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Looking Ahead in the New Year

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'” —Alfred Lord Tennyson

Reflecting on 2020, it is hard to find words to describe our journey. At times, it felt like we were all racing in a runaway train, unable to comprehend how to cope or even stop the wreck we felt lay ahead of us. The year will go down in history not only for the tragic pandemic that swept across the globe, but for all of the aftermath left in its wake. For those on the frontlines who continue to serve us, we are forever touched and grateful. While much was lost in the wake of COVID, we concurrently dealt with a prolonged season of wildfires, and the tragic consequences of systemic racism in our society. We are all looking to 2021 with hope and the expectation that only a new year can bring.

A Year of Innovation and Discovery

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”– Steve Jobs

As the year of 2018 comes to a close, it is a good time to celebrate our accomplishments.  For the school, this past year was a time of innovations and discoveries in multiple areas of our mission—from basic science to community building.

DVM students welcomed into our Class of 2022.

We welcomed a diverse incoming class of students who are academically gifted and prepared to serve in our global society. They joined and strengthened a community united by our common sense of purpose to serve society.

Talented teams of researchers, clinicians, students, and staff used novel techniques and approaches. They advanced new treatments and helped answer fundamental questions to explain our world and advance the health of animals, people, and our planet.

Gratitude and Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice. “ – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Galen Groff, a 3rd year DVM student, and Dr. Karen Park, a surgical resident, finish bandaging one of the cats rescued from the Camp Fire. He was later identified as Mayson and reunited with his owner.

As we look skyward through the gray smoke that hovers over us, waiting for the winter rains, it is a good time to reflect on the blessings around us each day.

A holiday to express gratitude following the deadly California fires over the past several weeks is both timely and healing. From tragedy comes hope as we observe all those who came to help the animals and people affected by the fire.

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