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News Release

January 07, 2005

New dean of OVC named

After an extensive search, Dr. Elizabeth Arnold Stone has been appointed dean of the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She will become the first woman to head a veterinary school in Canada. Her five-year term begins June 1.

The announcement was made today by Prof. Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president (academic), who chaired the search committee.

“Dr. Stone is a highly regarded teacher, researcher and administrator, and I am extremely pleased that she is joining the University of Guelph as our 10th dean of OVC,” Mancuso said.

“She is known for being a passionate advocate for both students and faculty and for her contributions to veterinary medicine. This experience, coupled with her recognized accomplishments, makes her a terrific fit for OVC and U of G. I know the University community will join me in welcoming her to campus.”

Stone is currently a professor and head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at North Carolina State University. She has also been an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting research assistant professor at the Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center at the Temple University Medical School.

She received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis, and completed an internship, surgical residency and MS in physiology at the University of Georgia in 1980. She earned a master of public policy at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University in 1993.

“I am honoured and enthused about becoming the dean of the Ontario Veterinary College,” Stone said. “Located within a first-class university, OVC has achieved international recognition for its innovative approaches to student-centred learning, for exceptional care of animals, and for new discoveries to improve the health of animals and people. OVC is poised to be a global leader in exploring the benefits and challenges associated with the ever-increasing interactions among animals, humans and the environment. As the new dean, I look forward to making new friends and building partnerships within the college and the University and throughout the province.”

At North Carolina, Stone established a formal mentoring program and career workshops for faculty. She also expanded learning opportunities for veterinary students and for post-doctoral trainees, including establishing partnerships with a private specialty hospital and an emergency clinic, the county animal shelter and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

A veterinary urologist, Stone has published more than 100 papers, reviews and book chapters, and co-wrote a textbook. Her current research focuses on the neurophysiology of lower urinary tract syndromes.

She co-founded the Society for Veterinary Medicine and Literature, which supports the discussion of literature and arts in the field. She has also served as president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Stone received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. She was also the staff liaison for the Advisory Panel for Veterinary Medicine of the Pew Health Professions Commission.

Pathobiology professor Dr. Carlton Gyles will continue serving as interim dean until Stone arrives in June.

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