New Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital director chosen


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 5, 2014) – Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health (CVMNAH), recently appointed David McKenzie as the new director of the Tuskegee University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. McKenzie is also an associate professor of large animal medicine and surgery in the clinical sciences department.

Ground was broken on the Tuskegee University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital on March 20, 2013. The proposed complex for small and large animals will replace current clinical and teaching spaces. The hospital will have space for clinical, office, and teaching needs as well as include areas for surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, medical records and pharmacy.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and now a naturalized American citizen, McKenzie is an alumnus of Tuskegee University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science (1988), doctorate degree in veterinary medicine (1990), and a master’s degree in veterinary science (1996).
He is board certified in large animal internal medicine from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

McKenzie practiced veterinary medicine in Macon, Ga., before accepting a large animal internship at Oklahoma State University. He also did a large animal residency at the University of Wisconsin. McKenzie also earned a master’s degree in public health specializing in epidemiology/international health from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2004 and a doctorate degree in health education also from UAB in 2012.

McKenzie has served on various committees and has a special interest in international veterinary medicine. He served as the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates coordinator for Tuskegee’s School of Veterinary Medicine since 1999. Since 2010, he has been on committees for collaborations with Ghanaian veterinary schools. He also served as a visiting professor in Antigua in 2011. In 2012, he was appointed to serve on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s ECFVG.

“I am passionate about teaching, advising and mentoring students and I am honored to serve as the new director of the VMTH,” McKenzie said.

“I hope to help continue to move the teaching hospital forward to make sure our students are well trained to compete globally upon their completion of the veterinary medical curriculum here at Tuskegee University.”

“We are delighted to have the addition of Dr. David McKenzie to the CVMNAH administration team. His international background in veterinary medicine is an asset that the teaching hospital can build upon to help our students be ready to follow their ambitions in clinical practice as well,” said Habtemariam, dean.

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