Another inspiring academic year has passed at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, as we send forth more veterinarians, Ph.D. scientists, and public health graduates with bachelor's and master's degrees to live out Virginia Tech's Ut Prosim motto ("That I May Serve"). Although each year brings new faces among our students, faculty, and staff, the values we seek to uphold remain steadfast. We have declared those values in our strategic plan, with its pillars of promoting wellbeing and community in our college; enhancing educational opportunities; promoting discovery and scholarship; providing compassionate and impactful clinical services; and advancing One Health initiatives that improve the health of the environment, animals, humans, and human communities, including marginalized groups.
These priorities can be seen within the pages of this issue of TRACKS. Alumni from our college such as veterinary oral surgeon Kendall Taney are seeking new educational opportunities to stretch their expertise to improve compassionate clinical care for animal patients and the humans who care for them. Similarly, Fidelis Hegngi, Christina Loiacono, Jessica Walters, and Carrie Bissett are among those on the front lines fighting the avian flu outbreak and improving overall health of the environment for animals and humans alike. CPRAC, or community practice, impacts the local community in Blacksburg with top-notch clinical care of pets. Addressing the well-being of equine veterinarians, while also improving clinical care for patients and clients, is the goal of new initiatives at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia.
In the months ahead, VMCVM will seek to advance our strategic plan in many exciting ways. We are undertaking a process to holistically review and revise our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum. The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, led by Valerie Ragan and Cassidy Rist, has been reviewed by an external team as it seeks to become a Center for Excellence in guiding new opportunities to improve the well-being of veterinarians who seek a new career track. And, of course, we maintain our focus on continuing to attract the donor support necessary for an expansion and renovation of our Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We appreciate everyone who supports this college in any way as we continue to make this journey in pursuit of excellence and impact, and we hope you enjoy this issue of TRACKS.
Dan Givens, Dean