Message from the Dean

Lois Bates Acheson Dean

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Web site of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Established in 1975, the College's clinical programs were for their first 30 years limited to large animals, and students had to spend more than a year at Washington State University to complete their veterinary education. The College is now in the midst of an amazing transformation. In the past 5 years we have:

• Opened the new small animal clinic in the Lois Bates Acheson Teaching Hospital;
• Added more than 20 faculty;
• Expanded our educational program to accommodate all four years of the DVM program at Oregon State University and increased student enrollment by 30%;
• Received full accreditation from the Council on Education of the AVMA;
• Launched a groundbreaking partnership with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland; and
• Completed an expansion of the large animal and diagnostic imaging facilities, which will have a profound impact on our research, teaching and patient services.

These accomplishments are possible because of the generous support of donors and state legislators, and the advocacy of our veterinary colleagues, alumni and producer groups.

Having come of age, the College is now poised to develop into a signature program with a national reputation for excellence in teaching, research and service. As we further develop our program, we will work hard to accomplish the following:

• Expand training opportunities for veterinary students through formal collaborations with private and corporate practices, large-scale farming operations, research institutes, humane societies and other veterinary colleges.
• Increase research and scholarship by expanding laboratory, equipment and technical support infrastructure.
• Enhance diversity and community by identifying and implementing strategic initiatives designed to promote racial, ethnic and demographic diversity among students, faculty and staff.
• Achieve the fundraising goals of OSU's Capital Campaign by promoting visibility of the College and working closely with friends of the College to establish new student scholarships and endowed chairs and develop signature research/clinical programs.
• Promote availability of veterinary services in rural and underserved communities.

I look forward to the College of Veterinary Medicine advancing in its teaching, research and service missions, and invite you to join us in working towards these goals.

Cyril R. Clarke

Cyril R. Clarke, BVSc, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVCP
Lois Bates Acheson Dean