Thoughts on the Future
As we gather to celebrate the rich history and accomplishments of our colleagues and the School
over the past 60 years, I can't help but look forward to embrace the next era.
The one thing that is always constant is change and veterinary medicine is no exception.
We have helped hundreds of thousands of animals and their owners in the past and that tradition
will continue in ways we can't even imagine today.
I think veterinary medicine will continue to embrace the — one medicine, one health, global
Environmental/ecosystem health will be an even bigger issue and will be the platform to bring
together human, animal, environmental, wildlife, agriculture, pest controls, air, water, and energy
While research realities such as funding, equipment, space, expertise and regulations will
challenge our scientific pursuits, we will continue to develop new knowledge, new therapies, and
new approaches to health and welfare issues for animals and people.
Our curriculum discussions have placed us in a position to provide cutting edge educational
programs for our students, and set the bar for the educational standards in veterinary medicine.
The development of new and integrated curriculum approaches is an outstanding use of our time
and energies and will be of significant importance to the veterinary profession as a whole.
The commitment of our faculty, staff and students to clinical and public service is amazing and
an area in which we are recognized locally, nationally and even internationally. Service will
continue to be a way for us to help animals and people, to showcase our expertise and use our
research developments to solve real problems.
In the future we will see new developments: in our food systems to maintain livestock health and
welfare, and maintain safe, healthy food; in oncology treatments and even a vaccine for
cancer(s); nutrition and its impacts on improving health; in the identification and understanding
of emerging infectious diseases and effective control strategies; in the advancement of
comparative medicine approaches to animal and human health; in the alleviation of
environmental toxicants, and in the use of genetics, genomics and stem cell biology in the
prevention and treatment of disease and injury.
We will see a greater number of women and persons of color in leadership positions, the
— shrinking of the global community with increased travel, communication channels, and
economic interdependence, and an increased use and application of computer technologies.
This school is made up of a group of progressive individuals, never satisfied with status quo,
never truly standing still. It's the endless possibilities of what we can accomplish, the creative
energy that the faculty, staff and students bring to our community and the ability to imagine
something new or different that keeps us at the forefront of our community and our profession.
The future is bright, the challenges are many, but our core mission--to help animals, is what
makes us special.
Happy 60th Anniversary!
Bennie I. Osburn
Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis