Meet the Dean: Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D.
Start Date: March 20, 2013
End Date: March 20, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Animals, Society, and Education
A Presentation and Reception
Becker College introduces Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., Dean of the School of Animal Studies at Becker College and Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at a reception and presentation, where Dr. French will discuss the ever-changing roles of animals in our society.
Animals are not only companions, but are also a source of food and nutrition, critical to advancements in science and medicine, and integral components of a healthy ecosystem. Animal studies can be a diverse and often conflicting realm. How do we educate our students about the critical roles animals play in the vitality of our society and the global culture? We need to explore and open minds to all the dimensions of animals in society, and will do this through an examination of the aesthetic, ethical, sociological, and economic dimensions of the emerging concept of One Health. As we explore this, we will remain steadfast to Becker College’s commitment to educating students in the comprehensive care, use, and treatment of animals by employing the best tools, resources, and educators available.
About Dr. Richard French
Richard French, DVM, M.S., Ph.D., is Dean of the School of Animal Studies and the Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College. Previously director of the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Dr. French comes to Becker from the University of New Hampshire, where he supervised the pre-veterinary program, for which he was recently honored as academic advisor of the year; helped reorganize the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture; and helped lead development of a cooperative wildlife disease center involving Cornell University, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of New Hampshire.
Dr. French acquired his DVM from the University of Illinois, and ran a small animal practice for several years before returning to the academic world. He is a member of the USDA National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, and has authored numerous publications, including the first report of West Nile virus in the northern hemisphere (Science, 1999).
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