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State of the School Address 2015

June 15, 2015

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Examples of excellent staff--members of the VMTH's Clinical Laboratory Services.

June 2015

It was a year full of high points and moments of deep sorrow. In his annual State of the School Address, Dean Lairmore touched on the accomplishments of garnering the recent #1 ranking on both national and international scales. He also acknowledged the death of fourth-year student Whitney Engler, and how the school community came together to support each other and her family.

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Reaching the top in rankings was a cumulative effort of excellence in many areas, Lairmore emphasized, such as: leading the nation’s veterinary schools in research funding; continuing growth of student scholarship support; focusing on diversity and inclusiveness; and enhancing partnerships in One Health. All of these efforts will be critical as the school moves toward creating a Veterinary Medical Center that will enhance a mission of advancing the health of animals, people and the environment.

He further highlighted the activities and accomplishments of the school community during this past academic year including:

Selecting the Class of 2019

Increased diversity and inclusion activities, and pre-vet outreach and student recruitment efforts

Full implementation of the new curriculum

Student scholarship success ($2.5 M) and student grants/financial aid ($4.2 M)

Outstanding Fundraising - $40 M

High-impact transdisciplinary research

Investments in research equipment and research collaboration tools

Excellence in animal patient care – 50,000 animal patients

109 house officers training in 34 specialty disciplines

Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials – 90 current studies on broad range of topics

Office of Global Programs activities and partnership development

Faculty and staff awards

Strong collaborations with other academic, government, agricultural and business partners