BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 31, 2007 – Dr. David Hodgson has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) as the head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. He comes to the VMRCVM from the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia where he served as professor and head of the Faculty Horse Unit.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hodgson,” said Dean Gerhardt Schurig. “He brings with him an impressive combination of clinical and academic experience as well as a very strong record of accomplishment in equine research. I am confident he will provide exemplary leadership and vision for the department.”
Hodgson earned a BVSc and a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and a Fellow in both the Australasian College of Biomedical Scientists and in the American College of Sports Medicine.
In addition to his immediate past position, Hodgson also served as head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and veterinary hospital director at the University of Sydney. He has also held positions at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and Washington State University.
Hodgson has published numerous academic papers and has received many awards for his work, including the Ian Clunies Ross Medal which is awarded by the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons for contributions to veterinary research during the honoree’s first decade after graduation.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.