MPVM 50th Anniversary Weekend

Celebrating 50 Years of Global Health

September 18, 2017

More than one hundred alumni, faculty and friends gathered to celebrate 50 years of the Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) program this past weekend. This enthusiastic group shared memories and stories, and “traveled through the decades” with speakers Drs. Bill Pritchard, Dave Hird (’73), Ashley Hill (’99) and others. Profiles and achievements of founding faculty Dr. Calvin W. Schwabe and Walter Sadler were highlighted, as were the contributions of Dr. George West (’76), who served as California Department of Food and Agriculture’s liaison to the MPVM program for more than 25 years. The MPVM program, established in 1967, has graduated more than 1,000 veterinary professionals prepared to investigate and evaluate disease and production problems in animal populations and to design and implement disease control programs. MPVM grads come from 86 countries in addition to the U.S. and hold top-level positions in governmental, private industry, and academic institutions worldwide, effectively impacting and improving animal and human health on a global level.