Stone Reappointed OVC Dean

July 20, 2009 - News Release

Prof. Elizabeth Stone has been reappointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Ontario Veterinary College. The appointment received final approval today from the Board of Governors.

Stone became the 10th dean of OVC, and the first woman to head a veterinary school in Canada, in 2005. Her reappointment takes effect in 2010.

“Elizabeth has shown tremendous leadership and vision since arriving at Guelph and has implemented a number of initiatives that will ensure the University remains a world leader in veterinary education, research and service,” said Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic). “I’m very pleased with her reappointment, and I thank the review committee for its efforts, as well as members of the college and campus community for their input and participation in the process.”

Stone’s achievements at OVC include spearheading the college’s integrated plan, the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, the Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation and a primary health-care initiative. This new vision for primary health care, education and service delivery attracted major public and private investments to create the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre. During her tenure, OVC also raised funds to endow the Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition. Stone continued the work begun by her predecessor, Alan Meek, to bring about major infrastructure improvements including a new Pathobiology/Animal Health Laboratory building, a large-animal isolation unit and major upgrades to the OVC Teaching Hospital. Under her leadership, the college received full accreditation from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association for the next seven years and developed a new master plan for the OVC complex.

Stone is committed to highlighting the role of veterinarians and the relevance of veterinary medicine in society. She launched a seminar series to raise awareness of OVC’s 150th anniversary in 2012 and created a course in veterinary medicine and literature to help students see their roles as veterinarians within broader cultural and emotional contexts.

“I’ve been privileged to be part of the U of G community and am delighted to have the opportunity to serve another term as dean of OVC,” Stone said. “Our accomplishments have come about because of the enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of our leadership team, faculty, staff and students, and the generous support of our alumni and friends. This is a special place, and I look forward to creating our future over the next five years.”

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