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OSU Office of the President

January 17, 2018

Members of the Oregon State community,

Today represents a milestone moment for our university. 

A remarkably generous donor has made a $50 million commitment to the College of Veterinary Medicine – the largest gift that Oregon State has ever received. While the amount is historic, the impact that this philanthropy will have on generations of veterinarians, OSU research and the people and animals whose lives our veterinary graduates so profoundly touch is far reaching.

In recognition of this incredible generosity, I am pleased to announce that the college will now be called the Gary R. Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. This represents the first named college at OSU and only the second named veterinary school in the country.

A Portland native, Dr. Carlson is a 1974 alumnus of Oregon State. After studying science at OSU, he went on to medical school then established a dermatology practice in Southern California. Dr. Carlson’s love of animals motivated this philanthropy.

Most immediately, his gift will allow us to double the size of our small animal hospital, which will house devices for advanced oncology care and other treatment technologies.  In addition, Dr. Carlson’s gift will touch generations of veterinarians through an endowment to attract and retain top-tier faculty and support other strategic priorities in the college. Here is a link to a news release regarding this gift.

We owe Dr. Carlson a tremendous debt of gratitude along with our promise that the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will be a place of great pride and transformative discovery, learning and service to others.

Please join me in celebrating this wonderful news.


Edward J. Ray

Oregon State University Foundation

850 SW 35th Street | Corvallis, OR 97333-4015 | 541-737-4218 |

Austria Looks To Oregon for Camelid Expertise

Vienna College of Veterinary MedicineJuly 28-29, 2017 The First International Camelid Congress in Vienna, Austria, featured four speakers from Oregon, including Dr. Chris Cebra, Dean Sue Tornquist, and OSU alum Rachel Oxley. OSU has been a world leader in camelid research for thirty years. Dr. Cebra has written or co-authored over 70 scientific articles concerning camelids, and has been involved with over 40 camelid research projects.

Nearly thirty camelid owners and sixty veterinarians attended the two-day conference at the Veterinary Medicine University Vienna. Camelids are becoming more popular in Austria, and the conference sought to broaden attendees' knowledge of camelid medicine.

The third oldest vet school in the world, Veterinary Medicine University Vienna has more than 2000 students. “Its interesting to see a different approach. There is a lot of attrition as they go through the five-year program; over 200 start in a class and they only graduate about 100,” says Dr. Tornquist. ” These students are right out of high school so they are learning undergrad at the same time they are starting their veterinary education.”

While attending the conference, Dr. Tornquist took a tour of the college where she was particularly interested in their clinical skills lab which contained many models for practicing things like placing catheters and palpating. She would like to create a similar lab at OSU. “In Europe they do a lot more with models and keep the use of live animals to a minimum,” she said. “We are looking at the best way to combine models and live animals to give our students the best experience. For example, we start to teach physical exams in the ‘Animal Care and Handling’ class. Then in the second year, they are expected to do physical exams in anesthesia class, and we have felt they are not quite as prepared as they could be. Physical exams are one of those things you need to practice over and over to feel confident about your proficiency.”

OSU College of Veterinary Medicine currently has several animal models including those that allow students to listen to different heart or lung sounds, and models they can bandage or suture. “If we’re really going to do this right, we need to add more,” says Dr. Tornquist.


Veterinary Medicine University of Vienna


OSU Vet College has Another Endowed Professorship

September 2015 The highest honor a university can bestow on a professor is naming them to an endowed position which is funded by a generous donor. The position provides annual funds which can be used for research or to support fellowships or student projects.

Dr. Susanne Stieger-VanegasRecently the Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine announced Dr. Susanne Stieger-Vanegas was the first recipient of the Camden Endowed Professor of Diagnostic Imaging.

Dr. Stiger-Vanegas has received North West Camelid Foundation grants including Development of CT Protocol for Examination of abdomens of Camelids with Colic Symptoms and the Evaluation of Camelid Cardiac Abnormalities Using CT.

Rebecca Camden serves a on the Dean's Advisory Council. She recently retired as Chief Accounting Officer for CHC Group, Ltd., a company which provides helicopter services and search and rescue to offshore oil and gas companies. She is a 1979 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics and Anthropology. Her late husband was a 1977 Oregon State graduate. Rebecca is a lifelong Dachshund owner and is active in Dachshund rescue. Her Dachshund, Maude, has helped with recent fundraising.

The first endowed professorship at the College was the Glen Pfefferkorn and Morris Wendorf Endowed Professor of Camelid Medicine, first of its kind in the nation, awarded to Professor Chris Cebra.

Newly Endowed Professor


New Dean of OSU Veterinary School Announced

I was pleased to be on the Oregon State campus March 6th when Dr. Sue Tornquist was announced as Dean of the Veterinary College. Dr. Tornquist joined the OSU team in the late 1980's. She immediately became interested in alpaca and llama research. Many animals owe their lives to her research into liver functions and identifying protocols to determine norms and how to treat problems. She also is a national leader in camelid red blood cell disease.

She has always been a friend of camelid owners. We should be proud to have her lead the OSU nationally renowned camelid medicine program into making even greater discoveries.

Congratulation Dr. Tornquist!

Glen Pfefferkorn
Glen Pfefferkorn, President NWCF

Susan Tornquist Named to Lead OSU Veterinary School

by The Oregonian/OregonLive [edited]         March 6, 2015

A longtime Oregon State University professor and administrator will lead the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, the university announced today. Here is the text of a news release announcing the appointment:Dr. Susan Tornquist

Susan Tornquist, who has been interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University since October of 2013, has been named dean of the college.

Tornquist has been on the faculty at Oregon State since 1996 and previously was associate dean of student and academic affairs in the college, where she also is a professor of clinical pathology.

"Sue Tornquist has been a very effective leader for the College of Veterinary Medicine over the past 17 months, and has demonstrated that she has the very best interests of the college at heart and the skill set for enhancing the college's education, clinical services, research and outreach," said Sabah Randhawa, OSU's provost and executive vice president.

While Tornquist was interim dean, the college surpassed its fund-raising goal of $47 million through The Campaign for OSU; again received full accreditation in 2014 from the American Veterinary Medicine Association; launched a new graduate program in comparative health sciences; and saw the class of 2014 achieve a 100 percent pass rate for the national board exam for veterinarians.

As associate dean, Tornquist helped the college grow its enrollment, coordinate student internships, build partnerships with the Oregon Humane Society and other organizations, and make student experiential learning a hallmark of the program.

Tornquist received her veterinary medical degree from Colorado State University and her doctorate in veterinary pathology from Washington State University. Her research interests have focused on immune responses to infectious and metabolic diseases in animals, particularly llama and alpacas.

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