Vision for future of veterinary medicine school shared


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 21, 2014) – The School of Veterinary Medicine welcomed colleagues, old and new, to its 49th Annual Veterinary Symposium this week. The event began Wednesday and will conclude Saturday. 

Dr. Tsegaye Habtemariam, dean of the
College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing
and Allied Health.

A combination of a professional conference and alumni reunion, the symposium featured a number of large and small animal research presentations as well as discussions about perspectives in internships and residencies. Alums from the got a chance to catch up several events and share their experience with current students.

On Thursday, the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, Dr. Tsegaye Habtemariam, shared the progress and vision for veterinary medicine education at Tuskegee. He said the school has made great strides since it was established in 1944 by Tuskegee’s third president, Dr. Frederick D. Patterson. 

He said the school has increased class enrollment size from 60 to 70 and has 95 percent retention rate and a 93 percent graduation rate. He also said that more than $5 million has been invested in upgrading classrooms. Some of the added features include wireless technology and flat screens in every classroom. He named academic excellence, service and engagement in the Alabama Black Belt and abroad as chief concerns of the school. 

“We can become an international resource, so that the name of Tuskegee travels,” he said. 

He said funding is also needed to expand the school for the future, namely the new teaching hospital that is under construction. The complex for small and large animals will replace current clinical and teaching spaces spread out in several facilities. The new hospital will have space for clinical, office, teaching needs as well as include areas for surgery, radiology, anesthesiology, medical records and pharmacy.

“The new building is truly exciting. This new facility will allow us to recruit more students, faculty and staff as well as provide high quality clinical service,” Habtemariam said. 

Artist rendering of diagnostic pathology lab dedicated to the late Dr. Leonard H. Billups, who was an alum and director of Diagnostic Laboratory Services at Tuskegee University.

Audience at symposium. 

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