Longtime OSU Vet Professor to Retire

Dr. Michael Lorenz, who has spent 46 years educating veterinarians, is set to retire from Oklahoma State University July 1.

Dr. Michael Lorenz will retire July 1 after educating veterinarians for 46 years.

Oklahoma State University

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Michael Lorenz, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (small animal), has spent the past 46 years educating veterinarians. On July 1, Dr. Lorenz will step into retirement.

Lorenz most recently served as Oklahoma State University Regents Service Professor of small animal internal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at OSU’s Veterinary Medical Hospital.

He began his career in veterinary medicine at OSU earning both his undergraduate degree and in 1969, his DVM degree. Lorenz completed his internship and residency at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and served on their faculty before going to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia where he taught from 1972 to 1988. In 1988, he transferred to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he served as dean from 1988 to 1994.

Lorenz returned to OSU in 1997 where served as the associate dean of academic affairs until 2001 when he became the interim dean. In 2004, he was named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine—the first alumnus to fill that position.

After serving as the interim dean and dean for 10 years, Lorenz stepped down in 2011 to focus on clinical work and teaching as he began the transition to retirement, according to OSU.

“Dr. Lorenz embodies the Cowboy spirit and is immensely loyal to his alma mater,” said Jean Sander, DVM, dean of the veterinary center. “His love of teaching and the veterinary profession have had a positive impact on the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.”

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