Sheila Allen to retire from role as dean at University of Georgia

August 26, 2016

Allen will remain involved in veterinary education in her new role with the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.


We posted an interview with Dr. Sheila Allen on December 1, 2005 (which just happened to be a Thursday), on her vision for the school. At the time, she was a mere month into her “new” job!

After serving as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia since 2005, Sheila Allen, DVM, MS, DACVS, announced via email on August 5 that she will be stepping down from the position this coming December.

“We have accomplished much together over the last 11 years,” she wrote, citing the doubling of the DVM program applicant pool and the design and construction of a new Veterinary Medical Center as examples.

Allen went on to write that an interim dean will be appointed until the next dean is chosen-a search that begins next month.

Devotion to veterinary education continues

Allen isn't hanging up her hat in veterinary education, however. According to an Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) press release, Allen will serve as the organization's senior accreditation advisor-a position in which she will collaborate with the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) director of education and research to support the Council on Education in monitoring accreditation compliance in 49 veterinary medicine colleges around the world.

“In this role I will stay connected to the profession I love,” Allen wrote in her email announcement, “and continue to serve the passion I've devoted myself to at UGA, veterinary medical education.”