The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources (IANR) announced that a national search will be launched to identify the next director of its Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC) in Clay Center, Neb., following the announcement of GPVEC director Dale Grotelueschen's July 5 retirement.
“I want to thank Dale for his service and dedication to GPVEC and the university,” said Mike Boehm, Harlan vice chancellor of IANR. “His steady leadership has benefited Nebraska’s beef cattle industry through the training of veterinary and graduate students, veterinary practitioners, beef producers and industry.”
Grotelueschen has served as GPVEC director since 2013. He worked in private veterinary practice before serving for 16 years as a professor of veterinary extension diagnostics at Nebraska and director of the Panhandle Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in Scottsbluff, Neb. Prior to coming to GPVEC, Grotelueschen worked for 13 years as a technical services veterinarian for Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis.
While the search is underway, Clayton Kelling, director of the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Galen Erickson, Nebraska cattle industry professor of animal science, will serve as co-directors of GPVEC.
This co-leadership model structure signifies the commitment IANR is placing on resilient systems for food animal production, health and well-being, the announcement said.
GPVEC has been the focus of significant strategic discussions recently, IANR said, noting that an interdisciplinary team of practicing veterinarians, producers, industry stakeholders and faculty recently concluded a thorough review and inventory of the assets needed to serve producers — cow/calf and feedlot specifically — advance science and train the next generation of livestock veterinarians.
The group developed a data-driven strategic framework to help GPVEC accomplish this enhanced mission, which leverages key partnerships with the School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the department of animal science, the Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Nebraska Extension, the professional program in veterinary medicine, research and extension centers across the state, the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC).
“With the support of our partners and a collaborative approach, GPVEC can be the ‘gold standard’ in advancing food animal health and well-being in a state that plays such a critical role in feeding a growing world,” Boehm said.
The strategic framework outlines updates to physical assets, such as upgrading the fire suppression system for the GPVEC residence hall to allow for continued use by students and visiting scholars and the hiring of additional faculty. The strong partnership between GPVEC and USMARC will allow the center to go from four full-time faculty members to eight, which will enable the delivery of more educational, research and extension programming.