Susan Hildebrand is the school's newly appointed associate dean for student programs, succeeding Robert Hansen, who continues in his faculty position as professor of physiological
chemistry in the Department of Molecular Biosciences.
Dr. Hildebrand, the first woman to serve in the role of associate dean, administers admissions, advising, academic progress, and the school's scholarship program. Hildebrand also oversees student activities, issues of student life, and events such as Commencement, the Annual Awards Ceremony and the Job Fair, which she sees as a valuable networking activity for new
"Most of my contact with students has been in their clinical years of training." says Dr. Hildebrand. "This position offers the opportunity to get to know students throughout their process as veterinary students. I'm looking forward to meeting students when they are especially excited and eager to get into veterinary school."
Dr. Hildebrand earned her DVM degree at the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, in 1974. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVA) in 1980. Dr. Hildebrand held the office of ACVA president in 1993, and currently serves as chair of the ACVA board of directors.
Early in her career, Dr. Hildebrand served in private and government practice. After completing a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Guelph in 1978, she joined the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at UC Davis, where she is professor of
anesthesiology. Dr. Hildebrand directed the Large Animal Intensive Care Unit at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) from 1981-83, and was chief of the VMTH Anesthesia/Critical Patient Care Service from 1999 until taking on her duties as associate dean. Her research interests focus on neuromuscular function and muscle relaxants in the large animal patient.