It’s been a joy to not just see signs of spring, but to see signs of change with this pandemic. I do not know what life is going to look like six months from now, but I do have hope that even if we’re still wearing masks that life will be back to some semblance of normalcy.
While it’s disconcerting that the county had to join the regional stay-at-home order, I am proud of the School of Veterinary Medicine and university community for our excellent overall track record in preventing COVID-19 spread.
I know that this has been a stressful year in so many ways, yet we are seeing bright spots. We are past a contentious election that has been hard on many people. I thank everyone who participated in our democratic process and voted, and wish my congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The LNU Lightning Complex fires are more than 50 percent contained as I write this, and the latest evacuation orders have been downgraded to warnings. Upon learning of the regional fires, our school and veterinary hospital crisis management teams went into action. Although it isn’t over yet, I want to take this opportunity to provide my deep gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the fire response, including the hospital and VERT teams, communications and development teams, and anyone else involved.