Impact 2021: An update on college strategic priorities

Undergraduate Education​​​​​​: ​​​​​​​​Pioneer innovative approaches to educating undergraduate students in biomedical health sciences.

The new undergraduate Biomedical Sciences major with concentrations (Anatomy and Physiology; Environmental Health; Microbiology and Infectious Disease) launched in the fall of 2020.

Additional objectives include: Accept every academically qualified student to the college in line with Colorado State University’s land-grant mission; develop outreach efforts to engage and inspire K-16 students and educator; and construct a state-of-the-art facility to horizontally and vertically integrate the educational mission of the college that engages undergraduate, graduate, DVM students, and research.

Medical School: Create a human medical education program in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine.​​​​​​​

The first cohort of 11 third-year medical students arrived in the summer of 2020. The first four-year cohort of 12 students will matriculate in August 2021. The Fort Collins branch is based on the fourth floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center, and clinical rotations occur throughout northern Colorado.

Objectives include: Frame health care broadly instilling in our medical students a comprehensive view of our impact on society, considering not just the patient but also the population and the planet; foster and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion with faculty appointments, in the student body, and model respect in the way we treat patients and colleagues; and integrate medical school activities into the broader mission of CVMBS to improve the health of animals, people, and the planet.

D.V.M. ProgramAdapt the D.V.M. Program and space to facilitate student-directed discovery and collaboration.

The applicant pool increased by 40% in 2020, with more than 3,500 applications. Curriculum revisions are underway, and program planning has begun for the new Veterinary Education Center and Primary Care Clinic. The new facility will allow us to increase class size, and move second-year D.V.M. classes to the South Campus.

Objectives: Optimize D.V.M. curricular content and delivery, expand experiential learning, and equip faculty to produce career-ready veterinarians; develop a culture of emotional wellbeing and equip students for postgraduate fulfillment; reduce the debt-to-income ratio of D.V.M. alumni; diversify and increase career opportunities; and develop recruitment, admission, and retention of diverse student populations that will successfully complete the DVM program and actively contribute to the needs of the veterinary profession.

Research and Graduate EducationEnhance and align research and graduate education.

Objectives: Construct a state-of-the-art facility to horizontally and vertically integrate the educational mission of the college that engages undergraduate, graduate, veterinary students, and research; modernize aging research infrastructure resulting in safe, efficient, highly productive cutting-edge research workspace; and invest in the College research enterprise to optimize research programs and support emerging areas.

Veterinary Health SystemDevelop a comprehensive and inclusive system of care.

The Veterinary Health System (VHS) is the business enterprise within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. It includes clinical and diagnostic services, continuing education programs and client-centered health services. The VHS administers accounting and resources in support of the expertise, equipment and spaces necessary to provide service to internal and external clients.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Build a diverse and inclusive community with equitable pathways to success for all.

An active, dedicated committee has raised the profile of the importance of diversity efforts in the College. The volunteer group sponsored trainings, promoted scholarships, and created an anti-racism toolkit for students and employees. Now a strategic priority, the first objective is to create and hire a senior leadership position that will oversee and transform diversity, equity, and inclusion within the College. The search for an assistant dean to lead these efforts is underway.