Strategic planning update


College Mission Statement:
The advancement of the health and welfare of animals, humans and the veterinary medical profession through world-class education, innovative research and state-of-the-art clinical services.”

Veterinary Academic BuildingBased on input from all of our key stakeholders, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine has set forth a strategic plan that takes into account our rich history and existing strengths, capitalizing on those as we build our future. Together, we’re moving forward toward our over-arching vision of preeminence in research, clinical services and education.

 A Leadership Philosophy

Although our philosophy is that this plan is live and evolving, our timeline for reaching significant, measurable progress is 24 months from when we began planning in the fall of 2013. Because of this, the college is in high-action mode with respect to faculty hiring and searches, facilities investments, and Top 10 initiatives involving areas such as One Health, Mucosal Immunology, and Neuroscience, with that list expected to grow.

As of early 2014, recent hires had been made in the areas of dermatology, clinical pathology, cardiology, integrative medicine, zoo medicine and toxicology. At that time, searches were underway in neurology, equine surgery, dairy health, anatomy, neurophysiology, ophthalmology, pathology, radiation oncology and radiology.

We already had made investments in facilities, including a new education center and computer laboratory, diagnostic laboratories and a new equine sports performance complex. Our first wave investments started in early 2014, including an advanced clinical techniques laboratory, simulation equipment and models, new research laboratory space, renovation of existing research laboratories and research equipment upgrades.

Other factors influencing our planning and our timeframe are an upcoming accreditation site visit by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education in the fall of 2015; an ever-changing market for veterinarians and veterinary medical services; and a challenging research environment.

We have reaffirmed our core values, which impact every decision we make. Those values include:
• Excellence
• Trust
• Accountability
• Innovation
• Teamwork
• Integrity
• Diversity

Dr. Isaza and studentBased on wide-reaching stakeholder input, the college has identified a number of strategic priorities that cut across the three dimensions of our mission. These include:
• Core culture –building collegiality
• Promotion and tenure guidelines
• Leadership development
• International programs
• Enhancing diversity and inclusion
• Faculty development
• Administrative structure
• Preeminent faculty hires
• External engagement
• Communication

Within the key mission areas of research, clinical services and education, the college has defined additional specific elements of strategic priority. Those elements are included under their respective categories.

Preeminence in Research:
• Enhance success of current faculty

  1. Laboratory renovations
  2. Equipment upgrades
  3. Internal grants
  4. Trainee stipends
  5. Support for grant submissions
  6. Faculty development and mentoring

• Graduate program review
• External funding (training grants)
• Expand available research space
• Campus-wide preeminence initiatives

Preeminence in Clinical Service:
• Leading reputation in specialty services

  1. Invest in clinical facilities and equipment
  2. Scholarship in clinical trials
  3. Increasing clinical trials
  4. AAVLD accreditation

• Improved operational model

  1. RDVM communications
  2. Enhance clinical efficiency and customer service
  3. Enhance communications skills for students

• Maximize student learning opportunities

  1. Innovative clinical teaching models
  2. Sustain and enhance caseloads

• Invest in people

  1. Work-life balance
  2. Faculty and staff development

Preeminence in Education:
• Curriculum review, revision
• Accreditation
•Scholarship in teaching
• Technology in the classroom
• Clinical techniques lab with staff and equipment
• Problem-based learning
•Evidence-based teaching (outcomes assessment)
• Student environment
• Student well-being and counseling
• Review admissions policies and pre-vet curriculum
• Faculty development
• Financial education and student debt

 Next Steps:

Our next steps will involve development of implementation plans and working groups in four dimensions:
• Cross-cutting issues
• Research
• Clinical service
• Education

“Ultimately, we will establish specific metrics to clearly demonstrate our progress,” said the college’s dean, Dr. Jim Lloyd. “As we move forward together, we will actively communicate with our internal and external stakeholder groups to obtain feedback and ongoing support. And together, we’ll achieve preeminence.”

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June 2014

Veterinary Academic Building

Strategic planning update

The college has developed a live, evolving strategic plan to guide its future growth.

Graduate selfie

Class of 2014 graduates tip tassels to left

The Class of 2014 recently celebrated completion of four years of veterinary school.

Students performing exam on horse

Equine program benefits veterinary, undergraduate students

A collaborative program between the UF CVM and IFAS helps students with interests in the equine industry.

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