school’s significant contributions to society and the planet; promoting an environment in which every member of our community feels included and respected; and fostering a work climate and culture in which our faculty, staff, and students can be at their best while simultaneously enjoying all that a productive life has to offer.”

Under his leadership at Colorado State since 2012, the veterinary college entered a period of growth powered by fundraising of more than $370 million in donations—supporting student scholarships, new buildings and renovations, endowed positions, research programs, and clinical service.

Specifically, Dr. Stetter’s tenure brought a new undergraduate umbrella program in biomedical sciences; a 2+2 program with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks; new construction across the college, including the Temple Grandin Equine Center that opened this past May; a $45-plus million research enterprise; creation of the CSU One Health Institute; and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in addition to wellness for the students, faculty, and staff.

A national search for a new dean at the Colorado State veterinary college will launch this fall.

“I am so proud of the many achievements we have accomplished: nine buildings in nine years, new programs from Mexico to Alaska and Japan to Denver. Every aspect of our mission has grown, and our local and global impact is tremendous,” Dr. Stetter said in a CSU press release. “Thank you for everything you do and for continuing to create a platform of excellence and helping to improve the health of animals, people, and the planet.”

Dr. Stetter (Illinois ’88) interned at the Animal Medical Center in New York City after graduation and served as a resident in zoological medicine at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. He worked at several of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York City facilities, including the Bronx and Central Park zoos and the New York Aquarium. He also directed the Animal Health Care Center at the Audubon Nature Institute’s Zoological Garden in New Orleans.

Dr. Stetter’s research interests have included advancing minimally invasive surgery in nondomestic species and have included work on a variety of different animals including fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

From 1997-2012, he served as director of animal operations, director of animal health, and clinical veterinarian at Walt Disney World. During this time, Dr. Stetter also helped oversee the company’s international wildlife research and conservation programs.

“My experiences at Colorado State and Disney World provided me with an excellent foundation for the role of dean at UC Davis,” Dr. Stetter said in the UC-Davis release. “But in complementary ways, each gave me a uniquely valuable opportunity to care for animals, grow my veterinary expertise, and learn how to lead large and complex organizations.”