Dr. Dean Hendrickson, currently Director of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, will become the Associate Dean for Professional Veterinary Medicine in September. Dr. Hendrickson is replacing Dr. Peter Hellyer who will return to his faculty position in the Department of Clinical Sciences and clinical position in the Anesthesia and Pain Management Section of the hospital.
“I am really excited to have Dr Hendrickson assume this critical leadership role,” said Dr. Mark Stetter, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Dean is very passionate about maximizing the veterinary student experience and ensuring our programs will continue to lead the way in veterinary education. He has the leadership skills that will help us address the many challenges facing our students and profession.”
Dr. Hendrickson joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1994, coming to CSU from the University of Wisconsin. His practice and research specialties include minimally invasive surgery, wound care, and diseases of the horse’s foot. He also has had the opportunity to work on many mega-vertebrates including black and white rhinos, elephants, and hippopotami. He has traveled to Africa numerous times to teach and conduct surgical birth control targeted to African elephants in areas of overpopulation. Recently, Dr. Hendrickson has co-developed artificial tissues to help veterinary students learn surgical techniques. These tissues replicate the texture, feel, and “bleeding” that is associated with real animal organs and tissues.
A Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Dr. Hendrickson is a board-certified surgeon working primarily in equine surgery. He has previously led the Equine Hospital Section in addition to serving as interim director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital from December 2006 to July 2007; and again from June 2008 to October 2008, when he was named the permanent hospital director.
“From globalization to One Health, from the human-animal bond to a growing interest in sustainable animal husbandry, veterinary medicine is a profession that is ripe with possibility and innovation,” said Dr. Hendrickson. “I see my role as helping to continue to shape our program so that students are grounded in the essentials, but also have some jumping off points from which to build unique skills – skill sets that will be required as societal and professional needs change, and that will provide them with a competitive advantage no matter what career path they choose.”
Several immediate priorities for Dr. Hendrickson include a curriculum review for the current PVM program; development of the proposed 2+2 Program with the University of Alaska Fairbanks; and the strengthening of partnerships with such organizations as the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education and the Consortium of Western Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
“I enjoy working with our professional veterinary medical students and have gotten to know many of them over my years at Colorado State University,” said Dr. Hendrickson. “In this new role, I look forward to continuing to help them craft an education that will serve them not only in their careers, but in creating richness and opportunities in their lives.”