Dean Mark Stetter will give keynote address at West Indies Veterinary Conference

Dr. Mark Stetter, green shirt, speaking into microphone
Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dean Mark Stetter will speak at the West Indies Veterinary Conference. (William A. Cotton/CSU Photography)

Dr. Mark Stetter, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will give the keynote address at the West Indies Veterinary Conference, Nov. 6 in St. Kitts, West Indies.

Hosted by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, the conference will discuss new findings in veterinary wellness, best practices in veterinary medicine, and an overview of technologies that are transforming veterinary practice. Approximately 150 veterinary professionals are expected to attend the annual week-long conference, which offers continuing education lectures on small animals, pocket pets, exotics, equine medicine, and wellness.

Stetter’s speech, “From Disney to Dean: How to thrive in the veterinary profession,” will cover his career from earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1988, to becoming director of animal programs for the Walt Disney Company.

“I believe we are at a critical juncture and we must work together to solve the challenges ahead. We must look to positive solutions and share knowledge on ways we can improve the collective well-being of both animals and humans,” said Stetter.

Stetter completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York, and served as associate veterinarian at the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. He completed a residency in zoological medicine at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society and joined Disney as a staff veterinarian in 1997. He became dean of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2012.

He is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine, and served as president of that organization. He is a recent member of the Wildlife Scientific Advisory Board for the Morris Animal Foundation, and founded the Elephant Population Management Program.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Founded in 1982 in St. Kitts, West Indies, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine offers seven semesters of preclinical course work, followed by three semesters of clinical training at affiliated American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited schools, including CSU.  After completing their clinical training, students are eligible to apply and test for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. Ross is a member of Adtalem Global Education, a global education provider headquartered in the United States.