Lincoln Memorial’s New Center Focuses on Animal Health in Appalachian Region

The center plans to host an annual conference on animal and public health issues beginning October 2015.

Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) has formed an animal health center in the Appalachian region. The Center for Animal Health in Appalachia, located at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Harrogate, Tenn., and Lee County, Va., will host an annual conference on animal and public health issues in Appalachia each October starting in 2015.

“Our veterinary school is devoted to the mission of improving animal and human healthcare in the Appalachian region,” said Glen Hoffsis, DVM, dean and vice president of Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. “The team we’ve assembled for [the center] will be instrumental in achieving this vital public mission.”

The center plans to fulfill its mission through the following initiatives:

  1. Host conferences, workshops and training programs.
  2. Provide veterinary students with the opportunity to earn a Rural Animal Practice Certificate, combining: a. in-house and hands-on training in mixed animal medicine, surgery, veterinary business practices and communications, b. public health training in one health, drawing in part on Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia resources including diagnostic laboratories and LMU-CVM facilities, c. clinical placements in private and public practices in Appalachia and d. focused training in mixed animal veterinary business practices.
  3. Hold community educational programs for Appalachian residents, farmers, veterinarians and others using LMU-CVM facilities and online.
  4. Help with public education and advocacy on animal health and public health issues affecting the Appalachian region.
  5. Research and support research funding related to Appalachian Animal Health and Public Health, including annual publication of the State of Animal Health in Appalachia.

The center will be led by its executive director and chief veterinary officer, Jason Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACT, and LMU-CVM’s One Health director Gary Vroegindewey.

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