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Former OVC dean named U of G Professor Emerita

Congratulations to three Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) professors recently recognized by the University of Guelph as University Professor Emerita: Profs. Eva Nagy, Elizabeth Stone and Pat Turner. Read below for highlights of Prof. Elizabeth Stone’s tenure as dean of OVC and follow these links for highlights on Prof. Eva Nagy and Prof. Patricia Turner’s significant contributions to OVC. We will also highlight Profs. Nagy and Turner in this space in the days ahead.

Prof. Elizabeth Stone, former dean of the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College.Prof. Elizabeth Stone, a well-known veterinary surgeon, educator and leader, has been recognized as a University Professor Emerita by the University of Guelph. Stone served as the 10th dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), beginning her first term in 2005 as the first woman to hold the role of dean at a veterinary college in North America.

Recognized for her progressive approach, Stone made remarkable contributions to the academic and strategic direction of OVC.

Under her leadership, OVC developed a new global model for primary healthcare learning, establishing the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, a hub for student veterinary teaching, primary healthcare provision and research.

Understanding the important role veterinarians play in the health of all species, Stone led OVC in the establishment of the University of Guelph’s (U of G) Centre of Public Health and Zoonoses, an institute that integrates existing public health research at U of G to advance education in zoonoses and public health.

Under her leadership, the U of G’s Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation was also created, with its vision to advance cancer research and discovery, ultimately leading to translational knowledge that could improve the lives of humans as well as pet patients living with cancer. OVC’s state of the art Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer, a comprehensive companion animal cancer treatment centre, was also established under her deanship.

Stone consistently strove to expand learning opportunities for student veterinarians, making major contributions to the OVC curriculum. She championed the adoption of the “one-health” approach and co-chaired two Global Development Symposiums at U of G, in 2012 and 2014, that attracted international experts to speak to the critical links between animal and human health. In addition, she co-authored with OVC Prof. Cate Dewey, SICK! Curious Tales of Pests and Parasites We Share With Animals, which explores how veterinarians solve medical mysteries, particularly in relation to diseases that are transmitted between humans and animals. Stone also recognized the importance of the social sciences and humanities in veterinary medicine, teaching a course in veterinary medicine and literature and co-authoring the book, Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People: Poems, Essays and Stories on our Essential Connections.

With a passion for history, Stone published numerous articles on the history of veterinary medicine and also recognized the need to protect and steward OVC’s legacy. Built in 1922, the OVC main building is an iconic facility on the U of G campus. She felt it important to preserve history both in terms of the legacy of the OVC and its physical building. Various class projects have supported this effort to restore aspects of the building including the restoration of the front stone staircase and interior redesign of the C.A.V. Barker Museum boardroom.

Throughout her more than 40-year career, Stone contributed her expertise to numerous external leadership activities, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) and Lifelearn. She was the first woman to serve on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Morris Animal Foundation, President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and President of the Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.

Stone began her veterinary career with a DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1976. She followed this up with an internship and surgical residency as well as an MS in physiology at the University of Georgia. She later earned a Masters of Public Policy at the Terry Sanford Institution of Public Policy at Duke University in 1993. She was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting research assistant professor at the Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center of the Temple University Medical School before joining the faculty at North Carolina State University in 1984. At NC State University, she served as professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Studies, just prior to her appointment as dean of OVC.

Stone has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reviews and book chapters, and co-wrote a textbook on veterinary urology. She has received numerous awards and honours, including the Distinguished Alumna Award from Scripps College and the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. Stone continues her association with OVC, currently active on five graduate student committees and will continue in supporting OVC’s graduate program through graduate student advising and co-advising.

For your contributions to our community, we say thank you Dr. Stone; we are proud we had you as our leader for 10 years during a time that saw OVC realize many significant and lasting achievements in veterinary education.