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Dr. Elizabeth Arnold Stone, DVM, MS, MPP

OVC Dean, Dr. Elizabeth Stone

Elizabeth A. Stone became the 10th Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College in 2005. Her career as a scholar, professor, researcher, and administrator spans more than 30 years.

In her time at OVC, she has spearheaded the OVC Integrated Plan, including the U of G Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, the Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation, the Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, and Animal Cancer Centre. Her vision for the OVC Health Sciences Centre is to increase the relevance and contributions of veterinary medicine to society, animals and the environment, in Canada and worldwide.

During Dr. Stone's tenure, OVC has raised funds to establish the Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Endowed Chair in Canine and Feline Clinical Nutrition and support independent research and graduate scholarships through an endowment from Royal Canin. She also worked to secure major investment from Hill's Pet Nutrition to create the Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre, which will opened in 2010.

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of OVC in 2012, Dean Stone has inaugurated a multi-year symposium series on the theme of "Vet Med Evolution: Animals, People, and the Environment." The 2011 symposium celebrated the Human and Animal Bond. The first symposium, Changing Lives: Women in Veterinary Medicine (May 28, 2009) honored women pioneers, mentors, and leaders. In 2010, the symposium theme was Changing Cultures: Veterinary Medicine in Literature. In 2012 the fourth and final symposium will be on International Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Stone is particularly interested in studying and highlighting the role and significance of veterinarians in the public sphere. To help students see their roles as veterinarians within broader cultural and emotional contexts, Dr. Stone created a course in Veterinary Medicine and Literature and has spoken widely on the integration of literature into veterinary schools. She is co-founder of the Society for Veterinary Medicine and Literature, which supports and advances the discussion of literature and arts in veterinary medical education and practice.

She introduced the Community Readers program at North Carolina State and OVC to explore veterinary medicine and the human condition through literature. With her post-doctoral fellow, Marie-France Boissoneault, she examined how veterinarians are depicted in various media, including memoirs and film.

Under Dr. Stone's leadership, the OVC collaborated with the Ontario Agricultural College and the Colonel K.L. Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare to hold the 2007 Symposium, CARING DURING CRISIS: Animal Welfare during Pandemics and Natural Disasters, to raise awareness about how animals, and the people who care for them, are affected during pandemics and natural disasters.

Dr. Stone is President of the Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. and served as co-chair of the Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Symposium on outcomes assessment of clinical competencies (April 2008).

Prior to joining OVC, Dr. Stone held the positions of professor and head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at North Carolina State University. She received her veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis in 1976 and completed an internship, surgical residency, and MS in physiology at the University of Georgia in 1980. She earned a Masters of Public Policy at the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University in 1993. Before joining the faculty at NC State University in 1984, she was an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting research assistant professor at the Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center at the Temple University Medical School.

Dr. Stone has been a strong advocate for the career success of faculty, initiating an Early Career Faculty Writing Workshop and a formal faculty mentoring program. To expand learning opportunities for veterinary students, she established the Community Campus Partnership Program to provide opportunities for students to hone core surgery and medical competencies while providing preventative care and spay and neuter services for homeless dogs and cats.

Dr. Stone chaired the Feasibility Study Team for a new Veterinary Medical Center and played a critical leadership role in developing a strong case statement as to why the veterinary college needed new facilities for excellence in clinical teaching, research, and service programs. In partnership with the development office, the dean, and the faculty, she procured private support for outreach programs and endowment bequests for student scholarships and faculty positions and established partnerships for training and service programs with a private specialty hospital, an emergency clinic, the county animal shelter, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Dr. Stone is well-known as a veterinary urologist, having co-written a textbook of veterinary urology and published more than 100 papers, reviews, and book chapters. She has served as President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Morris Animal Foundation. She was on the first certifying examination committee for the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Stone has served on external review panels for several veterinary colleges and was the staff liaison for the Advisory Panel for Veterinary Medicine of the Pew Health Professions Commission. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Scripps College and the Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.