Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine is a collection of 205 short stories that first appeared as blog postings periodically between April 2013 and September 2015. They cover many facets of the veterinary profession particularly related to veterinary education and leadership from a historical point of view and show how the past and future of veterinary medicine are aligned.

As featured author, Dr. Donald F. Smith has explored a variety of current topics, such as the leadership role of women within the profession, development of veterinary colleges, diversity, and student education, background and training of deans, the re-emergence of the concept of “One Health” – the way in which animals enhance the human condition – and more.

Dr. Smith created a sister collection, An Enduring Veterinary Legacy, that includes oral interviews conducted between 2007 and 2010.

For further description, Introduction and story lists, see:

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  • Franklin M. Loew, DVM '65: Visionary and Builder in Massachusetts 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-09-03)
    A member of the Cornell class of 1963, Dean Franklin M. Loew was a driving force and builder of veterinary medicine at Tufts University in New England. That new school was established in the 1970s with a vision of One Health.
  • Who Educated Our First Veterinary Deans? 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-09-21)
    The lineage and education of some of the first deans of veterinary medicine in the United States are traced. The educational legacy of Andrew Smith at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada and Iowa State University are noted.
  • Veterinary Dean Elizabeth Stone Completes Ten Years at the University of Guelph 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-05-29)
    When Dr. Elizabeth Stone was recruited from the University of Georgia in 2005 to serve as dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, she became veterinary medicine’s first woman dean of an accredited veterinary college in the ...
  • Leadership Workshop at the 2015 Boston AVMA Convention 

    Smith, Donald F.; Kumble, Julie (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-05-15)
    Information is given about how to enroll in the Women’s Leadership Development Workshop being held at the 2015 AVMA Convention in Boston on July 10, 2015.
  • A First-Year Veterinary Student Meets her Mentor during Spring Break 

    Lavin, Natasja (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-05-01)
    First-year Cornell veterinary student Natasja Lavin describes her travels to Arizona to participate in the Rural Area Veterinary Service (RAVS) program and work with her mentor, Dr. Robert McKee.
  • Are there more Creative Options for Diversifying Academic Leadership? 

    Smith, Donald F.; Kumble, Julie (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-03-30)
    Several ways to increase diversity in academic leadership positions are suggested. This might include limiting terms for deans, department chairs and others to 4-5 year terms renewable once and changing those job descriptions ...
  • Oregon State Appoints Dr. Susan Tornquist as Dean 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-03-26)
    When Dr. Susan Tornquist became the first female dean of Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she also became the eighth woman to serve as dean or interim dean of a United States veterinary college.
  • The AAVMC is Turning Fifty Years 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-03-24)
    As the AAVMC turns 50 years old in 2016, the internationalization of veterinary colleges becomes apparent as membership expands beyond the United States and Canada.
  • Cornell Student Chapter of the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative Wins Prestigious Cook Award for 2015 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-03-19)
    In March, 2015, the student chapter of WVLDI at Cornell won a prestigious university award for leadership. The Alice H. Cook & Constance E. Cook Award was given to a distinguished group of ten faculty and students “who ...
  • Proportion of Ross and St. George's Universities DVM Graduates in the United States during the last 30 Years 

    Smith, Donald F. (Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015-03-18)
    Most Ross and St. George’s Universities' DVM graduates reside in the most populated states in the United States. The proportion of AVMA-member Caribbean graduates is compared to the total AVMA-member veterinary workforce.

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