Office of the Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Dean Peter ConstableFROM THE DEAN

Last month I had the privilege of representing Illinois at the annual conference of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. Held just outside the nation’s capital, the meeting combined sessions focusing on “one health” initiatives in veterinary education with the opportunity to visit elected officials and highlight the veterinary profession’s contributions. For our college, the meeting was a chance to showcase our strengths. Dr. Jack Herrmann, veterinary clinical medicine, was honored with the 2014 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award. Both he and Dr. Duncan Ferguson, head of the Department of Comparative Biosciences, gave presentations. In 2004, Dr. Herrmann served as an AVMA fellow in Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) office, advising on public health and agricultural issues. He joined our faculty the following year and has built one of the country’s largest DVM/MPH programs. A 2012 graduate of that program, Dr. Kate Varela, is, fittingly, following in Dr. Herrmann’s footsteps and is the current AVMA fellow in Sen. Durbin’s office. —Peter