After long tenure as interim dean, Susan Tornquist to officially lead Oregon State veterinary school


Tornquist looks to expand veterinary facilities in the next five years.

Dr. Susan TornquistAfter serving 17 months as interim dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, Susan Tornquist, DVM, PhD, DACVP, has been named dean of the college.

“Sue Tornquist has been a very effective leader for the college of veterinary medicine over the past 17 months and has demonstrated that she has the very best interests of the college at heart and the skill set for enhancing the college's education, clinical services, research and outreach,” says Sabah Randhawa, OSU's provost and executive vice president, in a university release.

Tornquist has been a member of OSU's faculty since 1996, serving as a professor of clinical pathology and then as associate dean of student and academic affairs. While interim dean, the college surpassed its fundraising goal of $47 million, again received full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Assocation (AVMA), launched a new graduate program in comparative health sciences and saw the class of 2014 achieve a 100 percent pass rate for the national board exam for veterinarians.

Tornquist says she wants to steward opportunities and initiatives in One Health for undergraduate students and see expansion in both instructional and clinical facilities in the next five years. “We are looking forward to great opportunities for research and strengthened clinical capabilities in oncology and infectious diseases and continued collaboration with Oregon Humane Society in providing experiential learning opportunities for veterinary students while providing needed veterinary services for animals in need,” Tornquist adds in the release.

Before coming to Oregon State, Tornquist was on the veterinary medicine faculty from 1990-1996 at Washington State University, where she received her doctorate in veterinary pathology. She received her veterinary medical degree from Colorado State University.

Tornquist succeeds Cyril Clarke, who is now dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veteriary Medicine.

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