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College of Veterinary Medicine announces the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board

April 08, 2021

Contact: Anissa Riley, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. George Robinson, founder of Heartland Veterinary Partners

TUSKEGEE, Ala. –  Ruby L. Perry, DVM, Ph.D., DACVR- dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine announced the Chair of the Dean's Advisory Board during the college’s first virtual 55th Annual Veterinary Medical Symposium which was held March 17-19, 2021. 

There is a great value in having advisory boards to assist the dean in the strategic direction and carrying out the mission of the College.  The establishment of the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC) is a decision made by the dean to enhance the effectiveness of achieving the college’s goals.  The DAC consists of the Dean’s Advisory Board and the Dean’s Alumni Board and together will provide advice and guidance to the dean.  “I extend my appreciation to Dr. George Robinson who will serve as the Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board and Drs. Saralyn Smith-Carr and Lloyd Jarmon who will serve as Co-Chairs of the Dean’s Alumni Board,” Dr. Perry said. 

The College of Veterinary Medicine Dean's Advisory Board consists of leaders from business, industry, government, academia, alumni, and other stakeholders with the purpose of assisting the dean to meet the College’s mission by:

  • Supporting the efforts of the dean as consultants to the College’s strategic direction, vision, and decision-making for long-range planning.  
  • Providing collaborative expertise, various viewpoints, and valuable advice to the dean.
  • Advocating for the College as supporters and champions.
  • Engaging in and assisting with fundraising efforts.
  • Assisting with the enhancement of the College’s image, national prestige and sustaining its Legacy.

The Dean’s Advisory Board (DAB) will be led by George Robinson, DVM, MSPH. Dr. Robinson is the founder and former CEO of Heartland Veterinary Partners. Founded in 2016 and based in Chicago, IL, Heartland is one of the fastest-growing veterinary support organizations (VSO) in the United States, with over 150 veterinary hospitals throughout the Mid-American and Southern markets. The Company supports a network of over 300 general practice veterinarians who provide a range of animal health services to companion animals. Dr. Robinson is an active thought leader in the veterinary space and lends his expertise to many different professional facets. He received a DVM degree from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, a MSPH degree from Howard University School of Medicine, and a BS degree from Southern University.  

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Dean Perry and the members of the Dean’s Advisory Board. Lending expertise and insight is a significant way for me to contribute to the Tuskegee University CVM and the veterinary profession at large,” Dr. Robinson said.

Over the many years, prior deans at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (former School of Veterinary Medicine) have utilized advisory boards to assist with carrying out the strategic plan, vision, and mission, and their insight has been invaluable.  “Under the leadership of Dr. Robinson with his 30 plus years of veterinary practice and industry experience will bring a valuable perspective to the College with innovative and transformative members as entrepreneurial partners and advocates.  I look forward to the leadership and expertise of Dr. Robinson as well as the Dean’s Alumni Board co-chairs, who are both alumni in the Class of 1978, Dr. Saralyn Smith-Carr and Dr. Lloyd Jarmon,” Perry said.

About the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

Located in Alabama as one of the state’s two accredited veterinary programs, it was envisioned in 1944 by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and officially established at Tuskegee in 1945. It is the only veterinary medical professional program located on the campus of a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States. The College’s primary mission is to provide an environment that fosters a spirit of active, independent and self-directed learning, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, and leadership; and promotes teaching, research and service in veterinary medicine and related disciplines.  For more information, visit

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