A message from the dean
These are unprecedented times for the College of Veterinary Medicine. We have an ongoing opportunity and responsibility to address the expansion of the regional veterinary workforce and research needs as determined by our college’s master planning process, the university’s “Vision 2025” initiative to be a top 50 public research university and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s goal to grow the Kansas animal health industry. Part of our plan to address these opportunities is through an initiative called “People, Programs and Places.”
The “People” initiative will allow us to attract and retain top-notch faculty who will invigorate comparative biomedical and infectious disease research efforts, resulting in more effective, research-based diagnostic testing and remedies for animal and human diseases. We intend to strengthen our college’s research engine to leverage state funds and bring extramural resources, such as grants and contracts from places like the NIH, USDA and various foundations.
The “Programs” initiative will allow us to continue to serve the veterinary profession, just as we have for more than 100 years and to take a giant leap forward. We want to graduate the very best practicing veterinarians possible and develop cutting-edge programs such as our Veterinary Training Program for Rural Kansas (VTPRK), and increase the number of researchers and diagnosticians to meet specific state and national needs for veterinary medicine in rural America. This will also include preparing graduates to work at incoming federal labs, nearby animal health companies and our own university. We want to train comparative biomedical scientists through combined DVM/MPH and DVM/PhD programs, along with traditional graduate programs, to supply the next generation of researchers and diagnosticians for this country and this world.
The “Places” initiative is right here at Kansas State University, utilizing both the Manhattan campus and K-State Olathe. This will require renovating existing space in Manhattan into modern, space-efficient offices and laboratories for diagnostics, research and education. We will also continue to seek ways to expand our clinical training programs, much like we have done with our satellite, small animal specialty hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
To meet these challenges, we will work as a team — our faculty, staff and students along with you, our faithful alumni and friends. Knowing that we have living and practicing veterinarians in all 50 states and in 14 countries, we fully intend to do what we have done in our first 100 years — produce the very best veterinary graduates possible, create new knowledge and provide excellent service and outreach to our constituents.
We must support our veterinarians-in-training
In an era of rising tuition costs and increased competition for students, scholarships are more important than ever. Scholarship funds help meet one of our highest priorities — the vital need to encourage the best and the brightest students to achieve their full potential.
We must continue to recruit and retain the best faculty
One of the greatest areas of challenge in the veterinary profession is the unprecedented number of specialists going into private practice. We must be competitive and creative in finding new resources to recruit and retain excellent faculty. Named professorships and endowed chairs are effective ways of recognizing faculty excellence.
We must take the next step
We continue to address challenges to enhance faculty salaries, reduce student debt through scholarships and assure a strong, relevant core curriculum while providing excellent clinical and diagnostic service.
We invite you to be a part of the future by providing job opportunities for our graduates, contributing to our fundraising efforts, participating in alumni activities and coming “home” to visit whenever you can.