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MVMA Position on Therio at the College

Thursday, July 27, 2017  
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Hello fellow MVMA members and friends. Many of you have heard of the recent announcement regarding the theriogenology department and mandated budget cuts at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.


For those of you that have not, I will provide a brief summary. On June 6th, 2017 Dean Neil Olson sent a letter updating all of the CVM community of the budget shortfalls and mandated cuts in spending. He explained that due to this funding crisis he was forced to make difficult decisions and had elected (and gained approval from UM system leadership) to cut the theriogenology section. This would be done slowly so as to still meet block requirements of current 3rd/4th year students but would start transitioning some of the responsibilities to other blocks, eliminate some services, and eliminate the theriogenology teaching positions effective August of 2019.


This, understandably, was met with disappointment by many. Others, however, understand that cuts had to be made and accepted the decision. Your MVMA leadership elected to voice our opposition to the decision and have been working with the university leadership, encouraging alternative approaches. As most know, Dr. Olson has announced his resignation and has accepted the dean’s position at St. George’s Veterinary School in Grenada. Dr. Carolyn Henry has been named interim dean for the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and will start her new role August 1st.


After input from the MVMA Board of Governors, I submitted a letter on MVMA’s behalf to the University of Missouri Provost and the College’s decision makers. Click HERE to view that letter. We have had very good conversations with the College of Veterinary Medicine’s future leadership team. We feel optimistic that Dr. Henry and other decision makers at the university will see the value and rich tradition of the theriogenology section, as well as what an essential learning tool theriogenology is teaching our future veterinarians. If you feel we have spoken for the MVMA as a whole in error, please let us know. Also, while it may not be necessary based on the feedback we are receiving, you can feel free to share your opinions directly with the College of Veterinary Medicine as well. You can contact them at:


Thank you for what you do every day, and know that the MVMA is working hard to protect your livelihood and profession.


Cliff Miller, DVM
MVMA President

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