April 2015 Deans Corner
College to host SAVMA symposium in 2017

College to host SAVMA symposium in 2017

The college was successful in its bid to host the 2017 Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) symposium. Led by SAVMA delegates Michael McEntire and Caitlin Conner, the presentation focused on the new facilities we will have available and all of the amazing opportunities the college has to offer. We are all excited about sharing our program with students from veterinary schools all over the country!

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College well-represented at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

College well represented at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The CVM continued its annual tradition of having an educational booth and serving the livestock industry during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 3–22. Thanks to all of the faculty, staff, and students who worked at the event in the booth and contributed to another successful livestock show!

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Morgan Scott Presented at the International Livestock Congress

Morgan Scott Presented at the International Livestock Congress

Dr. Morgan Scott spoke about anti-microbial resistance (AMR) at the International Livestock Congress on March 5, 2015, the day after McDonald’s announced their new Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship. This is an important issue, and we’re so proud to have a world expert like Dr. Scott at the college!

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Climate Matters Conference held

Climate Matters Conference held

The second annual “Climate Matters Conference: A Dialogue on Climate, Inclusion and Respect” was held in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom March 9-10. Our own Dr. Kenita Rogers was one of two members of a panel discussion on best practices for climate, diversity and equity.

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Three Texas A&M students participate in AVMA’s 2015 Legislative Fly-in

Three Texas A&M students participate in AVMA’s 2015 Legislative Fly-in

Three Texas A&M veterinary students participated in the 2015 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Legislative Fly-in, held this month in the nation’s capital. Emily Hobson, Ricci Karkula and Alyzabeth Looney were among the nearly 70 veterinary students from around the country who were there to learn more about the legislative process and to urge Congress to act on higher education issues and support veterinarians in rural areas.

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CVM Celebrated the Holidays with Party at Equine Complex

Legislative Ladies visit the CVM

We were all delighted to host the “Legislative Ladies” on March 24. Approximately 35 wives of our Texas Legislators, including Texas State Representative for District 14 (Brazos Co.) John Raney’s wife, Elizabeth, who served as the opening speaker, along with Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp's wife, Charlotte, joined us on a tour of our college. We had a great day showing off our interns, residents, students, faculty, and all of our clients! The ladies had a full day of activities, and they were excited to hear more about all we are doing to promote healthy people, animals, and the environment across our state and nation.

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Three Texas A&M students participate in AVMA’s 2015 Legislative Fly-in

One Health Students Collaborate

During the evening, of March 30 our Student One Health Association (SOHA) participated in a global webinar hosted by the One Health Commission (OHC). Our SOHA, joined 37 schools from more than 12 countries across the world including the US, Puerto Rico, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Brazil, Australia, and Europe. Students discussed their One Health activities and shared future goals and initiatives for their colleges and universities. The OHC board will soon be calling for nominations of students to become voting student representatives. One Health at Texas A&M is led by Rosina C (Tammi) Krecek interim assistant dean of One Health. Representing SOHA on the webinar were Jacob Hammond, Co-President of Human Medicine, and Ashton Richardson, Co-President of Veterinary Medicine.

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CVM Celebrated the Holidays with Party at Equine Complex

CVM Staff Appreciation Week festivities held

Held as part of the campus-wide staff appreciation week March 23-27, the college honored its staff members in a number of ways. A frozen yogurt stand (with lots of toppings), office olympics, a movie luncheon, games and a number of prizes throughout the week. Thank you to all staff members, for all you do every day to make this college one of the best in the nation.

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Medora Pashmakova served as a volunteer veterinarian at the Iditarod

Medora Pashmakova served as a volunteer veterinarian at the Iditarod

Each year, 30-50 volunteer veterinarians come together to support the Iditarod race in Alaska. This year, our own Dr. Medora Pashmakova volunteered to help identify, examine and provide basic treatment to the dogs. There were also times when Dr. Pashmakova had to refer a dog for more advanced care to a local veterinarian or an emergency facility. She highlights her trip for us…we are all proud of you!

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Students attend 2015 Iverson Bell Symposium

The AAVMC Conference and the Iverson Bell Symposium

In March, Drs. Kenita Rogers, Dan Posey, Jodi Korich, Wesley Bissett, Garry Adams, and Alice Blue-McLendon, Mr. Les Fitchner, and I attended the 2015 Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Drs. Jodi Korich and Wesley Bissett also attended the AAVMC Leadership Academy, which provides leadership development for faculty at AAVMC institutions. The content of the conference was valuable on many fronts, and many who represented our college attended various program sessions. Using attractive and thought-provoking ideas and recommendations from this conference, CVM participants and I will work to implement key ideas into our college framework. We also attended, along with two of our students, Austin Hardegree and Angela Harrington, the 2015 Iverson Bell Symposium at the AAVMC conference, named for the first African-American veterinarian to hold the position of vice-president of the AVMA. The primary goal of the symposium, which was held in Washington, D.C. on March 13-15, is to promote diversity and inclusion in academic veterinary medicine.

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Follow the Progess of our New Complex Online

Follow the Progess of the VBEC Online

You can view the latest state of the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex online. The webpage allows for a time-lapse video of construction.

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Upcoming Events

April 10
19th Annual Feline Forum
April 10
Honors Convocation
April 10
Outstanding Alumni Recognition Reception and Dinner
April 11
CVM Parent’s Day
April 17
College Hour: Mark Cushing, Animal Policy Group
April 16
VLCS Seminar Series: Dr. Sarah Shaw
April 25
Vet School Open House
April 30
VLCS Seminar Series: Dr. Ellen Duckworth


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Hat's Off

Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon was recently recognized as one of the "15 Top Exotic Animal Veterinary Professors.” Congratulations to her!
Dr. Brittany Dan, a first-year surgery resident, was awarded a Surgeon-In-Training grant. Congratulations to Brittany and to her mentor, Dr. Kelley Thieman Mankin.
Congratulations to Marilyn Snell of the Continuing Education Office, who is a recipient of the 2015 Very Impressive Vocational Achievement (VIVA) Award presented each year by the Rotary Club of College Station to honor devotion to one’s profession. 



Dean's Travel

One of the most rewarding parts of being dean is representing the college at a number of national events and meetings. In March, that included:

· Prairie View A&M University visit with Kenita Rogers to discuss MOU, Feb 5, 2015
· Chancellor’s Century Council Annual Meeting and Reception/Banquet, Austin TX, Feb 27, 2015
· History-Making Texas Award honoring the King Ranch, as guest of Helen Groves who was representing the King Ranch family, Austin, TX. March 2, 2015
· The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Animal Welfare Commission Meeting and 75th Anniversary Celebration on March 5
· The AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, March 6-9
· The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture in Washington, DC on March 10
· The AAVMC Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, DC on March 11
· AAVMC Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill on March 12 and Advocacy Summit and annual meetings in Washington, DC, Mach 12-15
· Tejas Room Reception and Aggie Night at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on March 20
· History-Making Texas Award honoring the King Ranch, as guest of Helen Groves who was representing the King Ranch family, Austin, TX. March 2, 2015
· HLS&R Grand Entry Horse Sale, put on by Texas A&M Equine Initiative with help from Equine Sales Class of Texas A&M students, March 21, 2015