HUMAN ANIMAL BOND RESEARCH INITIATIVE (HABRI) AWARDS GRANT TO LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Awards Grant to Lincoln Memorial University

New Study to Explore the Connection Between Human and Pet Health

(Washington, D.C.) November 28, 2016 – The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) announced today it has awarded a $27,000 grant to Lincoln Memorial University, for a study titled, Measuring the Impact of a Mutually Reinforcing Relationship Between Pet Owners and Their Pets. This research project will analyze data collected via a series of public health fairs and develop a general model of health and wellness behavior to examine the relationship between the health of humans and their pets and whether patterns of health and health-associated behaviors are similar. It is anticipated that the model will help determine that pets share the same health benefits and risks as their owners.

 

“Healthy pets make healthy people,” said HABRI Executive Director Steve Feldman. “Lincoln Memorial University can help us establish this important connection so that the human-animal bond is universally accepted as an essential element of human wellness.”

 

The one-year pilot study will aim to obtain data sufficient to describe the current state of health and health associated behaviors in pet owner-pet pairs in the Cumberland Gap Region (CGR) of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Health metric data including body weight, heart rate, blood pressure and height will be collected for 300 human subjects and their pet dogs or cats through conducting a series of public health fairs, which will be held in 2017. The investigators seek to use the data to formulate a general model of health and health associated behavior.

 

“Few studies have simultaneously investigated the health and health promoting behaviors of owners and pets,” said principal investigator Dr. Charles Faulkner, Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. “We believe the model developed in this study will help provide evidence that the relationship between humans and companion animals mutually reinforces their health and quality of life. This is especially important in a geographic region where residents rank at the bottom in health outcomes for heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and lack of physical activity.”

 

The HABRI Foundation maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; to date has funded more than $750,000 dollars in innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information about the HABRI Foundation, visit www.habri.org.

 

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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THE KAITLYN DEVRIES CVM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

LMU-CVM Student Government Association and the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association with the support of Dean Jason Johnson and LMU-CVM administration have established the Kaitlyn DeVries CVM Memorial Scholarship to ensure DeVries’ legacy lives on at the school. Contributions to the scholarship may be made online at http://alumni.LMUnet.edu/kaitlyn or by contacting University Advancement at 423.869.6250.

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LMU-CVM UK PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED AT AVMA GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT

LMU-CVM PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED AT AVMA GLOBAL HEALTH SUMMIT

 

Harrogate, Tennessee, September 7, 2016 – Dr. Craig Carter, adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), was awarded the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) XII International Veterinary Congress Prize which recognizes an AVMA member who has contributed to international understanding of veterinary medicine.  The award was presented by Dr. Rene Carlson, president of the World Veterinary Association during the AVMA Annual Convention as part of the AVMA Global Health Summit held August 5-9, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas.

Carter is the director of the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and a professor of epidemiology in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also an adjunct professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. Over his 35 year career, he has led projects in diagnostic laboratory capacity building, continuing veterinary medical education, public health and epidemiology on several continents in both military and civilian roles. His current research focus is the epidemiology of infectious diseases and electronic monitoring of animal health.

 

Carter’s active and reserve military career spans four decades in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, retiring as a colonel in 2009.  Carter received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1981, a Master of Science in epidemiology in 1985, and his Ph.D. in veterinary public health in 1993, all from Texas A&M University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and a distinguished scholar of the National Academies of Practice.  In 2015, he assumed the role as President of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society.
Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu

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JOHN DASCANIO APPOINTED EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DEAN OF LMU-CVM

Dr. John Dascanio Appointed Executive Associate Dean of LMU-CVM

Harrogate, Tennessee – Dr. John Dascanio, professor of theriogenology at Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has been appointed executive associate dean of LMU-CVM. Dascanio assumed his new role on July 1, 2016.

“It is an exciting time at Lincoln Memorial University as we experience the development and growth of one of the newest vet schools in the nation,” said Dascanio. “I have been fortunate to work with excellent educators to develop innovative curriculum utilizing the best in clinical skills training, and I look forward to continue advancing the efforts of LMU-CVM in my new role as executive associate dean.”

Dascanio joined Lincoln Memorial University as a professor of theriogenology and director of large animal clinical skills in August 2014. He has over 25 years of educational experience with veterinary colleges, over $500,000 in sponsored research, is the primary or co-author of over 40 peer reviewed articles, has authored over 70 book chapters and was co-editor of the textbook Equine Reproductive Procedures. Dascanio also received teaching awards from his time as a tenured associate professor at Virginia Tech. Dascanio has held several previous leadership roles which include president of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, executive board member of the American College of Theriogenologists and a board member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

“John Dascanio is seasoned clinician, a proven scientist, and a dynamic educator. He is a leading expert in equine Theriogenolgy, clinical skills teaching and in the development and validation of simulations. In his current role as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs he has performed with excellence,” LMU-CVM Dean Jason Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT said. “His passion for high quality outcomes based education is contagious, and I can think of no one more qualified to be the executive associate dean at LMU-CVM. He will continue to oversee academic integrity and foster innovation in the academic realms, while taking a central leadership role in the administration and future of LMU-CVM.”

Dascanio received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and completed his internship and residency at Cornell University. Subsequently, he became board certified with the American College of Theriogenologists and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine).

Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu

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LMU’S COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE AWARDS 17 SCHOLARSHIPS

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) held its first scholarship and awards ceremony on Monday, May 2, 2016. A total of $42,200 in scholarships were awarded to 17 veterinary medicine students.

 

Pictured left to right: Courtney Haviland, Stephanie Betbeze, Jessica Trubey, Kendra Harper, Rachel Boswell, Whitney Loftis, Matthew Heydenburg, Lindsey Kudlack, Carl Smola, Paul Riedel, Casey Skowron, Kelly Murphy, Hyo Pan, and Ana Weiland.

 

“We are proud to recognize these veterinary students for their academic excellence, proficiency in research, community service and leadership,” LMU-CVM Dean Dr. Glen Hoffsis said. “We hope that through these scholarships our students will be encouraged to continue striving to be leaders in the field of veterinary medicine.”

 

In meeting its mission to serve the health and wellness needs of people, animals and the environment in Appalachia and beyond, LMU-CVM handed out several awards to students from the Appalachian region. The Jim Whitt Annual CVM Scholarship was awarded to Cody Gibson of Dryden, Virginia, a first year veterinary medicine student, who is also a Virginia resident. The Drs. Jason W. Johnson and Jennifer T. Johnson Rural Appalachian Region Veterinary Scholarship was awarded to Paul Riedel of Waterford, Virginia, a first year student veterinary medicine student who is an Appalachian resident, and has the intention of returning to serve the Appalachian region upon graduation. The LMU-CVM Snider Whitaker Endowed Appalachian Scholarships were awarded to two first year veterinary students that are residents of the Appalachian region including Samuel Allie of Elizabethton, Tennessee and Kendra Harper of Isonville, Kentucky.

 

A total of 13 scholarships were given to both first and second year veterinary medicine students based on several factors including academics and proficiency, research, community service and leadership. These scholarships were awarded as follows:

 

  • The LMU-CVM Snider Whitaker Endowed Research Scholarship was awarded to Ana Weiland of Darlington, South Carolina, a first year student based on academics and proficiency in research.

 

  • The Glen Hoffsis Annual CVM Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Heydenburg of Grand Haven, Michigan, a first-year veterinary medicine student.

 

  • The Dr. Robert W. Henry Veterinary Anatomy Scholarship was awarded to two first year anatomy students including Courtney Haviland of Annapolis, Maryland and Whitney Loftis of Nashville, Tennessee.

 

  • The LMU-CVM Snider Whitaker Endowed Equine Scholarship was awarded to Jessica Trubey of Berrien Springs, Michigan, a first-year student based on academics and proficiency in Equine Medicine.

 

  • The LMU-CVM Snider Whitaker Endowed Food Animal Scholarship was awarded to Stephanie Betbeze of Birmingham, Alabama, a first-year student based on academics and proficiency in Food Animal Medicine.

 

  • The LMU-CVM Snider Whitaker Endowed Companion Animal Scholarship was awarded to Rachel Boswell of Longview, Texas, a first year student based on academics and proficiency in Companion Animal Medicine.

 

  • The Dr. Edwin Robertson Memorial CVM Scholarship was awarded to four LMU-CVM second year students based on academics, community service, and leadership. The students awarded were Kelly Murphy of Croton, New York, Lindsey Kudlack of Wellington, Florida, Hyo-Seon Pan of Charlottesville, Virginia and Casey Skowron of Salem, Ohio.

 

  • The LMU-CVM General Scholarship was awarded to two LMU-CVM second year students based on academics and leadership, from CVM faculty. The students awarded this scholarship were Christopher Smola of Auburn, Alabama and Kristin Sadler of Cullowhee, North Carolina.

 

Hoffsis added, “Supporting our students is a top priority. We are very grateful for every donor that gave generously to make these scholarships available. This is only the beginning. We hope to make even more scholarships available to veterinary students in the future.”

 

The Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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DR. JASON JOHNSON APPOINTED DEAN OF LMU-COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

JOHNSON APPOINTED DEAN OF LMU-COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Harrogate, Tennessee, May 20, 2016 – Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President B. James Dawson has named Dr. Jason Johnson as vice president and dean of the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM).

 

“Dr. Jason Johnson has been an integral part of the foundation of the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine, so it is fitting that the torch is passing to him,” Dawson said. “Wise and experienced well beyond his years, Jason has been recognized throughout the veterinary profession as a rising star with a firm handle on what the future of veterinary medicine education could look like. I am confident that under his leadership, the CVM will continue to thrive and LMU-trained veterinarians will improve animal and human health in Appalachia and beyond.”

 

Johnson will step into the role currently held by Dr. Glen Hoffsis, LMU-CVM’s founding dean. Hoffsis will continue working to ensure a smooth transition of leadership. He has also been tasked with working on fundraising and assisting with special projects. Hoffsis shaped LMU-CVM from its infancy, creating numerous innovative approaches to veterinary education, including a formal affiliation agreement with the University of Kentucky. Hoffsis instituted a hybrid distributive model of clinical education, developed a state of the art clinical skills campus including an innovative spay and neuter program and assembled a talented faculty and staff. Provisionally accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), LMU has two enrolled classes of veterinary students and will welcome a third in August.

 

“LMU was very fortunate that Dr. Glen Hoffsis brought his vision for changing veterinary education to Harrogate, Tennessee and Ewing, Virginia,” Dawson said. “As the nation’s only three time veterinary dean having served over 21 years, three and half of them here at LMU, he had a mountain of experience to draw on. Under his dynamic leadership LMU achieved many things that so many cautioned would never happen. Glen would probably argue with me and say that a college is never truly established, but this college is now on a solid foundation. It has provisional accreditation by the AVMA, a strong enrollment and facilities that rival virtually any other college of veterinary medicine. All of those things would not be possible without the contributions of Dr. Hoffsis.”

 

A founding faculty member, Johnson was promoted to associate dean of clinical sciences in October 2015. He also has served as an associate professor of theriogenology as well as the medical director of the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center (DVTC). While at LMU-CVM, Johnson developed a clinical skills course that is incorporated into every semester of the curriculum and is evaluated in high stakes, competency-based objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). He led the development, design, capital campaign, technology implementation and construction of over 100,000 square feet of facilities at the DVTC, as well as developed a grant acquisition plan procuring approximately six million dollars in construction and equipment grant funding for LMU-CVM. He has been responsible for all clinical faculty, technical and managerial staff, teaching equipment and animals. Johnson also serves as the executive director of the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA), which he founded. CAHA has a mission in economic research, animal and public health research, education, advocacy and promotion of veterinary practices in underserved areas.

 

Prior to joining the faculty at LMU, Johnson worked in private practice and served on the faculty of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, he was one of 10 veterinarians nationwide to be selected for the AVMA’s Future Leaders Program and was named to Veterinary Practice News’ “25 Vets to Watch in our 25th Year.” He serves in numerous leadership capacities within organized veterinary medicine including the AVMA House of Delegates, Legislative Advisory Committee, AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee and is a board member of the Theriogenology Foundation.

 

A native of Luverne, Alabama, Johnson is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists (the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with reproduction). Johnson completed a three-year residency at Auburn University in food animal theriogenology, earning a master’s degree. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Troy State University. Johnson and his wife, Dr. Jennifer T. Johnson, reside in Tazewell, Tennessee, with their son Elijah.

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LMU TO LAUNCH PET-FRIENDLY RESIDENCE HALL PILOT PROGRAM

Harrogate, Tennessee, May 4, 2016— Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will launch a pilot program allowing pets in two of its residence halls in July 2016.

“This is a tremendous privilege that we are excited to provide for graduate and professional students,” said Dr. Jonathan Leo, vice president for student and enrollment services. “LMU is joining a very small fraternity of institutions in higher education that recognize the benefits of animal companionship.”

The program will span two academic years and will allow graduate and professional students who reside in Mars Hall and Lee Hall to keep one pet per student. The pets are limited to dogs under 80 pounds, cats and small pets including rabbits, fish, small birds, ferrets, chinchillas, rats, hedgehogs, hamsters, sugar gliders, gerbils, guinea pigs, iguanas and bearded dragons.

Mars Hall and Lee Hall are located five minutes from LMU’s main campus in the town of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, adjacent to the University Inn Apartments. Each suite can house up to three students with a limit of three pets per suite. Mars and Lee are dedicated graduate and professional student housing. First priority for the pilot program will be reserved for students enrolled in the LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

Residents participating in the program will pay a registration fee of $150, which covers a veterinarian assessment during the registration process, a LMU pet ID tag and flea treatment for the buildings. Additionally, LMU will be providing a fenced-in area for pets to play off their leashes. Pets are expected to be on a leash in any other outdoor area on campus or around the residence halls.

During the pilot study, the University will review a number of factors including wear and tear on facilities, student and community feedback as well as the well-being of participants. At the conclusion of the study, the program could be expanded to other areas on campus or be made available to other populations.

LMU will become the first University in the state of Tennessee with Pet-Friendly housing. While some colleges and universities across the country allow fish and other small animals in their residence halls, very few have housing dedicated to students with animals.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

Caption: Lincoln Memorial University student Jessica Stegner and her furry friend Frodo are ready for a study break. Stenger, a biomedical professions master’s student, lives in the residence halls which will be part of LMU’s pilot pet friendly dorm policy.

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DR. LONNIE KING TO CHAIR CAHA ADVISORY BOARD

DR. LONNIE KING TO CHAIR CAHA ADVISORY BOARD

Harrogate, Tennessee April 22, 2016–The Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lonnie King, former dean of The Ohio State University–College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed chair of the CAHA Advisory Board.

Dr. Jason Johnson, CAHA executive director said, “Dr. Lonnie King’s vast experience in the field of veterinary medicine, animal agriculture and his expert knowledge in the One Health arena makes him the ideal leader to guide our team as we work to improve animal and public health issues in Appalachia and beyond. It is my belief that Dr. King’s experience and dynamic leadership will guide CAHA to envision the future of veterinary medicine and furthermore, spur us to develop education, research, outreach, advocacy, and new markets that ensure a bright future for veterinary medicine.”

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) formed CAHA at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM and CAHA also conduct research and administrative activities on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Created as a research, data-driven, practice-friendly and policy-oriented center, CAHA’s focus is on the unique challenges facing animal and public health in the 13-state Appalachian region.

Previously King served as dean for 10 years at Michigan State University following 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as both Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services and Administrator for the agency. While serving as the nation’s Chief Veterinary Officer, he worked extensively in global trade agreements and has testified before Congress on issues of emerging diseases and animal health.  A member of the National Academies of Science, King is also boarded by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Most recently he directed the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control, and currently serves as vice chair of the Obama Administration’s recently established Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. King received his bachelor’s degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in public administration from American University. An expert in “One Health” and the emergence of new diseases, he is a highly sought-after speaker regarding the convergence of human and animal health and the future of veterinary medicine. King was recognized as Ohio’s Veterinarian of the Year for 2015, and was recently appointed the director of OSU’s new Office of Innovation and Collaboration.

The mission of CAHA is to improve animal health and public health in the Appalachian region and beyond through five initiatives including:

  1. Conferences, workshops and training programs to raise awareness and advance knowledge of animal and public health issues;
  1. Development of an innovative Rural Practice curriculum, which will be offered to veterinary students from LMU-CVM and other schools;
  1. Community educational programs for Appalachian residents, farmers, veterinarians and others using the LMU-CVM facilities and online;
  1. Public education and advocacy on animal health and public health issues affecting the Appalachian region;
  1. Research and research-funding support related to Appalachian animal health and public health, including annual publication of the State of Animal Health in Appalachia Report.

 

For more information about the CAHA Conference visit http://vetmed.lmunet.edu/caha or email CAHA@LMUnet.edu.

 

Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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LMU-CVM Partners with Knox-Whitley Humane Association to Help Pets Find Homes

LMU-CVM PARTNERS WITH KNOX-WHITLEY HUMANE ASSOCIATION TO HELP PETS FIND HOMES

 

Harrogate, Tennessee, March 2, 2016 – Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) is partnering with Knox-Whitley Humane Association in Corbin, Kentucky, by providing food and care items as well as clinical services.

 

In accordance with its mission to serve underserved populations, LMU-CVM developed the Shelter Outreach in the Appalachia Region (SOAR) program to provide clinical services including medical care and spay or neuter services to animals in its state of the art facility located in Ewing, Virginia. The Knox-Whitley Humane Association is one of several local shelters to benefit from the program.

 

The student chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association at LMU-CVM initiated a collection of needed items for the shelter. In December, over 150 pounds of dog and cat food and numerous toys and blankets were collected to provide a more comfortable stay for an animal in the shelter.

 

“Partnering with organizations like the Knox-Whitley Humane Association is a win-win. Our students gain real-world experience while saving hundreds of lives of pets in our communities and helping reduce the overpopulation of animals in the region,” said LMU-CVM Dean Glen Hoffsis, D.V.M., M.S., D.A.C.V.I.M.

 

Knox-Whitley Humane Association is a non-profit organization that serves Knox, Whitley, McCreary, and Clay counties in Kentucky. The mission of the shelter is to place abandoned and relinquished animals into loving homes.  For more information about the Knox-Whitley Humane Association visit www.kwas.org.

 

The Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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JOHNSON APPOINTED ASSOCIATE DEAN OF CLINICAL SCIENCES AT LMU-CVM

Harrogate, Tennessee, February 4, 2016 – Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) is proud to announce that Dr. Jason Johnson, associate professor of theriogenology and medical director of the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center for Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine has been selected as the associate dean of clinical sciences for LMU-CVM. Johnson is also the executive director of the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA).

“Jason has an energy and enthusiasm for the field of veterinary medicine like no other,” said LMU-CVM Dean Glen Hoffsis, DVM, MS, DACVIM. “He is an outstanding administrator and his tireless work with the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia has helped establish LMU-CVM as a thought leader in veterinary medicine research and education.”

Johnson’s new position includes being the medical director of the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center with responsibilities for the operations of over 100,000 square-feet of facilities. He is also responsible for all clinical faculty, technical and managerial staff, teaching equipment and animals. Johnson will continue to serve in his role as executive director of CAHA, which has a mission in economic research, animal and public health research, and promotion of veterinary practices in underserved areas.

“We have an incredible team of leaders in the veterinary program at Lincoln Memorial University, and I am honored to be a part of it,” said Johnson. “Our inaugural class will soon begin clinical rotations, and as our program continues to grow, I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to help prepare our students for their careers in veterinary medicine, and to help advocate for animal health in Appalachia.”

 

In 2012, Johnson was one of 10 veterinarians nationwide to be selected for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Future Leaders Program and was named to Veterinary Practice News’s “25 Vets to Watch in our 25th Year.” Johnson is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. Johnson completed a three-year residency at Auburn University in food animal theriogenology, earning a master’s degree. Johnson is a native of Luverne, Alabama.

Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s Division of Health Sciences and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.

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