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Ruminant Health COE Planning Update

January 29, 2015

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Veterinarian leaders gather to focus on ruminant health.

Western Veterinary Leaders Gather to Discuss Meeting Future Challenges in Sustainable Animal Agriculture

Faculty members representing the five college partners of the Western Region Consortium of Veterinary Medical Colleges gathered in early January to continue planning efforts for a regional Center of Excellence (COE) of Ruminant Health.  Joining UC Davis were representatives from Colorado State University, Oregon State University, Washington State University, Western University of Health Sciences and Zoetis Animal Health. 

The two-day strategic planning session - organized by local leaders Terry Lehenbauer and Joanie Rowe - was professionally facilitated by Daniel Stone.

The Center would help UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and its partners better meet societal needs for sustainable animal agriculture. Through collaborative education, research and outreach, it would address important challenges and pressures impacting animal agriculture in the western United States and the ability of veterinarians to provide ruminant health care such as global population growth calling for production efficiency, consumer demand trends and food integrity confidence.

“The food animal veterinarian is well positioned to play a key role in meeting the future challenges in the animal agriculture industry. The Center would take fuller advantage of the different resources that exist across colleges in ruminant health, and provide greater benefit for our students, the industry and the consumer,” said Dean Michael Lairmore.

Participants at the meeting defined a mission statement and identified core values, issues, action plans and deliverables. The COE proposal was discussed and endorsed at the annual American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Dean’s meeting.  Next steps will include selecting and approving planning activities and funding mechanisms through AAVMC.