Julie Bailey hired as Clinic Director of Becker College’s Lenfest Animal Health Center
Julie Bailey, DVM, of Clinton, has joined Becker College as the clinic director of the Lenfest Animal Health Center, a fully operational veterinary clinic open to the public, serving more than 1,000 patients annually on Becker’s Leicester Campus.
In her position as clinic director, Dr. Bailey is charged with strategizing ways to expand Becker’s School of Animal Studies’ academic programs and the Lenfest Animal Health Center’s service to the students, community and profession.
“I am extremely happy to be joining the Becker team as this unique opportunity will allow me to utilize my medical, surgical, and teaching skills,” said Dr. Bailey. “I am eager to share my knowledge and experience with our students, and show them that learning doesn’t end when they graduate; learning is lifelong. I look forward to working together with my colleagues to transform the current on-site veterinary clinic into a teaching hospital what will further enhance the experience of our students, provide a talent pipeline for animal care and veterinary facilities, and also provide care to underserved animal populations.”
Dr. Bailey, who earned her DVM from Colorado State University in 2002, comes to Becker from the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center of New England, in Waltham, Mass. Since 2009, Dr. Bailey has served as a part-time volume and teaching veterinarian at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and as a volunteer instructor and surgeon at Tufts at Tech at Worcester Technical High School. Because of her dedication to combining shelter medicine with teaching, she was awarded the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 2011 Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Bailey has also been part of the emergency response team for several disasters including the 2011 tornadoes that touched down in Massachusetts.
“When filling this position, we were looking for someone who was more than a veterinarian,” said Richard French, DVM, MS, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Animal Studies and Allerton Chair of Animal Health Sciences at Becker College. “We wanted someone with an excellent skillset and a thought leader in this industry in order to maintain our position as one of the top producers of veterinary technicians in the country. Dr. Bailey brings with her an extraordinary passion for veterinary medicine and teaching, for our students, and for the Lenfest Animal Health Center.”
Becker’s Animal Studies program has earned a reputation as a leader in the field. Nationally, Becker College is one of the top 10 largest producers of undergraduate veterinary technology degrees among four-year institutions. In 2011-2012, Becker ranked first in New England among the top 15 producers nationally for four-year private institutions in awarding undergraduate animal studies degrees. Becker is one of only two private colleges in New England to offer AVMA-accredited undergraduate programs in veterinary technology. One of the unique qualities of Becker’s program is the community practice at the Lenfest Animal Health Center.