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CVM Interim Dean Carolyn Henry's statement regarding the Theriogenology Service

Thursday, August 24, 2017  
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Dear Colleagues:


I would like to express my thanks for the support you have provided as I transition to my new role as interim dean for the MU CVM. I look forward to working with you to continue and accelerate the positive momentum of our college. I encourage you to share with me your ideas and vision for our college, MU and our profession.


As you are aware, the university has experienced declining enrollment for the past two years. Coupled with cuts in state funding, this has led to a requirement that all units across campus reduce their spending. The CVM was directed to cut its FY18 budget by $2.4 million from FY17 levels. Further, we were directed to identify strategic vertical cuts in contrast to across-the-board reductions.


Dean Olson, working with department chairs and other administrators, identified a number of spending cuts to meet the mandated 12 percent reduction. A proposal was submitted to the UM system president and MU chancellor outlining the CVM budget plan. One component of the plan involved eliminating the Theriogenology Service as a separate section beginning September 2019. Required didactic and clinical teaching in theriogenology would continue for DVM students. However, animal reproductive services would have been curtailed.


After a careful review of the CVM’s anticipated income and expenses, I have made the decision to continue the Theriogenology Service and retain the theriogenology faculty and staff.

As a land grant institution, the University of Missouri has a responsibility to the people of our state, and especially to Missouri’s agricultural interests. The potential negative impact on Missouri’s livestock industry, which relies on our clinicians to assist with production, embryo transfer and artificial insemination, outweighs any cost savings.


At Mizzou we are fortunate to have two board-certified specialists in theriogenology: Dr. Dawna Voelkl and Dr. Dietrich Volkmann. They work closely with veterinarians and producers, providing valuable consulting services to help manage reproduction, resolve reproductive problems and investigate poor reproductive performance. Further, the unique collection of reproductive biology expertise assembled at our campus creates opportunities for collaboration between schools and colleges that will advance graduate training and research, expand training for veterinary, animal science and biological sciences students and enhance reproductive services.


The requirement that we reduce our budget by 12 percent has not changed. For the current fiscal year, much of the savings will come from leaving vacant positions unfilled. I realize this can create additional pressure on our faculty and staff as we strive to continue providing the same excellence in teaching, healing and service, but with fewer people, and I appreciate your dedication and commitment to our students and clients.

Moving forward we will continue to identify strategic cost savings while vigorously pursuing opportunities to expand services and increase revenue.





Carolyn J. Henry, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Interim Dean

Professor of Oncology

Mizzou Advantage Facilitator ― One Health/One Medicine


College of Veterinary Medicine

W203 Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, MO 65211

Phone: 573-882-3768


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