Michigan State associate dean named dean of UF vet school


Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.

James W. Lloyd, an associate dean in Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Lloyd will officially begin his new job at UF in July, when he will become the veterinary college's sixth permanent dean.

"We are confident our veterinary college, hospitals and clinics, which boast nationally and internationally recognized programs in academia as well as advanced research laboratories and facilities, will flourish under (Lloyd's) leadership," David Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs and president of the UF&Shands Health System, said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.

Lloyd was chosen after a nationwide search led by search committee co-chairs Teresa Dolan, a professor and dean of UF's College of Dentistry, and John Hayes, a professor and dean for research at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

"I am particularly excited by (Lloyd's) vision to position the College of Veterinary Medicine at the forefront of efforts to link health sciences, agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine to address some of the most important issues facing our society," Hayes said in the news release. "He brings a tremendous set of skills to the table."

Dolan said Lloyd's "experiences as an agricultural economist, veterinary practitioner, educator and associate dean responsible for budget, planning and institutional research have prepared him well for the leadership position as dean. I have no doubt that he will work to develop an outstanding leadership team and advance the College of Veterinary Medicine to one of the top programs in the country."

Lloyd most recently served as the associate dean for budget, planning and institutional research at Michigan State's vet school. Lloyd maintained joint appointments as a professor in the departments of large animal clinical sciences and agricultural economics at MSU, and was an adjunct professor at MSU's Eli Broad College of Business.

During his career, Lloyd has worked to apply the disciplines of economics, management and business to the veterinary medical profession through research, teaching and service, according to the release issued by UF. Lloyd is passionate about economic trends affecting the veterinary profession, the current status of veterinary practice management education and curricula for veterinary professional development and career success, UF stated.

Lloyd earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from MSU in 1981 and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from MSU in 1989.

Lloyd called the UF veterinary college "an outstanding institution with a core of exceptional faculty, staff and students. … I look forward to working with both internal and external stakeholders to build on the college's existing strengths in research, teaching and service and to expand the college's recognition as a respected leader in academic veterinary medicine."

The opportunity to collaborate with the Health Science Center and IFAS is exciting, Lloyd said in the UF news release, adding that he is also looking forward to engaging with alumni and practitioners in the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, and to working closely with Florida's diverse animal-owning public — including pet owners, horse owners and the livestock industries.

Lloyd is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and VetPartners. In addition, he served on the executive committee of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association for four years and was its president in 2010.

His history of active involvement in the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges includes both extensive committee work and sustained advocacy initiatives on Capitol Hill, according to UF.

In 2005, Lloyd was appointed director of strategy and innovation for the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. He was named associate dean for budget, planning and institutional research for the college in 2007. While at MSU, he successfully led the college through the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education accreditation process.

During this time, he also taught extensively in both pre-clinical and clinical courses, with an emphasis on epidemiology, food safety, herd health management, production medicine, veterinary medical career development and veterinary practice management.

As a veterinarian and an economist, Lloyd has published more than 165 journal articles, technical reports, proceedings and book chapters, according to UF. He has successfully secured grant funding for veterinary education and animal health projects, as well as for research in areas he holds dear — the financial dimensions of veterinary medical education, the non-technical behavioral competencies that contribute to veterinarians' succes,s and markets for veterinarians and veterinary medical services, UF's news release stated.

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