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Michael Sutphin joins veterinary college as public relations coordinator


Michael Sutphin Michael Sutphin

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 2, 2011 – Michael Sutphin of Blacksburg, Va., has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine as its new public relations coordinator.

Sutphin comes to the college from the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he worked as a writer in the Office of Communications and Marketing for five years. While there, he wrote news releases, media advisories, magazine and newsletter articles, website copy, and other materials and pitched stories to local, regional, and national press. He began his new position on Aug. 15.

“Michael’s rich agricultural and science communications backgrounds are a significant asset to the college as we continue to promote our world-class instructional and research programs,” said Eric McKeeby, director of public relations and communications for the veterinary college.

In his new role, Sutphin will assist with the public relations and communications efforts of the veterinary college by advancing written and online communications to the general public and key stakeholder groups, developing multimedia materials incorporating college messaging and goals, helping with institutional strategic communications, and building positive relationships with a broad range of constituency groups.  

Sutphin earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Virginia Tech.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is a leading biomedical teaching and research center, enrolling more than 700 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, master of public health, and biomedical and veterinary sciences graduate students. The college is a partnership between the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, features the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and large animal field services which together treat more than 79,000 animals annually. Other locations include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Maryland.