Statement regarding Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame, 2017
July 23, 2017
Statement from Dr. Cyril Clarke
Dean, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
The recent decision to induct Michael Vick into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame has generated a tremendous response from both the veterinary community and those who share our commitment to animal welfare and promoting the humane treatment of animals. The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine was not part of the nomination process or the decision, which was made by a committee of past athletes.
The veterinary college unequivocally opposes honoring an individual whose past actions contradict our values and the cornerstone of our mission. Over the course of several days, I have communicated with President Sands and other campus administrators to express our disappointment and opposition to this decision. I continue to be in conversations with the president regarding this issue.
The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine will continue to stand behind our mission and advocate for an alternative outcome. Our mission has not changed, and we will continue to work tirelessly to advance programs that promote the welfare of animals and to be a strong voice that reflects our unified commitment to compassionate care and our dedication to and respect for the animal lives that benefit from the education and care we deliver.