MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN I’m delighted to share with you this special edition of TRACKS magazine, part of our continuing efforts to engage and inform friends of the college. As 2018 comes to a close and we reflect on our accomplishments, we are mindful of the wide community of supporters—students, faculty, staff, alumni, hospital clients, and friends—who have contributed to our success this year. This issue includes a section focusing on some of those friends and faculty who have made a significant impact on our students and our programs—from lessening the burden of student debt to providing support that enables the growth of our clinical research and compassionate care programs. In other stories, we focus on how our college is advancing research and scholarship in translational medicine and comparative health sciences—from basic research in infectious diseases to groundbreaking clinical trials battling cancer in pets and people. The Department of Population Health Sciences had many significant achievements this past year. The Master of Public Health program was reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In addition, a new Bachelor of Science degree in public health was approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and accredited by CEPH. This new program will bring undergraduate students into the college for the first time. The Public Health program is central to our One Health focus with the aim of improving health for animals, humans, and the environment. Gregory B. Daniel, Interim Dean
Significant enhancements to our cancer research and service programs are underway with the college’s Comparative Oncology Research Center (CORC) under construction in Roanoke. Scheduled to begin seeing patients in spring 2020, the center will be housed in the Virginia Tech Carilion (VTC) Biomedical Research Addition on the VTC Health Sciences and Technology Campus. The clinic’s unique co-location alongside human clinicians and researchers will allow CORC specialists and technicians to employ a true One Health approach—recognizing the linkages between animal, human, and environmental health—to cancer care and research. In collaboration with colleagues across a broad range of disciplines, the college is creating solutions and training future leaders to address the health challenges facing society now and in the future. We thank the members of our college family for their support and contributions to the college’s strong track record in our core missions of teaching, research, and service. Here’s to a new year of building on these successes.
FALL / WINTER 2018
Magazine of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine