Dramatic changes are currently underway in the Department of Animal Sciences. The following is an excerpt from a UA press release.
The faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences and Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology have unanimously voted in favor of the creation of a School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences.
The school is dedicated to the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge in the animal, microbiological and veterinary sciences – an entity that builds on the strengths of the existing departments.
The new school is expected to provide improved degree opportunities as well as greater opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the growing fields of animal production, food safety, integrated biomedicine and bioinformatics, among others.
Given the growth in biotechnology, the animal industries and veterinary medicine, particularly in Arizona, students need an education that lets them gain hands-on experience in the lab and in the field to prepare them to take better advantage of traditional and new, expanding job markets.
The new school is the likely home of the proposed Arizona Veterinary Medical Education program.
Given the magnitude of the upcoming changes, new committees have been formed and are working toward the successful integration of the two departments and their diverse educational interests. Curriculum and assessment activities for the new school are currently in the developmental stage.
The official “ribbon cutting” ceremony for the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences is March 28, 2013.