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Dr. Paul Schmidt, former U.S. Army veterinarian, joins veterinary college as emergency planner


Dr. Paul Schmidt Dr. Paul Schmidt

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 8, 2012 – Dr. Paul Schmidt of Blacksburg, Va., has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech as an emergency planner.

“Of his 27 years of experience as a veterinarian, Dr. Schmidt spent 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, which included risk management and animal emergency response experience,” said Mike Harness, associate dean for finance and administration at the veterinary college. “He will be a great asset to the college and take a leadership role in our emergency planning efforts.”

Schmidt began his position with the college on May 1. In his new role, Schmidt coordinates and conducts risk assessments, performs response and preparedness planning, conducts training and exercise programs, and promotes emergency preparedness awareness and outreach. He will also participate in the State Animal Response Team.

During his years in the U.S. Army, Schmidt held assignments in California, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, and Washington as well as Panama, Germany, and Kuwait. He achieved the rank of colonel before entering the civilian service for the U.S. Army, with assignments in North Dakota and Germany.

Schmidt completed bachelor’s degrees in biomedical science and animal science as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Texas A&M University. He also earned a master of public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He is board certified with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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.