Veterinary college names associate department heads
The two clinical departments in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech have recently announced additions to their administrative rosters. Both the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences now have associate department heads.
Dr. Terry Swecker, of Blacksburg, Va., an associate professor of production management medicine and clinical nutrition, has been named to the new position in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Swecker to this new and important position and look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to move our department and college forward,” said Dr. David Hodgson, head of the department “As there is no salary or administrative loading associated with these appointments, I am indeed most appreciative he has accepted this increased administrative role.”
Dr. Karen Inzana, of Blacksburg, Va., a professor of neurology, has been appointed to the same position in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.
“Dr. Inzana’s 20 years experience and her proven leadership within the veterinary college will be of great benefit to the small animal faculty and to the college,” said Dr. Gregory Daniel, head of the department. “I am very confident in her abilities to effectively do the job and I am happy to have her assistance.”
The duties of this position are primarily to assist the head of the department in the discharge of his or her responsibilities and to provide continuity of leadership within the department and college, according to Hodgson. In addition, the associate department head may exercise all powers and has all responsibilities of the head of the department during the absence of the department head for a period of five days or more, or as otherwise directed.
Swecker received his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1984 and his Ph.D. in 1990 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the college faculty in 1990, Swecker was an associate veterinarian in Troutville, Va. He is board certified as a diplomate by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.
Inzana received her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1980 from The University of Tennessee and her master’s degree in 1985 and her Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Inzana has been with the college since 1989. She is board certified as a diplomate in the College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.