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New Department Head Takes the Reins

(Knoxville, TN) --  The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) welcomes David Anderson, DVM, DACVS, as Department Head of Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department.

(Dr. David Anderson with a recent patient)

UTCVM dean Dr. Jim Thompson says Anderson will be a great leader of the college's existing and future large animal programs. "We have gained an individual with strong integrity, deep commitments to agriculture, animals and people, and a clinician who is exceptionally talented and skilled as a surgeon and researcher," says Thompson. 

Anderson says throughout his career he has had a feeling of being a southerner on his travels home; it was just a long loop back to the south. Anderson, who previously served as Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Practices at Kansas State University, was raised in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. After earning a BS in Animal Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University, he completed a rotating Internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia followed by a Residency in Food Animal Medicine, Surgery, and Reproduction at Kansas State University. During his tenure as Head of Food Animal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he founded and directed the International Camelid Institute.

Anderson says UT is an attractive place to be,"I've always had a tremendous amount of respect for UT, looking at the program and at what people have done over years with admiration." He compares the atmosphere at UTCVM to that of a family. "This is an open, transparent environment built on honesty and integrity; a place where people want to get to work and are excited about work."

With the 85,000 sq. ft. expansion of its Equine and Farm Animal Hospitals, Anderson says UT has made a commitment to not only define excellence and innovation, but also to bolster the educational opportunities for students pursuing rural practice and for regional large animal veterinarians. He anticipates maintaining a strong relationship with practitioners. We will continue to foster an atmosphere of collaborators sharing the mission of providing excellent care for animals which will enable us to stay on the leading edge of meeting the needs of the practicing community.

Anderson looks forward to expanding the colleges role in agriculture throughout the state. "The relationship we have with the animal industries in Tennessee is vital. It is imperative we stay in tune with their driving forces so we can better respond to their needs."

Anderson's wife, Dr. Lane Anderson, has joined Small Animal Clinical Sciences as an instructor.  A Raleigh, North Carolina native, the two met while in veterinary school at NCSU. The Andersons and their two sons live in Knoxville.



Posted: 10-24-12 Viewed: 33126 times

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Sandra Harbison
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