A Message from the Dean
This past year has been full of change and progress. In the following pages, we showcase that progress through the lens of the college’s strategic plan, which we officially launched last year. We organized our goals in the following six initiatives:
- Educational Innovation and Career Readiness
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Transformative Research
- Advances in Animal, Human and Ecosystem Health
- Health Begins Here
- Strengthening our Foundation
It is exciting to see the momentum we have made in each of these arenas; we have organized this report so that you can review progress in each initiative.
We are working to keep the veterinary profession accessible — we have raised $2.38 million in scholarship funds in fiscal year 2019 alone. We continue to arm the next generation of veterinarians with skills to prevent disease and treat sick or injured animals of every kind. We completed our D.V.M. competency framework to ensure that our curriculum keeps those skills and knowledge as sharp and practical as ever.
We have also taken steps to ensure our students are able to lead, manage and work effectively in businesses, non-profits and other organizations through the launch of the Center for Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship, which will equip our graduates to innovate solutions to pressing problems in the field.
Our work in the foundational sciences continues to thrive; our academic departments were awarded over $33 million in grant funding this year, advancing the next generation of life-saving therapies and knowledge for both humans and animals. We are ensuring that our clinical care adheres to best practices, adopting new workflow technologies to improve patient outcomes and client experiences, while serving an annual caseload that increases each year.
Our focus on practical, One Health approaches are making a difference in preserving wildlife and the ecosystems they depend on. Cornell Wildlife Health, a College of Veterinary Medicine center of excellence, has sent faculty and students across the globe to study wildlife health issues, such as avian malaria and tiger distemper.
Our commitment to a culture that promotes wellness and resilience aims to allow every person to have a balanced life and do their best work. We have integrated wellbeing skills into D.V.M. curriculum, and instituted a popular monthly wellbeing speaker series for all CVM members.
Our dedication to sustainability has decreased our carbon footprint year by year, improving efficiencies and investing in facilities enable excellent teaching, research and care while decreasing our energy use. Indeed, our utility bill has dropped by nearly 1.5 million in the last five years.
As we reflect on the accomplishments from the past year, I hope you are inspired, as I am, by the potential for continued impact of the college’s programs on bettering our own community and the greater world. With your help, I am certain it will.
Lorin D. Warnick, D.V.M., Ph.D.'94
Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine