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New Director for Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine Program

August 20, 2001

David W. Hird has been appointed director of the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine Program at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His 3-year term became effective July 1.

The Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree program prepares veterinarians to investigate diseases and other problems in animal populations, including food animal flocks or herds as well as wildlife populations. Candidates use the tools of epidemiology, statistics and information management to design, evaluate and implement disease control strategies or other veterinary services programs.

Hird, a graduate of UC Davis (DVM, 1968; MPVM, 1973), joined the UC Davis faculty in 1980. He also directs the school's Office of International Programs, which fosters student and scientific exchange.

Hird states, "The MPVM program opens students' eyes to the multitude of veterinary career paths outside typical small animal medicine practice -- food animal practice, public health service or research, and wildlife health management, an area of growing concern to veterinary scientists around the world."

Prospective MPVM candidates may consider applying as part of the Peace Corps Master's International program and integrate two years of Peace Corps service into their academic requirements. For more information about the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program, go to or call (530) 752-1383.