Pierson appointed interim director of Veterinary Teaching Hospital

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 21, 2007 – Dr. F. William "Bill" Pierson of Check, Va., has been appointed interim director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Pierson’s appointment fills the vacancy left by Dr. Bob Martin who returned to full-time faculty status after 14 years in the position.

“Dr. Pierson has distinguished himself as a capable and effective professional who has worked closely with the poultry industry, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and other organizations,” said Dean Gerhardt Schurig. “He has provided important leadership in establishing and managing our College's biosecurity programs and I am confident in his ability to step into this key leadership position.”

In his new position, Pierson will be responsible for developing and implementing hospital policy and procedure, insuring state-of-the-art care for patients, and providing a dynamic and continually improving clinical environment that promotes scholarly and educational activities.

Prior to his appointment as interim director, Pierson served the college as an associate professor of biosecurity and infection control and a clinical specialist in avian medicine in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

He received his D.V.M. as a member of the veterinary college’s charter class in 1984 and his Ph.D. in avian medicine from Virginia Tech in 1993. He is board certified as a Diplomate by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists, the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Poultry Science Association, the North Eastern Conference on Avian Diseases, and Phi Zeta.

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) is a two-state, three-campus professional school operated by the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and the University of Maryland at College Park. Its flagship facilities, based at Virginia Tech, include the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which treats more than 40,000 animals annually. Other campuses include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., and the Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, home of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. The VMRCVM annually enrolls approximately 500 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students, is a leading biomedical and clinical research center, and provides professional continuing education services for veterinarians practicing throughout the two states. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.